details and updates for all Vintage at the Village Hall events are now on Fab Fairs website fabfairs.com

vintage clothing, fashion accessories and jewellery, English and French textiles, Brocante, decorative furniture, furnishings, garden and homeware, designer-maker crafts and a carefully chosen selection of handmade gifts.

Friday, 3 December 2010

yeay!! photos and The Giveaway winner!!

Thankyou so much Shirley for taking these pics before
we opened the doors!

my stall in red-and-white

next to Shirley with her wonderful French display!
(there's more pics on the Simply-Chateau blog)

and all these people- it was literally awash with buyers!

there's more pics if you pop over to Donna at Bizzy Days
and with Lizzie and Lucy Bloom (who had stalls).

The local paper carried this write-up on Thursday,
it's a bit confusing calling it a Vintage Clothing sale
especially after I sent them explicit details of the event!

Well, after all that excitement it's time to announce
The Giveaway Winner. . .
Sara and Julie who took charge of the kitchen
sold an amazing 183 slices of cake, and the person who
came nearest to that amount is Gill, The Vintage Gardener
with her guess of 150!

Once again I want to say thankyou to everyone for so much
help and support with this fair- I couldn't have done it
without you all!

and in answer to all the requests. . .
YES there will be another fair in the Spring!!

Monday, 22 November 2010

Only 1 week to go!!

Only 1 week to go until the doors open for Vintage at the Village Hall in Pamphill, near Wimborne Minster!
The time's simply flown since my first post telling you I'd booked the hall!

In answer to the questions you've asked. . .

The hall will be open for setting-up from 7.30am.

Quite a lot of dealers have asked me about early trade entry. I very much appreciate trade coming to buy, but I feel early entry is not right for this fair. The fair opens to all at 10 a.m

Double stalls have two 6ft tables and as many chairs as you need. There's also room for a card table and clothes rail.
Single stalls have one 6ft table and as many chairs as you need. There's also room for a small card table OR small clothes rail.

If you want to bring items of furniture or something that might not fit on your stall, I'll try my hardest find a space for it SOMEWHERE in the hall. There's a small raised stage which I've kept free for "extras", so if you have room in the car bring it along!

Tables should be covered with cloths that reach to the floor.
As this is a vintage event, all clothing on the rails should be at least pre 1990s
The ladies toilets will probably be used as a changing room, and I'll put a full-length mirror in there

I was originally planning to provide light lunches from the kitchen, but with only a guesstimate of people who might want food, I've decided to stick just to drinks and homemade cakes.
If you have any other questions please phone or email me directly.

Interest in the fair so far has exceeded all my expectations and it looks like being a REALLY fab day!

Look forward to seeing you :)))

Friday, 19 November 2010

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Random jewellery. . .and an Open Day!!

Gill, with her RANDOM jewellery and craft company

makes eye-catching and VERY wearable jewellery
using handmade motifs
and vintage beads and buttons

She also makes exquisitely hand-crafted accessories
that follow fashion trends, but with a
little "individual twist" to set them apart from the crowd!

19th and 20th NOVEMBER 11am - 8pm
for more details 01202 601356

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Red and White :)

Wanting to get as many tasks out of the way before The Day (only 2 weeks to go!!) I started thinking (as you do) about a colour scheme for my stall that gave a nod towards Christmas, without going overboard on glitz 'n' gold.

Not having set up shop for such a long time, I confess I'm feeling a tad apprehensive about re-creating the "look" that used to flow so effortlessly twice a week on my round of regular fairs.

Rummaging through the linen cupboard for inspiration I found the scrumptous string of  polka-dot and shabby floral bunting that I won in the Winnibriggshouse Giveaway earlier this year.

Handmade by Jenny, it even has my name embroidered on it, so how perfect is that. . .and what better colour scheme to use on the stall than red and white!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Vintage Lizzie

Liz Drake is a textile addict! 
Working mainly in the West Country at Vintage Fashion and Textile Fairs, Liz has a passion for woven and printed Paisley Shawls, quilts, patchwork, lace, embroideries  and  buttons.
  With an eye for all things French she makes regular trips with Linda (who is also selling) to buy linen, lace and trimmings.
Liz is also a mixed media and textile artist, incorporating antique textiles and lace into her work and dying fabrics and threads to use in contemporary quilt making.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Flyers..Cards..Posters..Sandwich Boards..Whatever!

If any of you have flyers, business cards, brochures. . .indeed any written details of events, fairs, shops or websites that you run, and you would like me to put them out on the tea tables at the Vintage Fair for people to take, please either send them to me (contact email on the sidebar and I'll send you my address) or bring them with you to the Village Hall on the day.

