Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Northampton Winter Vintage and Home Made Fair - Thanks To All

Sorry for delay in showing photograph’s of the fair, I know that I said I would give all of you that could not come lots of photo’s but when I got up on Sunday ready to download them all I pressed the delete button and they all vanished – PANIC!!!

Luckily youngest daughter is a keen photographer and she had taken lot and lots of them and so I have taken them off her card – had to trawl through hundreds but think that these will give you a flavour of what was a great day for both sellers and Ann and myself.

Before the sellers arrived - the quite before the storm

Setting Up

Wonderful goodies on the stalls

We all coveted the shelves but Ann got there first

Let the fair begin - eager customers
Tea and cake

These were the very last of the cakes,  for the first time they all sold out before the fair ended.  Make a note Lesley, more cakes next time!!!

This is just to say a big thank you to all our lovely stall holders and visitors.  Everytime as it gets nearer to the day Ann & I say never again and then we get "You must hold another one" and we roll our eyes and say OK.
See you all in the Spring

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Although I am up to my eyes in it preparing for the fair, pricing stock and making tags as well as acting as labourer for hubby who has been busy decorating the lounge I was determined that it was not going to be all work and no play for me this weekend.

Earlier this year I bought four Chrysanthemum plants for autumn colour,  they were really baby plants when I put them in but rather like Topsy they have grown and grown and have rewarded me with the most wonderful display of flowers some of which I picked for the house.  We visited my sister for a quick cup of coffee and collected the last of the pears off the tree from her garden. 
I have been busy making more Christmas tags as these always sell well and I try to do different ones every year so that people don’t see the same items from me.
The highlight of the weekend was seeing my lovely granddaughter in her first dance production.  Bee has always loved dancing and singing (she is  a right little performer in every way!!!)  Eldest daughter thought it would be a good idea to channel her interest properly instead of her dancing around the living room and she enrolled her in the Limelight Theatre School in Northampton.  How proud her Grandpa and I were, I found myself with tears in my eyes and not just when watching her dance, some of the little ones were just so sweet.   Bee did so well, being tiny she was one of the smallest in her class but she held her own  and threw herself into the moves tapping and jazz dancing her way  across the stage.  Unfortunately we could not take any photos or video but the memory of her face filled with determination, with her tongue between her teeth as she remembered the dance moves will stay will me always.  
The little Prima Donna posing
This wonderful child size chair was found in a reclamation shop and is for the grandchildren to fight over when they come to visit.  I could not resist it even though we have no real room for it I have managed to squeeze it in.
Finally I never get over the generosity and warmth that comes from people in Blogland I was busy making yet more tags this morning and postie knocked on the door and handed me a parcel.  I could not believe it when I opened it and a lovely thoughtful funny gift was revealed.  Carol from SarahCarolMakes who is having a stall at our fair on Saturday had sent me a handbag mirror and badge - I think she is trying to tell me something....
Thank you so much Carol - I will wear the badge on Saturday with pride whilst touching up my lippie in the mirror!!!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Ann and I have been up to our eyes in organising the latest Northampton Vintage & Home Made Fair, which we are holding on the 23rd October. Please see they flyers in the side bar for full information.

We have been out putting up flyers, distributing them to libraries, tourist information centre, local shops, cafes, the Fishmarket and generally handing them out to anybody that might be interested. We are also in the process of sorting out the newspapers adverts, now that just leaves the radio – whew...

In between sorting the fair I have been a little creative and have made another shadow box and some decorative vintage blocks which will be coming with me.

That aside my booth at Northampton Antique Centre also needs to be stocked and kept up to shape, I thought you might like to see a photo of part of my area now that I have been in a for a while

I am very pleased the way it is going and I have decided that I will be continuing with my booth when we move....

Yes you read right, Northampton Antiques Centre is moving to bigger and better premises in Northampton Town Centre . The address is 22-36 Kettering Road and it will be opening its doors on Tuesday 3rd November.
The premises are much bigger and brighter and it is in the town centre which has to be better for both sellers and buyers alike.  There will be more space for new sellers to join us and it is going to have rooms for classes, such as general restoration, upholstery and arts and crafts.  It is also going to have a tea rooms which means people can come and spend some time browsing  and then stop and have a cup of tea or coffee with cake. 
 It is also going to have a new name


and I am sure that is exactly what it will be.