The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes, Saturday 29th November 2014


Ready for a bit of sparkle? If so, The Vintage Bazaar  Christmas Market in Devizes at The Corn Exchange, SN10 1HS is the place to be on Saturday 29th of November.


The event is open from 9.30 to 3.30. Admission is £2. There will be 1940's hats, bags, shoes, coats and dresses for sale.....


 ....As well as Vintage Christmas decorations...



Textiles, Linens and lace....and much more!


 For full stall-holder details, please visit The Vintage Bazaar blog or Facebook page by clicking the links highlighted here.

Monday, 24 February 2014

The suitcase. A 1940's time capsule.


Last year I was fortunate enough to purchase this rare collection of 1940's children's clothes and shoes......


Having been packed away in a suitcase for almost 70 years, the shoes are lovingly polished to a conker-like shine.


Scuffed sandles, some with holes where the toes poked through.... It is poignant to imagine who the case of clothing belonged to, perhaps an evacuee sent away from the bombings in WW 2?


Bertie, my vintage mannequin models some of the garments.


Many items in the suitcase have the CC41 Utility labels which are found on clothing issued in the the war.


A tiny pair of leather gloves would have kept a child's hands warm and dry during a bitter Winter.



There is something charming about old clothing labels?




Knitwear has been darned..button holes repaired.


This tweed pinny has been made from an adults garment. Make and mend was a way of life in the war years. In contrast to the much-worn shoes, several hats are in pristine condition. Obviously much hated and never worn!


The little shoes are my favourite items.







 Here are details of the charming embroidery on the dressing gowns and the beautiful smocking on the dresses.


There are even sets of reins, complete with a small bell!


I will be taking a selection of Vintage Childrens' costume to The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes on Saturday 8th March. Doors open at 9.30. Admission £2 for adults.


Monday, 21 October 2013

Textiles Galore!


I cannot believe it is over 6 months since the last Rag and Rummage in the village of Trull!


 Happy memories of a packed hall, stands piled high with textiles and other goodies.....



On Saturday the 26th October we will be back there again, along with Ted and Bunny, Beyond France, Lucia CollectablesMuddy Dog, and others who, like me have been clearing out workrooms and cupboards to bring lots of lovely stock to this event.


 Doors open at 9am and the fair will finish at 2 pm. Admission for adults £1. Hope to see you there!


Address; Trull Memorial Hall, Church Road, Trull, Near Taunton. TA3 7JZ

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The Vintage Bazaar in Frome


This was Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair last Friday, a wet, cold and let's be honest, miserable scene!


I took very few photos this time, apart from on this extraordinary stand.....


Thousands of china dolls, all shapes and sizes.... laying on the soaking ground, all waiting for new homes...


I was very restrained,and just came home with one of these!



 Despite the murky weather, we had a good fair. Fortunately our next fair is inside, so we don't have to watch the weather forecast for the next few days. The Vintage Bazaar in Frome takes place next Saturday, the 19th October at The Cheese and Grain in Frome.


 We have been gathering Vintage Christmas goodies, as well as red and green ceramics and accessories perfect for the festive season.


 As always Clare and I have carefully gathered a fantastic selection of vintage stands with a mixture of stock which includes textiles, homewares, costume, handmade delights, jewellery and much more!


The Vintage Bazaar blog has more details, as well as a Facebook page here. Doors open at 9am, and the event will close at 3 pm. Admission is £1 for adults.


Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Othery Vintage Textile and Rag Market





Yesterday dawned grey and wet....a rather gloomy start to our first Vintage Textile and Rag Market in Othery village hall in  Somerset.


The gloom began to lift as the hall filled with stallholders busy in the task of setting up their stands.....



It didn't take long for things to be arranged and in place...



Each stand brimming with goodies....





Despite the weather, there was a definite floral and cheery theme on many of the stands.....


 The day flew by in a blur of laughter and chat with a lovely crowd of enthusiastic customers. A big Thank you to Pam, aka Sowy Stitch for making us so welcome in her village and introducing us to all her stitching friends!


We are already planning a date to return in 2014, so watch this space for the confirmation of the next event. In the meantime, there is another West Country Textile event in Trull village hall on Saturday 26th October. Click the link here for further details.