September Fairs

SEPTEMBER iacf FAIRS

Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Fair in the South of England

Tuesday 2nd ~ Wednesday 3rd September

South of England Showground, Ardingly
SAT NAV:RH17 6TL

Ardingly Antiques Fair Map

Swinderby Antiques & Collectors Fair
One Day Monday Fair

Monday 8th September

RAF Swinderby, Nr. Lincoln
SAT NAV : LN6 9QG

IACF Swinderby

Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair
Super Sunday London Fair

Sunday 14th September

Alexandra Palace Way, London
SAT NAV : N22 7AY

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Shepton Mallet Vintage, Antiques & Collectors Fair
The West Country’s Premier Antiques Event

Friday 19th ~ Sunday 21st September

Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
SAT NAV : BA4 6QN

IACF Shepton Mallet Map

VINTAGE OBSESSION #18: PASTIS CARAFES

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Bloggershares another of her vintage passions…

I’ve always had a penchant for vintage Pastis carafes, used to carry water for diluting the strong, anise-flavoured French apéritif to taste (mix one part Pastis to five parts water for best results). The 1950s and 1960s bottles are the best – Continue reading

August Fairs

AUGUST iacf FAIRS

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Event in Europe

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th August

Newark & Notts Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire
SAT NAV: NG24 2NY Continue reading

VINTAGE OBSESSION #17: HUNGARIAN GRAIN SACKS

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Bloggershares another of her vintage passions…

Pop a pillow inside one and use it as a chic sofa cushion, use them as laundry bags, or cut them up and sew sturdy tote bags or table runners. You can even use them to cover armchairs if you have enough sacks and know a good upholsterer. Hard-wearing, practical, and often adorned with a smart stripe and the initials of the original owner, grain sacks are completely irresistible to the average Vintage Addict. Continue reading

Stuff With A Story

Mark HillAntiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill

The other week I had an interesting conversation over dinner with one of my Roadshow colleagues at the first Roadshow of the most recent, and 37th, season. It’s one that held great resonance for me personally, as I am about to open a small, but perfectly formed, shop in Grays antiques market in the centre of London. This particular colleague has had a shop for many years, having given up a lucrative job in the city ages ago to pursue his passions of dealing in and working with antiques. Continue reading

VINTAGE OBSESSION #16: WOODEN BUTTER PADDLES

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Bloggershares another of her vintage passions…

Any self-respecting vintage addict has either already got or has fantasised about owning a pair of pleasing little wooden butter paddles. Continue reading

June Fairs

JUNE IACF FAIRS

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Event in Europe

Thursday 5th ~ Friday 6th June

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark
SAT NAV: NG24 2NY Continue reading

VINTAGE OBSESSION #15: METAL WATERING CANS

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Blogger

The geraniums, petunias and trailing lobelia plants are thriving in the back garden. The herbs are flourishing and the allotment is…well…to be honest, filled with weeds as always – but there are strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, onions and garlic there, somewhere, if you look hard and move the couch grass about a bit.
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May Fairs

MAY iacf FAIRS

Shepton Mallet Antique, Vintage & Collectors Fair
The West Country’s Premier Antiques Event

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th May

Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
SAT NAV:BA4 6QN Continue reading

VINTAGE OBSESSION #14: FEUERHAND LANTERNS

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Blogger

It was while I was at an antiques fair last year that I spotted them. Two. Together. Perfect. Slightly rusty. But not too rusty. Matching. Gorgeous.
‘FEUERHAND’ (firehand) proclaimed the engraved banners across their bases and, once I’d rubbed off some grime with my thumb, more lettering was revealed: ‘275 BABY’, ‘WESTERN GERMANY’.
I tried to act cool. Continue reading