I've been meaning to get back to my blog for a while now, but always seem to run out of time or energy these days...But finally here I am with some photos of my latest vintage buys and some of my latest news. Firstly some of the things I was able to pick up on my foray to the South East (see previous post.)
'Barbola' seems to be the word that best sums up my purchases...Funny how a theme often runs through vintage finds. The leaf and berry piece above and below is a beautiful 30's standard lamp. Once its all been checked-over, I'm going to use it as extra lighting in my shop. (This came from Snoopers Paradise in Brighton.)
A rarer leather-work barbola mirror, which I shall probably bring with me to the Vintage Bazaar, if I can bare to part with it! (Also from Snoopers.)
And a 1930's waste paper bin with barbola decoration from The Needlemakers in Lewes.
|A huge spool (probably a lifetime's supply!) of vintage seam binding in a lovely 30's green. Perfect for many of my crafting projects.|
|Ostrich feather and knitting needle-case for resale at the Vintage Bazaar.|
Three wonderful ribbon-work garters which I may just have to hang on to ;-)), came from the 'fantabulous' Snoopers Attic, which I mentioned on my previous post. I did love it there!
Another favourite find was this sweet copy of The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley. I have a small collection of various editions of this story. (Perhaps I should write a blog post about them in the future?) The illustrations are always adorable. The pictures in this little shortened edition, look just like water colour paintings.
|Another lovely book, found at The Needlemakers, was this children's bird book with stunning colour plates...|
|What a magical place to be married.|
My treasures from a memorable time away with my hubby :)
|I've also been regularly buying for my shop. I single-handedly got this painted dresser into my shop at the weekend! Such a cute size at approx: 3' wide.|
|(Lots of china on the other (much larger!) dresser in my shop.)|
Easter Sunday was not a day-off for me and the many others who had trekked-down to the local flea market, to either buy or sell vintage lovelies. It does seem so much more difficult these days to find beautiful pieces, with so many of us all chasing the same things. I am pleased with the small haul that came home with me though...
|One of my best items was this small display cabinet, which probably once stood (unpainted) on a tobacconist's shop counter. It is now destined to display much prettier things inside! ;-))|
|A gorgeous framed print of a watercolour painting, depicting a Cornish fishing village.|
|Teeny tiny mesh purse and some broderie anglais trim to dress fairies in!|
|Three tins with olde worlde charm.|
|A gorgeous antique French fabric.|
|Sugar tongs for your afternoon tea!|
|A collection of costume brooches. Some will find their way onto my next handmade projects.|
|These ones are for my own collection, which I've featured on my blog before.|
French beaded daisies and silk millinery blooms.
|Various chandelier crystals, which I shall be stringing up with ribbons.|
|A fabulous Victorian photograph album with floral mounts...|
|Victorian lidded rose bowl - Which you'll either love or hate. Me? I love this kind of thing!|
|These c1930's playing cards are going to play their part as packaging for some buttons I shall be offering for sale soon.|
I've been squirrelling away a few other tasty treasures for the upcoming Vintage Bazaar, Frome. (As well as working hard at my sewing machine) - Always a much looked-forward-to event, and one I try extra hard with, to put on a tempting display to entice the visitors. If you'd like more details of this fair, they can be found here.
Yesterday I had to make a trip to the post office to send off a parcel to one of my customers. I had quoted her £3.65 as I had always done for the size of parcel I was sending, only to find that Royal Mail have changed all of their criteria for letters and parcels. I had quite a shock when the post master asked me for £6.75 - almost double what I had quoted my customer. All this just because my parcel is now classed as 'medium size' and nothing to do with the light weight of the item. I'm so glad that I no longer rely on my on-line web sales, as I think this is going to be very limiting to all sellers. In some cases, I am sure the postage is going to be more than the cost of the item being sent. And if I were to have to shop for vintage stock, constantly baring in mind the size of the piece, it would be very tedious. I have lost sales in the past due to Royal Mail - Once I have quoted their price to a customer, they have decided not to go ahead with the purchase. Will they end up pricing themselves out of the market I wonder? I had heard they are already making a loss, so I can't see these latest changes helping...
|Anyway, all of that makes me more determined to make my little shop work and to participate in at least one vintage fair per month to network and to keep in touch with everyone. Last month I met a lovely lady called Pam at the Nth Cadbury Fair. Pam has mentioned me on her blog and has shown what she has made using some buttons purchased from my stall - here. Its always a pleasure to see vintage items being re-used and enjoyed again. |
I would just like to mention that Lizzie has decided to run another fair at Nth Cadbury this year. This was a lovely little fair with the hall filled with dedicated textile dealers. The date for your diary is Saturday 23rd November 2013, which should be a great opportunity for some festive shopping (if I dare to mention that in April! ;-))
To end I have a couple of items of shop news. Firstly I would like to thank all who nominated my little shop for Homes & Antiques Magazine's People's Choice Award. I am thrilled to say that I am on the short list! I will be attending the awards ceremony in Battersea later this month. I won't hold my breath, as I am up against two 'bigger boys' (an antiques centre and a higher-end antiques shop), but I am chuffed to bits to have had this recognition for all the hard work involved in running a small business in a difficult area and economic climate. And it's all thanks to you! x x
Secondly, more great news. Belinda and Wayne of No.21 have moved their stylish antiques and interiors business to Shepton Mallet's Market Place, opposite Nostalgia at No.1! :) It is wonderful to look over to see their beautiful window displays. The hub of the town is growing!...
|Hope you enjoy the rest of your week...I'm off to start on a batch of fairy folk for the Vintage Spring Bazaar.|