Monday, 25 October 2010

Dates for the Diary 2011

To help plan your calendar for the year ahead here are some of the the dates for 2011. Where possible I have put a link to the organiser so you can click to their website for further details.

I will be adding to this list over the next few weeks as new information comes my way.

January 8th Exeter Flea market

Jan 8th New Textile Event in Sherborne phone Penny on 01963 370986 for further details

Jan 11th and 12th Ardingly Antiques Fair

Jan 16th Shepton Flea

Jan 21st, 22nd and 23rd Shepton 3 day fair

Jan 23rd Ashley Hall Vintage Fair in Bath

February 3rd and 4th Newark Antiques Fair

Feb 6th Cardiff Blind Lemon Vintage Fair

Feb 8th Honiton Vintage Textile and Decorative fair

Feb 12th New textile event in Sherborne

Feb 13th Bristol Blind lemon Vintage Fair in the Anson Rooms

Feb 20th Cheltenham Blind Lemon Vintage Fair

Feb 27th Shepton Mallet Flea market

March 1st and 2nd Ardingly Antiques Fair

March 5th The Vintage Jumble Sale

March 12 Ilminster Talent 4 Textiles

March 12 Exeter Flea ( you could visit both!)

March 13 Swansea Blind lemon Vintage Fair

March 18th IACF Shepton Mallet 3 day fair

March 26th Nostalgic Mix Totnes, Devon.

March 27th Bath Ashley Hall Vintage Fair

April 7th, 8th Newark Antiques Fair

April 9th The Original Vintage and Handmade Fair

April 10th The Dairy House Textile and Antiques Day

April 16th Chagford Textile Fair

April 19th 20th Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair

April 24th Shepton Mallet Flea market

April 30th The Vintage Bazaar - Frome at The Cheese and Grain

May 3rd Honiton Textile and Decorative Fair

May 6th, 7th and 8th Shepton Mallet 3 day Antiques Fair

May 8th Budleigh Saleterton Garden Fair

May 14th Exeter Flea market

May 22nd Topsham Garden Fair

May 28th Chagford Garden Fair

June 4th Vintage and Handmade Textile Fair Chipping Sodbury

June 8th Poundbury Textile Fair, Poundbury, Dorset.

June 9th and 10th Newark Antiques Fair

June 25th Honiton Rag Market

July 19th and 20th Ardingly Antique Fair

July 23rd Exeter Flea market

August 9th Honiton Textile Fair

Aug 18th and 19th Newark

Aug 28th Shepton Flea Market

September 3rd Exeter Flea market

Sept 6th and 7th Ardingly Antiques fair

Sept 16th, 17th and 18th Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair

October 1st Vintage and Handmade Fashion and Textile Fair

Oct 4th Honiton Textile and Decorative Fair

Oct 6th and 7th Newark

Oct 9th Shepton Mallet Flea market

October 12th Ilminster Textile Fair

October 29th Chagford Rag/textile Fair

November 1st and 2nd Ardingly Antiques Fair

Nov 5th Exeter Flea market

Nov 11th, 12th and 13th Shepton Mallet Antiques fair

December 3rd The Original Vintage and Handmade Christmas Fair

December 4th Bath Vintage Fashion Fair

Dec 11th Shepton Flea

Frome again!

It is just over a week since the first Vintage Bazaar in the Cheese and Grain in Frome. We have had a lot of feedback from the event AND a lot of enquiries for stands at the next fair in April. I am now in the process of confirming which of the stall holders would like to join us for the fair next time. Once I have this list I will be able to contact anybody on the waiting list should there be spaces to fill.

The Big day has now been and gone.....Roll on April 30th 2011

Saturday saw us sitting in the van outside the Cheese and Grain in Frome with a flask of coffee at 6.30 am, these guys were sound asleep in their tour bus next to us. I would have loved to have seen them play the evening before, but I think a late night bopping away to a reggae band might not have helped us cope with the organisation of the long awaited Vintage Bazaar......

Once we had got into the building and allocated the stalls, we opened the doors to the enthusiastic stall holders. I played a few lively White Mink tracks to get the atmosphere going.. we had a few problems with setting up the music, but a combination of my sons stereo and Mike's much more modern ipod arrangement we soon had things organised and swinging.

