The weather was sunny when we arrived ( we had a couple of showers too) But mostly people were inside looking and buying.
Liz and Jack were there of the Washer woman and La Camionnette bleue fame with a huge stall of such stunning French fabrics that you did not know where to look next ... yes dear readers I did indulge! There were little table lamps everywhere lighting up all the corners in what is usually Sarah's personal work space with log burner inside for warmth during the winter months. Liz had lots of haberdashery bits along side some china and all sorts of gorgeous French finds, as you can see her stall looked stunning.
Most people had put there things in the large barn and so it was a fluid kind of display for them all. But wow! So when you took and item to the till it had a ticket on it, which told the helpers taking money who it belonged to and it is written down .. all you need to do as a buyer is pick up what it is that takes your fancy ... people were walking about with arms full of vintage goodies .. I made a trip to the car twice!!!
Sarah Moore had some of her own designs and makes for you to buy like cushions, pin cushions, purses and china plates .....
Ian and Paul of Hector and Fox not only were in Sarah's farmhouse kitchen cooking up delights but they had things for sale too and had made some beautiful tea cosies out of an old hexagon quilt ... along with other vintage and antique finds to purchase.
Melanie Jones of The muddy Dog Co. had lots of things to tempt, along with jars of buttons for sale.
Julia Jepps of Gazehound Vintage was there in her own little barn tucked in cosily from any showers that decided to appear. Julia is a very busy lady at the moment and is about to open her own shop as well, there will be more about that later in the week.
Holly Steele and Steven Nicholas of Nicholas and Steele were there and I found a display that I knew was part of their stock because they always have some beautiful old marmalade or cream jars along with some really pretty old glass jars as well as other vintage goodies spread around the huge barn.
Tracey Pinninston and Jessica Alice were there with gorgeous things on display all around the large barn. The sun was out and streaming in through the doors along with candles going and table lamps lit ... it was like wonderland.
Because basically everything was arranged like a huge shop this meant that everyone had arranged there stock in beautiful clusters and on old furniture, around the large barn, and so you were not always aware what stock belonged to whom but it is such a wonderful way to display it all rather than table after table in the space through the the barns .. I was told recently 'never under estimate the power of display' and it is so very true!
Rebeccaa Hadnett of Simply Country, Jessica Alice Brocante and Pauline Kelsey and Fred Sheffield also had stock there. I believe I have them all accounted for and their skills of display along with Sarah's vision for how she feels it would look best was jaw dropping as you can clearly see from the photos.... I was told too that Ian and Paul had a lot to do with the displaying as well (Hector and Fox) and I have to say the artistic way that the large barn was set out was truly magnificant ... people were actually gasping as they walked through the doors. The atmosphere at this event is electric and people come from far and wide to attend.
I met a great friend there, Sally and she had another friend with her as well called Leith and we managed a huge catch up not only did we have a coffee at Sarah Moores sat outside looking over the South Downs but the four of us went for a late lunch at a pub in the next village! We ended up staying there until past 5pm .. we did not arrive until 2.45pm though. It was so lovely to see Sally and Leith and we had such a wonderful time nattering and talking about not only our purchases and how stunning it was but general catch up chatter too.
The work that goes into such an event is outstanding and to open up your home to the general public as well ! .. Sarah opened up her lounge too for anyone to sit and have a coffee if the weather started to play games. Her own kitchen was used for all the baking. All the while her gorgeous dog bramble is welcoming other dogs that had arrived with their owners and a few times I saw him playing enthusiastically with another dog and they were playing chase ...
I bought some lovely bits and not much fabric actually ... I will do a show and tell for you of course but I will just tease you a little ... from Liz and Jack I bought an antique quilt topper that has a backing on. It is really very beautiful and it is probably going to be a wall hanging but as yet I am unsure ...
It was a really lovely vintage event and it seems such a personal one as well. It is held at a home not
in a hall or marquee and families with their pets are welcome. You can wander around the gardens and sit sipping tea or coffee outside or in. People are all talking to one another and Sarah is busy greeting people and flitting here and there helping either in the kitchen washing up or wandering around checking the displays and tidying after us vintage lot have run around picking things up to buy.!
If you have never been to one of Sarah Moore's pop up vintage events at her home then you really ought to make the journey .. In fact Sarah is not that far from Chichester at all.
I would like to thank Sarah and her family and all the people who were there stalling for such a lovely welcome and a great day and Paul and Ian for those scrumptious scones .... delicious! oh and for our new but very old patchwork tea pot cover!!!!
We had such a lovely weekend and we went to Frome on Sunday at the monthly vintage and hand made and independent fair that they hold. So not only was I was surrounded by gorgeous vintage things on Saturday .. so was I on Sunday as well and met up with the lovely Adele of Number Ten interiors based in Warminster who had a really beautifully displayed stall with too much to tempt people with!! I am so pleased with my china Adele .. Thank you!
Well that was the news of our weekend and I hope you have enjoyed the read and looking at the
Have a great day and as always Happy Stitching! .. I am away to my sewing room to get on with a sampler that I am stitching. I keep looking at the sky here this morning and it is coming over black again, no stitching in the garden again I am afraid! sigh! ... I will be back here on Thursday XX