Thursday, 27 November 2008
From left to right Donna of http://www.donnaflower.com/
Sue from http://www.vintagetovictorian.co.uk/
and me... no website address as I am the mad one who prefers to drive all over the country selling my textiles, costume & other fripperies... talking of which.....
A small sample of goodies I will be taking to The Oxford Vintage fashion fair on Saturday. The fair is being held in St Michael & All Angels Hall, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7EZ.
The fair is open from 10 am to 4 pm Admission £2.00/£1.00 conc.
If that isn't enough excitement for one day, on Sunday I will being selling at The Vintage fashion Fair in Cardiff City Hall, CF10 3ND. fair opens at 10 am (9.30 trade). See the Blind Lemon Vintage website for further details.
Monday, 24 November 2008
As always there will be a wonderful selection of textiles, trimmings, buttons, quilts, lace and of course.......................................
No visit to Ilminster is complete unless you visit the wonderful time capsule that is Dyers (shown at the top of this post). This shop has to be seen to be believed, it really is just like stepping back in time. It is not a museum, but a working commercial outlet, selling ladies & gents clothing.. also haberdashery & much more.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
"This Irish tweed Hebe sports jacket was bought in a "posh" small shop in Keynsham on the Bristol to Bath road in about 1952. I liked it because it reminded me of a field of buttercups & daisies!!! (But I was young and silly then!)
I saw many of these suits in Bath, but few in Bristol, but i have heard that the money is made in Bristol and spent in Bath!"
However, this dress (shown below) does date from the 1940's as it has a Utility label and came with its very own "make do & mend" wartime brooch made from plastic covered wire. It came complete in the bag (above) with its price label & shop bill. The mystery is why it remained in the bag for over 60 years and was obviously never worn.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
The second performance was a very unusual interpretation as it was set in the very early 70's in the North of England. The sets were fabulous and extremely true to that era. However, the great fun for us was seeing the brown jumpers, dowdy woollen coats & patterned flared trousers that we had hunted for in every charity shop in a 50 mile radius! It was a huge cast, so we had certainly had our work cut out.
Sadly (but understandably) photography was not allowed in the building, so all I have to show you is the exterior of the Theatre at the end of a magical evening.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
At last we have the technology! With the assistance of my son Tim I have finally set up the long awaited (and much discussed) blog. The washerwoman idea started with a set of fun photographs taken by my great mate Mary (of http://web.mac.com/leadesign1). As I buy and sell vintage clothing and textiles, a lot of my time is spent washing, ironing & mending old clothes.I am potty about the designs from the 1930's and 40's, and probably just as enthusiastic about the 1950's, 60's & 70's.... sorry Emma, I still cannot get excited about the 80's yet...
I sell vintage clothing regularly at the wonderful fairs organised by Edwin of www.blindlemonvintage.co.uk/ but before the Autumn run begins I have the exciting Bath Vintage Fashion and Textiles fair on September 14th to prepare for. See http://www.ashleyhallfairs.co.uk/ for further details.
As well as buying & selling vintage clothes I also can be found selling at Antiques fairs where my stall can only be described as eclectic. Niki (of http://www.nostalgia-stonehouse.co.uk/) has said many a kind word about my displays & efforts!
As you can see, my enthusiasm expands to handknit items, vintage toys, bags, buckles, shoes, hats and a bit of old French enamelware for good measure!
At the moment I am keeping busy planning for the run of forthcoming fairs in the Autumn, the most exciting and original of course being the Handmade and Vintage fair on November 22nd being organised by Jayne and Michele http://www.vintageandhandmade.co.uk/
This looks to be a fantastic event, and it will be great fun meeting up with other bloggers and of course eating cake! Thank you to Jayne and Michele for inviting me to join in the fun!