Soon the stalls were in place and the doors opened on the dot of 9 to allow the first wave of customers into the building. These are a small sample of the stalls on offer.

What I don't have are the images of the rails of fabulous clothing from the 1900's up until the 1960's. It wasn't a date lined event, but we wanted the clothing to be Antique and Vintage, and boy did the stall holders provide an amazing selection.... there were silk dressing gowns, 30's lame jackets, soft velvet 40's evening cloaks, faux fur 40's jackets (my mum snaffled that one!) and much, much more.

It seems that delicate china pretties are easier to photograph than rails of clothes! Please visit the following blogs for more images of the day. Sal's Snippets, Tracy at the Vintage Bothy, Elaine, Nostalgia at the Stonehouse, Lucy Bloom and The Vintage Magpie

Of course Clare and I need to say a lot of Thank You's for the combined efforts and energies that made for a buzzing and spectacular day.

The team at the Cheese and Grain provide an excellent service, and were happy to accommodate every request. Nothing was any trouble. The tables were put in position after the band finished the previous evening at 2am, lighting arranged and lots of useful advice provided as we set up.

Of course we couldn't have done it without Mr W and Mr Darling, and Clare's mum........ and all the friends who have supported us and assisted with spreading the word about the Bazaar. Edwin was a star on the desk for a few hours, helping out with the hustle and bustle of customers thronging into the building... a mere 1145 of them. The crew in the cafe were busy all day, and apparently sent out for more litres of milk - twice!

This was one of the most unusual and original stalls on the day, Debbie's amazing Gardenalia stand. This was Debbie's first ever fair and she certainly put on a spectacular show, next stop The Country Living Fair?

Almost there....

This weekend I have been busy making lists and preparing for the Fair. The action is taking place at the Cheese and Grain in Frome. The doors open for customers at 9am and the fair closes at 3pm. There have been a few last minute changes to the stall holders, but I am hoping that there will be no more cancellations now as I have a very busy week! Several stallholders have been doing "mock-up" stalls over the weekend. Tracy has been hard at work perfecting the layout on her stall.... Sarah D has been busy too, hers is the picture at the top of the page.
I have been putting together 2 rails of my very best 40's dresses, 50's duster coats and some divine vintage lambswool and cashmere knitwear. The postcard (above) is part of a collection of ephemera that I have earmarked for the fair. Mr W. is taking along some Eastern European mangle cloths, and some of his best selling French cockle baskets (if we can squeeze them in the van!)
Clare has some stunning new designs which I am looking forward to seeing, and Niki has been putting together some delicious treasures to bring to the fair.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

It's those green shelves again!!!

Clare has been busy again! This time she has managed to get the Vintage Bazaar into Homes & Gardens magazine. There are some super articles in this months mag, the one that caught my eye was the feature about the craft room. It seems we all hanker after that special place where we can work on projects away from the distractions.

If you click on the page above, you will see the ad in the top left hand corner.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

All systems go at The Vintage Bazaar HQ

Only 2 more weeks until the Vintage Bazaar at the Cheese and Grain in Frome. I have had a few queries and questions about the setting up time. Clare and I will be in at 7am to ensure everything is correct with the layout. We will then let the stall holders in at 7.30. I have been asked again about early trade entry, there cannot be any. It is not fair on stall holders to have people perusing their stock when they are trying to set up. Nor is it fair on the customers standing outside in the queue (she adds optimistically) if they think other people have already been in "and bought all the best bits". Sorry to be firm on this, but as we are opening at 9am it is far better to call that "early entry" for everyone.
Also, I have had questions about the sketch plan that I previously posted. The loading doors at the side do not go through the middle of the stalls, I just wanted to indicate that there were several along each side of the building. On the days we have viewed the Cheese and Grain there have been stalls already set up which has made it hard to do a detailed drawing of the room.
Don't forget my earlier advice about lighting, especially at the sides. There are sockets, but do bring lots of extension cables in case you are not next to a socket.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Vintage Bazaar Floor Plan

Sorry for the freehand style of the plan, but just wanted to give everyone an idea of where they are in relation to each other. There are doors along the sides of the hall which you can unload through. This is NOT to scale, in reality there is more space between the rows/stalls. If you click on the image you will be able to see clearly the names on the stands.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Flyers, Flyers everywhere!

