We’re getting ready for the Rose and Brown vintage fair and we’re super excited. It’s at Victoria Hall in Saltaire this Saturday, Nov. 29, and along with stalls packed with fashion, homeware and gifts, there will be tea and cakes (well, it would be rude not to!), nostalgia trips and a wonderful atmosphere.
Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ll find on our stalls, which are in the Evans room:
Sharon: I love this retro, travel alarm clock, which keeps perfect time. It also reminds me of the clock my grandma Annie kept by the side of her bed. A comment from my daughter, also Annie, is a reminder that the times they are a changing “I love it but the tick is loud”, she said. Personally, I love the sound of a tick tock. It’s much more soothing than a silent, digital clock.
Sharon: I have a thing for printers trays. They look fantatsic hung on the wall or propped against the wall on a hall table or sideboard. You can have endless fun filling them with nick nacks. My trays are something 0f an addiction, like the one I have for chairs and pouffes. So I’ll be bring along a batch of them, including this one. I have filled it with my collection of Wade Whimsies, which make perfect stocking fillers.
Stephanie: I am getting so excited. Regular GY readers will know that, during the sad but fascinating process of clearing the family seaside home bought by my husband’s grandparents in the 1940s, we found lots of vintage treasures (surely, they must be?) in the attic and in the cupboards. We (that’s me, my sister-in-law Bernadette, and my niece Vicky) will be selling lots of it at the Saltaire Home & Vintage Fair from our stall called Ella’s Attic, in honour on my mother-in-law (though I have not made a sign yet – yikes!). We found lots of really old stuff, especially as we started to dig down in the attic, including many pieces that we are stumped as to the purpose of (so if you can help, come and have a look). Just love this teaset, above, although sadly there are only two teacups intact, although the rest is perfect – tea for two!
Sharon: I agonised over these beautiful and useful, blue Tams soup bowls and side plates. I want to keep them but I already have a grand total of 12 soup bowls in the cupboard so they will be on my stall. If you want to buy them you may have to wrestle them off me!
Stephanie: These sturdy wine glasses or goblets were a real find. They are perfect and they must have survived so long because of the thick yet lovely density of the glass. I won’t be sorry if we end up keeping them!
Sharon: I forgot to say that I also have a button habit. They look lovely in glass jars and are great for making things with. I’ll be bringing my homemade button earrings to the fair. They’re fun to construct and they’re only £1 a pair.
Stephanie: This oil lamp was a find – it took me ages to work out that the shade actually went with the base. The BED hot water bottle would have been most necessary in the North of Scotland of a winter’s night (or a summer one), and the brown jug looks great on the shelf (though it does have a crack).
Stephanie: The ebony brushes kit was another interesting find. Can’t see any on the internet (so does that mean it’s rare?). Got a pot missing and a pair of scissors (which may well have been in the attic – boo).
Stephanie: I’ll be bringing books found in Ella’s Attic too, including the beautifully illustrated King Albert’s Book, The Ideal Cookbook and Cassell’s Household Guide, which was “Presented to Mrs MacDonald On the occasion of her marriage, April 30th 1878.” MacDonald is my mother-in-law’s family name.
Anyway, can’t wait. Come and say hello to us!
The Saltaire Home & Fashion Vintage Fair is this Saturday, November 29, at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire, 9.30am-4pm, tickets £3 on the door (under 16s free), see http://www.roseandbrownvintage.co.uk/default.asp?textpage=fair for more information.