Monday 27 April 2015

Vintage at the Village fair ..... in Somerset.

 A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Oscar Wilde

The Art Deco .. of Laura and Phil Payne.

Yesterday we went to Somerset to a little village called Puriton.  In that particular village hall there was  Vintage at the Village fair organised and run by a lovely couple Laura and Phil.

As we pulled up the village hall and surrounding parts were packed with cars and people to get into this lovely hall.

We walked in and Laura was on the door and welcoming people.  The pretty hall inside had been laid out beautifully and there was bunting all around.  By the window and through and archway there were tables laid to have coffees and teas and a lovely man dressed as a railway guard (more about that later!)  The stallholders had laid out their tables and they were brimming with goodies.  Laura pointed out that there was a lady selling vintage haberdashery and this she said would be my heaven!.. she was not wrong!

Laura and Phil specialise in Art Deco and the little area where they had set up was through another little archway, looked outstanding.  Phil was smiling and in his element in his era of dreams with music of the time playing in the background....

There were a few faces I knew and lots of new and exciting sellers that I was yet to meet.  The village hall was brimming with goodies and people.

My husband had spotted the little cafe part with cakes, buns and savoury pastries on offer, all dished and served in and on vintage china.  The cakes were some of the best that anyone had tasted.  They were all homemade and some of the goodies on offer were chocolate cake, lemon drizzle, carrot cake, chelsea buns, bread pudding scones with jam and clotted cream, coffee cake and so so many more.
 My husband was to be found in this area practically all the time and is proud to say he had a slice of nearly all of them! ( where he puts it I really could not tell you! .. Laura and I had a conversation whilst laughing about 'how can he eat like that and not be round like a pudding'!! ... )

I went around taking some photo's and of course I lingered at the haberdashery ... Oh my! there were ribbons, threads, embroidery threads, lace, Jars brimming with untold goodies.
 The lady that owned this stall and business is Helen and she was such a lovely, helpful lady who had the same love of all things haberdashery as me ...  I had to stay a while and look through all the delicious goodies that this stall had to offer ( whilst my husband was in cake heaven!) and I bought some lovely bits and bobs.  Including some wonderful ribbons...

Suddenly I spied a beautiful stall and really unusual in the fact that this lady only sold one kind of product... But oh my! vintage picnic baskets.  They were beautiful.  Each one different in colours and with all that you needed for a great day out .. just add your food

and drink with a something to sit on.  Some were in actually baskets and some in colour picnic sets of different eras.  Apart from taking the photo's I just had to look at them all.  She says on her card that they love picnics as a family and they all have the same ingredients .. fun people, fantastic food and a special location which will create the ultimate relaxing day for special memories.  All you need to do is buy one of these and pack it up and voila!  I think we can all agree these look wonderful....

I found a beautiful stall selling just vintage suitcase.  This was the work of Malc Stacey who was dressed as a railway guard.( he did not want his photo taken particularly so I had to respect that) but he looked fabulous.  Malc explained that he was given alot of these antique cases and trunks.  Then he would clean and mend them and go to all these types of shows with them.
 The money he makes? you may ask.... well all the money goes to the West Somerset Railway to help preserve and maintain the steam trains and tracks.  You can get more information at  The cases and trunks were stunning and the way they were all put together the nostalgic travel days just seem to be there..  Malc said that I lot of people buy the huge vintage trunks and make them into coffee tables , adding little legs and some perspex glass for the tops.

Moving along there were two lovely ladies called Louise and Sam and they own Sammi-Lou Vintage.  There stall had some beautiful vintage embroidered clothes, china, laces and all sorts of
wonderful goodies.  I stood and talked to them for quiet a while and learnt all sorts of wonderful information.  It is so lovely when people share.... It is what makes the world go around.  I had to buy a few bits from them including some vintage embroidered linens...... One happy lady!

By now the hall was brimming with people and so I decided to join my husband for a piece of cake and a coffee (if he had not eaten it all)  I found him by the cakes... Yes and I choose a piece of the chocolate cake which was outstanding.  He had a chelsea bun and some lemon drizzle cake and I had a little bit of each to try.  Honestly it is the best lemon drizzle cake I have ever tasted!

I had a few more stalls that I wanted to go to including Blue Lias Vintage who had some really beautiful china.  I ended up buying three coffee cups and saucers that were too pretty to leave behind.

The top left hand picture has the little cups and saucers that came home with me.... they really are beautiful.

Wandering along there were there was a lovely stall with beautiful vintage goodies on there, from starfish in a jar to an antique radio.  She has a shop in Weston-Super-Mare.  The address is 22 Baker Street!... honestly and the postcode should you not believe me is BS23 3AE.  There was some amazing things to tempt people on this stall and so unusual.
There were some beautiful stalls there.  A lady selling vintage brooches and a stall called Amanda Jane's selling mostly ladies millinery  and a lady who made some pretty little bags and purses from fabrics as well.

Stefanie was there with her fabrics ( she sells a lot of vintage liberty fabric) and she has some ribbons and notions as well.

This vintage fair really was beautiful and very well attended.  Laura and Phil have some more planned and the next one is  on Sunday 24th May at Walton Village Hall, Meadow Lane, Near Street, Somerset BA16 9LA  it is from - 4pm and is £1 entry fee.

If you can make it, you will not be disappointed and I believe Laura was hoping to get the ladies who made the cakes back for that event too...
Put this one in your diaries ladies and gents ... It is worth the visit!

I hope you have enjoyed your little look around and I know there is a fair on in Blandford today so I am now off to that hopefully.... Although I am running a little late today so please excuse me.

Have a wonderful day and as always Happy Stitching!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Sarah, good to meet you the other day and thanks for posting the pictures of my stall.