As my regular readers will know I set off to a stunning village in North East Hampshire named Hartley Wintney. The village is beautiful. My lovely friend and neighbour who died this year actually used to live there with his wife and children, so it was a lovely day for many reasons. ( He used to work for J P Coates for over 50 years)
The vintage textile and vintage goodies event was held in Victoria Halls. There was good parking and people coming and going. Inside was an Aladdin's cave of beautiful stalls to tempt you. Also there was a lovely vintage cafe inside selling homemade cakes and freshly made sandwiches to order along with Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks. All of the cups, sauces, plates and cutlery were vintage and lots of tables spaced apart to sit.
There were some great stalls and I met some amazing like minded people who understood my needs and also must have attitude!!
The first person I met was a lovely lady called Michelle and this lady, with her husband who drives her around, goes from vintage fair and markets to vintage fair and market all across the UK. Michelle writes a weekly news letter and takes photo's of the events that she attends weekly. The Michelle is on Twitter ( search for The Vintage Girlie) and she also has a page on facebook search the vintage girlie and read her news letter, I think it is wonderful, Michelle has over 7,000 readers of her vintage news and keeps you up to date on forth coming events and also covers the events with a news letter and photo's.
Now wandering around ( actually I was probably not that sedate!) I found Liz and Jack, Liz was the lady that I bought the 3 meters of the 1930's paisley from, guess what... she had the same amount again, it was her last of that amount...... Yes I did, I bought it! Along with another stunning couple of meters of delicious fabric and some mother of pearl buttons!!
I also bought some other fabrics that are awesome and vintage trims, lace and yes J P Coates threads.... very fitting in that village I thought.
We spent 3 hours in the fair and it was not only fruitful for my business but to meet with such wonderful people who all have a passion for vintage was such a joy.
To get an in depth look at the show take a look at Michelle's vintage news letter and all the photo's. Michelle will be loading her news letter today.
I also collected a handful of leaflets on up and coming events and that is something you will see on Michelle's news letter.
Well I have lots of washing and pressing of fabric to do, but it is not a chore... I love doing it. I also love sorting my beautiful dresser out in my kitchen with all my vintage and newer china on and other little bits ( vintage cutlery and sugar tongs etc) I bought something for that as well... I couldn't help it!!!