I have had a bit of a stressful time lately. After ordering 1500 flyers back in the spring for the Vintage bazaar, I tried to order more at the end of August (plenty of time, or so I thought!)
To cut a long and rather tedious story short.. 1500 flyers arrived the first week in September with a great image of the French shop interior on the front and absolutely NOTHING on the reverse....I have been fighting ever since to get this order replaced, and finally yesterday 3000 flyers arrived! Not a gesture of goodwill, just total incompetence! So, if anyone needs more flyers I can easily post them.. or hand them to you at any of the fairs in the next few weeks. I will be at Chagford Rag fair this coming Saturday, the 2nd October. Mr Jack will be at the
Stroud Vintage fair the same day (and will have a pile of flyers with him to hand out). I will then be at Honiton on Tuesday the 5th October, followed by Newark on Thursday and Friday. Totnes is my destination on Saturday the 9th for the Nostalgic Mix fair and then Shepton Flea on Sunday the 10th. See you somewhere!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

As seen in Sew Hip magazine this month!

The Vintage Bazaar advertsing campaign is in full swing now. This months Sew Hip magazine have given us a great write-up with the title "An Antique Extravaganza" (I like it)
Of course the article goes on to mention the talented makers and the make-over ladies.

The article below caught my eye in the magazine, a four page spread on vintage sewing patterns and how to make the most of using them. Well worth a look for anyone who is into vintage.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The latest news on the Vintage Bazaar

Well, Autumn is fast approaching and with it comes the Vintage Bazaar. I have been over to
The Cheese and Grain today to have another look at the space and make sure we have enough room for BBC Homes and Antiques and the lovely makeover girls that Clare met at the Lindy Hop event in Bath. There a few extra bits of advice for stallholders that I would like to impart:
The hall has blackout curtains so there is a chance it will be quite dark in there on the day, please bring lamps and cables especially if you are in the side stalls as this is the darkest space. All electrical equipment must be safety checked.
The stands in the centre come with one table, but there should be space to add in smaller card tables, so do bring an extra small table or bookcase if you feel you need it. Anybody who has ever been to or done the Textile Fair in Ilminster knows the merits of "building up" to make the best use of space! For those of you wanting to bring a rail of clothes in the centre stands, it will be possible. We intend to place such stall holders near the changing area and away from stands selling china! (we all know the danger of a runaway rail!!)
All tables should be covered with cloths that reach to the floor.
PLEASE - No "one price rails", this is a quality fair and this sort of rail makes an event look cheap. This is a vintage event, so all clothing on the rails should be at least pre 1990.

There will be no early entry for trade buyers. Everyone can come in together at 9 am when the fair opens.
I have spoken to the lovely Lotty who runs the cafe within the Cheese and Grain, she offers fairtrade tea and coffee at reduced rates for stallholders. There is a delicious looking menu, including a big breakfast for 4.50.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Time for Makeover?

Recently Clare met some talented ladies at the Bath Lindy Hop. They were offering 1940's makeovers at £5 a go. I have seen a photo of one lady and the effect was stunning. Luckily they are free on October 30th so we have asked them to come along to The Vintage Bazaar.

I am hoping to procure a photo, but in the meantime you can have a smile at my mannequin Flossie who had a similar-ish makeover a while ago.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Postcard Flyers have arrived!

Just to let everyone know that I took delivery of the postcard flyers for the fair this morning. Please let me know if and when you would like some to start distributing to friends and potential customers. Where possible it would be good to collect them from me at fairs to save on postage costs (which our local post lady has told me are about to increase again!)
I will be at the Frome Retro Fair this weekend, so will have some with me there.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Location, location, location.....

Cheese & Grain
Market Yard
Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE
01373 455 420

I found this map on the Cheese & Grain website, and thought it might be useful.

click on the above link for more detail

Friday, 26 February 2010

A Vintage Bazaar.....something a little different?

Thank you to everyone who has commented on the ideas for the flyers for the fair. Clare and I need to get our heads together at the weekend to decide on what we want on the postcards. However, today I chanced upon this picture as a possible image for the fair? Although the fair will not be French.. or looking like a Parisian Departmental store. Somehow I feel the spirit of what we are doing is reflected in this..... it is also a fantastic eye catching image which is of course, what is needed!

