Tavistock Vintage & Textile Fair, Tavistock Town Hall, Devon

A colourful day of inspirational buying in the heart of Devon


The Tavistock Vintage & Textile Fair opens its doors four times a year to a buzzing crowd of local buyers (including folk singer Seth Lakeman, who’s a regular visitor) and the event last Saturday (22nd February) was no exception. Packed to the gunwales with traders and makers selling wares to an eager bunch of home lovers, crafters and shop owners, the pickings were rich.


Sue Redford (above), who runs the Children’s Hospice South West charity shop in Tavistock, was inspired to add mustard to her growing collection of mid-century turquoise-cased glass. A great colour choice for this season.


There were textiles galore and one stand that got a lot of attention was Style Drawer Vintage Fabrics. I really loved the richly coloured bark cloths and Sixties dress fabrics.


With a bit of a 1960s theme running through the day, the chair on Naomi Bishop’s stand would be quite a find for someone going totally retro.

‘My mum has been collecting for years, so we’ve turned all of that stock into a props hire business called My Vintage China Hire,’ said Naomi. Trading next to her was good friend and fellow Cornwall girl Kate Gale of Revival Living & Home Interiors, who runs some delightful furniture painting workshops.


Emma Greenstreet, who owns clothing and homeware shop Number 30 in Ashburton, bought a chunky gilt frame to use as a prop, while friend Jenny Moore, who trades at antiques centre Etc Etc in Ashburton, fell in love with this charming decorative table.


You couldn’t help but love the cheerful display at Love Bobbins, a wonderful upcycling business run by Emma Pearce and Lee Jackson. ‘Emma makes all the textile pieces, such as the lampshades and cushions, while I do the painted objects, like house numbers, boxes and driftwood pieces,’ said Lee.


Keeping it bright and bold was Steve Barrett (in the pink shirt) from Plymouth, who had the task of getting his new purchase, a large 1960s sheet-metal sign bought from Sian Pope, out of the building. Sian can be found selling an array of colourful delights at the Tavistock Pannier Market every week.


Frances Howard was delighted that her daughter Tamar Howard-Pearce had come down from London specially for the fair. ‘I collect Jobling, most notably the Tudor Rose design as I’m a keen plantswoman, so I’m very pleased with my purchase from the H&A stand today. It’s been worth Tamar’s journey too as she’s bought this wonderful red velvet vintage Jaeger jacket,’ said Frances.


Tavistock is a great place to visit and the next Vintage & Textile Fairs is scheduled for 12th April – don’t miss it!

Do come and see H&A at a fair near you for great magazine and subscription offers as well as lots of other tabletop treats. This is where you’ll find the team throughout the next few weeks:


Saturday 1st, 10.30am-3.30pm – Monica’s Vintage Fair, St Johns School, Rochester Road, Gravesend, DA12 1DD

Saturday 1st (9am-7pm) & Sunday 2nd (10.30am-5pm) – MK Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza, The Centre MK (in front of John Lewis), Milton Keynes, MK9 3EP

Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th (Thurs 12-5pm; Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm) – The 25th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, Bath, BA2 4EU

Saturday 8th, 9.30am-3.30pm – The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1HS

Sunday 9th, 11am-4pm – Let’s Do Vintage – In Springtime, St Mary’s Art Centre, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9HN

Monday 24th, 10am–4pm – Vintage at the Village Hall, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford Forum Dorset, DT11 7AD


Saturday 29th, 9.30am-3pm – The Vintage Bazaar at Hartley Wintney, Victoria Halls, Hartley Witney, Hampshire, RG27 8RE