Monday, 27 June 2011


I just thought you might like to see some of the items that came back with me from the US this year.

Packing to come home for me is always a work of art, hubby always tells me that I have bought too much and I am not going to get it all in somehow I always manage to pack it all in and shut it up. Mind you poor old hubby was moaning like crazy at the weight and insisted I reduce each suitcase’s weight by around 5 kilos each, so out went his PJ’s, out went his toiletries, his wet flannel which weighed quite a bit, and I insisted he wear his coat even though it had been up in the 90’s... but I think you will agree with me that it was worth it.

Some of the bits are to go into the booth, some are for the fair at Olney and some (in actual fact lots) are now sitting on my shelves and in my collections.

Cute little velveteen rabbit  found by hubby which still has its original working squeeker to go in the baby section along with these two baby pictures which I could not resist

This vintage patchwork eiderdown I found at a flea market and it is just waiting to be completed by someone.  It is lovingly put together just needs it's wadding and backing.  I did not mind as I would not have got it home otherwise.
I always buy tins as I can use them to put things into and I had believe it or not 16 tins... but this is my favourite the art deco design is just adorable and there is minimum damage to the paint and so this will be coming to Olney with me along with these two art deco party booklets – again the graphics and the colours just jump out at you
The lady that was selling the rabbit also had some wonderful ephemera and I could not resist these boxes as I think they will look great displayed.
This is just a small taster of the things I will be bringing with me to the fair, I have loads of ephemera, some beautiful brooches and more of those tins that I talked about also a lot of items are already in the booth at Brackley Antiques Cellar.  Hopefully this will wet your appetite and you will come and pay me a visit and say hello at the fair.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


For those of you that are wondering where I have been hiding myself I have just returned from my holiday where I have been visiting with family in the USA and catching up with all the gossip, travelling around, sightseeing and of course purchasing lots of great new items for the booth and for the vintage fairs.

Over the next couple of weeks I will try and blog about some of my more interesting visits and also show you a few of my wonderful items, some of which I have to admit are not going anywhere.

Hubby loves the American Civil War and we always visit some of the battlefields or areas where battles took place and one of the towns we visited was Petersburg in North Virginia.  As well as the battle fields there are plenty of places to shop so it is a win, win situation.  Hubby lets me shop and I let him visit the battlefields and we do a bit of the history stuff which I have to say is no loss to me as I also enjoy these.

Whilst there it was 97 degree heat with  high humidity, we were definately flagging and we went into a little book shop/coffee shop Rivers Edge on 12 West Street

 Now for those of you who have never been to the US they do love us Brits and we always seem to get a little bit of  extra attention.  The shop was originally a hotel and it was the place where the American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe stayed on his honeymoon after marrying his 13 year old cousin Eliza Clemm, and although the downstairs was set out as a interiors shop/book shop and a place to relax and drink good coffee, upstairs where they honeymooned was no longer in use.  On chatting to the owner he offered to show us the upstairs and with no further ado we took him up on his offer and climbed the stairs. 

Do you think this was the en-suite

The guy who owns it is slowly going to restore it and reopen it but as can be seen from the pictures he has a heck of a job to do and I can see it taking many years before he has it finished but he is trying to preserve it as best he can in the meantime.  He tried for years to purchase the property and finally succeeded and I wish him all the luck in the world with his project.

Both hubby and I felt  really privlaged to be allowed the view a little bit of literary history and the icing on the cake was that the coffee was one of the best we had this visit and the orange frosted cake was to die for.