Sunday, 28 November 2010

Vintage and Handmade Fair

Today I ventured out in the icy cold with best friend Miss Lawton to Chipping Sodbury for the Vintage and Handmade Christmas Fair. And oh my goodness we were in vintage heaven. It was a treasure trove of loveliness and we had to restrain ourselves from completely emptying our bank accounts!

Set up by Jayne Soule and Michele Chivers, they hold the market in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall around four times per year and it's free to enter. The next one is on 9th April 2011 and we're already planning a return trip to purchase Easter bits and bobs. Plus there's a lovely tea stall with yummy homemade cakes and vintage crockery to keep the energy levels up for much rummaging. Here are some of our favourite stalls and purchases.

Donna Flower specialises in vintage fabric and textiles, and from her I bought some gorgeous 1920s decoupage figures which I think will make lovely decoration for homemade greetings cards.

Tracey Hewlett had an excellent array of vintage quilts, fabrics and antique finds. Miss Lawton bought a gorgeous 1930s mint green and pink floral quilt here.

Doing great business was Notebook Nostalgia which takes old hard back annuals and books, replaces most of the pages with blank paper and binds them to create one of a kind notebooks. I've not seen anything like this before and Miss Lawton and I both bought gifts from here. Unfortunately they don't seem to have a website so I'm afraid there's no link for them but if I find one, I'll post it on my blog.

Here are some of the other vintage treasures we returned home with.

The cherry on top of a lovely day was a late lunch at the Tollgate Tea Shop which is on the A46 on the way back into Bath from the motorway. Spiced parsnip soup and shepherds pie warmed the cockles whilst overlooking the beautiful winter sunset over the Bath hills. Bliss.

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