I am now in the process of ordering flyers, so please let me know if you would like some to start distributing to friends & customers . The fair will be held on Saturday October 30th, opening at 9am and finishing at 3pm. Admission is £1. There is a cafe within the building and ample parking for stall holders and customers (pay and display). The nearby centre of town boasts some fantastic shops and the wonderful St Catherine's Hill which has a great atmosphere and fab selection of interesting shops.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Ideas for the flyers......

I have been playing around with images all day, trying to decide which would be suitable for the postcard style flyers that I am planning on ordering soon...

too busy????

Too bare????

What do you think? Which image (if any!) sums up the forthcoming event?

I love this dresser. Clare designed this one, but I need to check if the image has to be "landscape" rather than "portrait".....

I am constantly adding the stall holders details to the sidebar on the blog, please send me an image of what you would like shown once you have booked your stall.

On that subject, I am still waiting for payment & confirmation from a few people. Please could you try to get this to me by the end of the month, as I am still getting enquiries for stalls (and having to put people on the waiting list...)

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentines Day (and Thanks)

Just to say Happy Valentines Day and thank you to everyone who has sent payment for their stands. Once I have finalised the floor plan I will post on the blog.
As I receive payment and confirmation I will list the stall holders on the side bar. Where possible you can click on the picture to take you to their website or blog.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Where to put everybody?

I woke up this morning to 50 email enquiries regarding stalls at the fair! Thank you to everybody who has been in touch, and been patient when the booking form didn't open. (I even did a trial run and sent it to myself to check it was OK!) Anyway, hopefully everyone who has requested a form now has one, as it stands the fair is full if everybody who has requested a booking form sends it back. I am happy to make a note of anyone who wishes to go on the waiting list, as I know from experience this might come in handy.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

A rough guide to the floor plan

Here is a rough guide to the layout of stalls at the Cheese & Grain. It is most definitely not to scale as there is lots of walkway space in reality, and plenty of room for the stall holders to sit behind their stalls in the central blocks.
There are 3 types of stall available

(A) single 6 foot table top stall, with plenty of space to sit behind. cost £30
These run in rows down the centre of the hall

(B) End of row stalls with x2 6 foot tables provided £40

(C) Side wall stall, with space for garment rail or additional table £45

If you are interested, please email me for a booking form. If you click on the floor plan you will see my terrible drawing skills more clearly.

We understand that there are side doors for loading, but they were covered by curtains today. The photo is just to give an idea of the space!

All coming along nicely!

Just to update you on the news...
Clare and I met up today and have drawn up a floor plan for the fair, checked out the catering arrangements (there is a great little cafe at one end of the hall) and drawn up a booking form. Please leave a comment and I will send out booking forms via email. Before you send it, please look at the floor plan so you can see which type of stalls are available. This should be posted on the blog in the next 24 hours.
The fair will open at 9 am, this is to maximise the Saturday morning trade in the town. The hall will be open from 7.30 for setting up, and we will assist with carrying in as much as we can as we do appreciate that 1.5 hours is a relatively short time.
There are power points throughout the hall, so you will be able to bring lighting, but PLEASE ensure all equipment is safe & would pass muster with an electrician!

Parking is outside the venue and at present costs £3.20 for the full day.
Due to the fact that the venue is often used for evening functions we will close the fair at 3pm. This will allow stall holders time to pack up and vacate the hall in good time, and also means that those who have to travel a fair distance can do some in some daylight!

We will be printing postcard style flyers for the event, and will be happy to send these out so that you can invite friends, customers and anyone you think might be interested..... the more the merrier and we all rely on "networking" to make events go well.

After much debate we have decided to make a small charge for admission. I know this a common bone of contention amongst people, but we feel that the balance of reasonable stall costs against small admission fee is a fair deal for everyone.

Monday, 1 February 2010

A New Vintage Event

The purpose of this blog is to keep everyone up to date in the events leading to The Vintage Bazaar in Frome on Saturday October 30th 2010. Clare and Lizzie are in the process of organising a fair at the Cheese and Grain. If you are interested in having a stall, please leave a comment & we will get back to you once we have full details of stall numbers and costs.