Monday, 1 November 2010


OK, here's the conundrum:

Vintage at the Village Hall is the first fair I've held. . .
the very first Vintage Fair in Wimborne. . .
DEFINITELY the first fair of its kind in our Village Hall. . .
and the first time I've sold home-made cakes

12 lovely sellers
3000 flyers distributed
posters displayed everywhere
adverts in the papers
blog and website mentions

Soooo. . .how many cakes will we sell??

Here's the home-bake menu:
lavender muffins
Dundee fruit cake
mincemeat traybake
sticky lemon drizzle cake
(and a dash to the Farm Shop Tearooms if we run out!) 

and here's THE GIVEAWAY!!

The fab book A YEAR in FASHION is the
 VINTAGE at the VILLAGE HALL Giveaway prize. . .
its an absolutely stunning  hardback book
 set in a "diary" style, giving a fashion-themed quote
and contemporary or vintage fashion photograph
 for every day of the year.
Our adored heroine Audrey Hepburn
gazes iconically from the front cover in Tiffany pose.

(have you ever before seen cakes and Audrey in the same sentence?!)

All you have to do is leave a comment here to say
how many portions of cake we will
sell on the day of the fair
(I say sell because we won't count what Ted eats!)

If you would like to follow the Vintage at the Village Hall blog,
put the Giveaway on your sidebar
or write a post with a link to this site,
that would be very much appreciated.

This Giveaway is open to everyone
and I'm happy to ship Overseas.

Closing date midnight 28th November
(the day before the fair)

Good luck everyone! xx

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Fabulous Frome & Heartfelt Thankyous!

I just wanted to say a HUGE thankyou to Clare and Lizzie for organizing the The Vintage Bazaar in Frome which was a truly amazing place to visit- even without the stunning array of goods for sale on stalls, the atmosphere was enough to make you feel giddy on  girly-gorgeousness!
Uncannily, the photo on the flyers really DID capture the feel of the fair!

Thankyou Lizzie; even though you've been so busy with The Bazaar and your many other commitments, you still took time to display
Vintage at the Village Hall advertising on the front desk. . .and "heartfelt thankyous" is what this post is all about.

I've been so touched by all the interest and help promoting my fair and want you to know it's really appreciated. So much has come from people I've never even met!
Stallholders at The Bazaar, and other antique fairs and markets who have taken stacks of flyers
Shopkeepers, Antique Centres, all the workplaces, business premises and community centres who have displayed posters and flyers
Advice and The Voice of Experience from other Fair holders!
My lovely stallholders who have done, are doing and are going to do posts for the fair on their blogs
Our local printer for displaying the poster in his window and photocopying it foc for a lady who enquired about the details!
Emails I've received from fellow bloggers around the county offering to distribute flyers. . .
the list goes on and on, and there's still 4 weeks to go!!!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

For me or not for me. . .

ooooooh I just LOVE this quirky vintage 1930s theatrical prop mannequin, her linen body is covered in Union Jack flag bunting!

Now, the dilemma is. . .do I get to keep her :))). . . or will she go to the Village Hall??

For me or not for me. . .that IS the question!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Washerwoman

I have the greatest admiration for Lizzie, and her fabulous blog
aptly titled The Washerwoman was one of the reasons that I
began blogging earlier this year.

Her eye for finding an absolutely stunning selection of
Vintage English and French stock is second to none.

Very reasonable prices mean she certainly appeals to both
trade and private buyers alike, which is why she's so successful
selling at Vintage fairs and in The Dairy House at Semley.

Her blog also contains a very useful and concise list
of Vintage fairs in the area.

I'm so grateful for her enthusiasm when I mentioned my
fledgling idea of Vintage at the Village Hall

and really look forward to seeing the gorgeously girly items
she'll be bringing to sell on the day!


Lizzie is also holding her own vintage fair in
Frome, Somerset on Saturday October 30th.
It looks really good and I'll DEFINITELY be visiting!
The Vintage Bazaar blog has further details

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The Vintage Bothy

Tracey from The Vintage Bothy has an amazing way of pulling together
a perfectly cohesive look from the stunning array of
Vintage lovelies for sale on her stall.

I've been an avid reader of her blog but we only met
for the first time at the weekend, and I'm
So SO pleased she'll be joining us at the Village Hall.

Her eclectic vintage stock ranges from vintage textiles,
decorative items for the home, small painted furniture,
 papier mache & fabric covered boxes,
beautifully illustrated childrens books and vintage luggage,
through to rusty wrought iron and desirable gardenalia
and up-cycled chandeliers, each one re-hung with antique crystals,
beads & Venetian glass to create a uniquely "new" design.

Thursday, 7 October 2010


Simply-Chateau Shirley and I have been friends
for many years

so its difficult to write an unbiased post about her
delicious French finds,
but as you see from this small selection of photos

her trip over from France to sell at
Vintage at the Village Hall
is going to be a treat for EVERYONE!