Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Vintage Giveaway

I have been to Gloucester Antiques Centre again to add some new stock & a small set of shelves for more display space. They were just boring old pine so I painted them my favourite duck egg blue which I think sets off vintage items beautifully.

I rearranged the display on my little table - I use this as my "shop window" & change the display every time I go. This seems to work well as it brings different items to the attention of the customers & I always sell items from there. This week it is a bit of a tea party theme with china & glass.

Now for the I have 299 followers & it's my birthday on Wednesday so I thought I'd have a giveaway to thank you all for your support & friendship.

Until I started blogging I didn't realise how many like minded folk there were out there. Without the blogging world so much of what I have done in the last few years wouldn't have happened.....particularly the Vintage & Handmade Fairs which has exceeded all my expectations. I would never have met my partner in crime, Michele, or all of the lovely ladies that read my blog or exhibit at & attend the fairs & who I now call thank you once again!

The giveaway will be a surprise box of vintage goodies - all you have to do is to leave a comment here & I will do the draw on my birthday - the 2nd February.

And speaking of fairs - don't forget about the Vintage Jumble on the 5th March - it's going to be great fun!!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Beautiful Visitors

This rather splendid chap was posing on top of our garden wall so we could admire his beauty.

And this is the last thing you expect to see in the pub car park next to the post office!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Vintage Jumble

When your work room looks like this..... need this....

Most of you are probably like Michele & I....we have loads of "stuff" that we are hanging onto but would like to clear out - too good to give away but not quite right for our shops/fairs/websites. It's time for a Spring Clean!

We have been wondering how to clear out some of this clutter - not too keen on car boot sales, don't have enough parking to have a sale at we came up with the idea of holding a Vintage Jumble Sale at the village hall in Rangeworthy (the venue of the first V&H Fair!) - we want the Jumble to be vintage & not just general household stuff. Prices will be "Cheap & Cheerful" so people can come along & find a bargain & we end up with some empty space at home. We have some of your favourite vintage dealers signed up already!

We have booked the hall for Saturday 5th March - we can accommodate about 18 stalls (6 foot tables). It will be a half day event - 11am - 3.30pm as we have to be out by 5pm & it means nobody has to get up at the crack of dawn to get there!

As our usual Tea Team are at university becoming very clever & educated, the ladies of the Rangeworthy WI have come to the rescue & will be selling tea & cakes to refresh you!

We have a few stalls still available, so if you would be interested or have any questions please contact either myself or Michele asap as space is limited!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Toy Museum

Today Mr Cottage & I set off on a jaunt to Stow on the Wold as I wanted to visit the toy museum there & it was well worth the trip. It was stuffed to the rafters with a most delicious selection of dolls, toys & vintage childhood ephemera. I felt quite envious!

I think in this instance pictures speak louder than words, although these were taken with my phone camera, through glass & without a flash so some of them aren't brilliant! Click on the photos & they will enlarge so you can enjoy the details.

It is definitely worth a visit!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850