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.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Homes & Antiques Magazine Review

A really fabulous article about the fair in Homes & Antiques Magazine

Vintage at The Village Hall brightened up last Monday (14th October) with style, welcoming several hundred people through the doors of Blandford Forum's Corn Exchange for a jolly weekday shopping experience.
With an offering of elegant homewares, gorgeous vintage fashions and textiles, workshops, and booksignings, it was exactly how the perfect vintiquing week should begin. OrganiserElaine Kirsch seems to have hit on a recipe for success with her event and, with the help of friend Jo Hall, there was even tea and cake to refresh visitors too.
Pearl Lowe was at the event signing her latest book, Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft. Pearl, an inspiration to many lovers of vintage style, spent the day chatting to visitors and exchanging stories.

Victoria Hopper of Vic Loves To Knit, from Romsey in Hampshire, is such a keen knitter that she bought this wonderful vintage birdcage to house knitted birds! 'I’ve been looking for one for ages, so I’m really pleased,' she said.

Good friends Wyn Mackey and Denise Symmons were delighted to be out shopping together after Wyn booked a last-minute flight from Dublin for a minibreak. Denise just had to snap up this Avon soap set, which we featured in a recent issue of H&A. 'From 1982 to 1986 I worked as an Avon lady in the Blandford Forum area and have a small and much-loved collection of soaps, giftsets and perfume bottles. This is a wonderful find!’ she said.

Fashion buyer and collector Samaya Ling was busy rummaging away and, if her full shopping bags were anything to go by, it seemed she was having a successful day. I loved this 1930s applique on water-silk bolero jacket that she found.

Sara Sinaguglia (wearing black) was holding crochet workshops for visitors such as beginners Sophie and Ali Bowerman. Sara was also offering insider tips from her book Simple Crochet to more experienced crocheters like Miriam Gibney who was in need of a bit of advice on a project she has under way.

Interior designer Annabel Elliot (pictured centre, with Elizabeth Horsey and Heather Shepherd) is the Duchess of Cornwall’s sister and has worked on many Duchy of Cornwall estate projects. She had a successful sweep on doll's furniture for her shop at the Once Upon a Time stand.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

fair reviews from blogland

there are more posts about the fair
with lots of photos,
on these gorgeous blogs



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

thankyou thankyou thankyou

Such a tremendously stupendously fantastically fabulous time yesterday at the 3rd Vintage at the Village Hall event.
A huge thankyou to stallholders, helpers, tearoom ladies, Pearl Lowe, Sara & her crochet workshop, Dairy House Antiques who supplied Pearl's book-signing setting, Bright Blooms in Shaftesbury for the flowers, caretakers, public, everyone who promoted, took flyers, displayed posters, shared, talked about, blogged and gossiped.
A personal thankyou to friends who popped in to deliver a hug!

Loads of photos below so I'll say no more. . .

Til next time. . .

Friday, 11 October 2013

just 3 DAYS until VINTAGE at the VILLAGE HALL 
MONDAY OCTOBER 14th 10am-4pm!
35 fabulous sellers, Pearl Lowe book-signing at midday, free drop-in crochet workshop and vintage tearoom!

Look forward to seeing lots of you as sellers and even more as visitors!
ps everyone welcome to bring flyers to publicise their own events

Thursday, 10 October 2013

fair floor plan

I just want to double-check that all stallholders for Monday 14th
have received an email copy of the fair floor plan?
and here's the quickest way from the Corn Exchange
around the one-way system
to the nearest/cheapest all-day council car park
in Langton Road £1.50 for 10 hours

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Pearl Lowe will be signing copies of  her latest book
Vintage at the Village Hall
at midday
Thanks to the generosity of Pearl's publishers Harper Collins,
I have stocks of the book to sell
at a very special discounted price of  £10.99
If you're unable to visit the fair but would like a copy of the book
I'm happy to extend the special offer.
The cost including UK postage is £16.99
(Overseas buyers please contact me for shipping costs)
 I can send immediately or ask Pearl to sign the book 
on October 14th and send the following day.
if you'd like to order please email me directly or
 leave your details s a comment below





Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bright Blooms!

Kyla, who runs Bright Blooms Floral Boutique in Shaftesbury Dorset
has offered to dress the vintage tearoom,
supply a bouquet for the entrance
and do the flowers for Pearl Lowe's book-signing  table

how lovely is that?!

The flower shop is a delight to visit
and they do deliveries in their 1961 Morris!