The Washerwoman

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

November, dates for your diary

This months rather gloomy sign from the 1960's school room!

However, it is not all doom & gloom as there are plenty of great vintage events this month.....

Remember how I am always rattling on about going back in time to old fashioned shops? Well, if you take a trip to Ilminster Textiles fair on November 4th, you can pop into Dyers at the opposite end of the High street.... apologies for the quality of the photo, I took it through the doorway. I am always rather shy of taking photos, but one of these days I will be brave enough to ask if I can take some good interior shots of this gem.

The Ilminster fair takes place in The meeting house, Ilminster TA19 0An and is from 9.30 until 4 pm. Admission free.

These photos were taken at last years fair and show the great quality of goods on offer. As well as stunning vintage clothing from Angela Milson there are textiles, trimmings & goodies galore from all the stalls..

Another must for this month is the Stroud international textiles event at Bisley Village Hall, a few miles outside of Stroud on Saturday the 7th of November.
Open from 9.30 to 4 and a great event not to be missed!

Last year was well attended, and the stalls were piled high with a variety of vintage goodies for the collector & maker....

Next is the Vintage and Handmade fair on Saturday 14th of November. I had a stall at the very first fair this time last year, and the event has just gone from strength to strength thanks to the hard work of Michele & Jayne.
If the fair in May was anything to go by, this promises to be a bumper event. Quality stalls with beautiful handmade items, vintage toys, pictures, aprons, hats, trimmings, tins, cushions and so much more. The location is the Town hall in the centre of Chipping Sodbury, and is open from 10 to 4. Admission is free and tea and homemade cakes are on sale all day.

Images from last years Blind Lemon Vintage Fashion fair in Cardiff. A lively & fun event, bursting with sparkle for the Christmas party season. Takes place on Sunday November 15th at The City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ND. Open at 10 am (public) Early entry to trade at 9am, and don't forget to hang onto your door ticket for the draw at midday when you get the chance to win £150 worth of vouchers to spend at the fair!

You can tell the Festive season is getting close by the pictures I have chosen to promote the next few fairs.....

Another event in Wales takes place on Saturday November 21st at the Wenvoe Community centre, Old Port Road, Wenvoe near Cardiff. CF5 6AL. The Love Vintage fair is open all day from 10 to 4. There will be stalls selling vintage items, vintage clothes, jewellery, fabrics, textiles and much more..... any questions, email

Bridport Christmas Market is another new event and takes place on the 28th November at St Mary's church hall, Bridport. Open at 10 am & trading all day until 4 pm. I will be there with a selection of vintage clothing & seasonal inspired goodies!

A great day out as the town of Bridport has plenty of great shops & a vibrant market.

The following day is the Ashley Hall vintage fashion & textile fair in the Assembly rooms, Bennett Street, Bath. Open from 9 am to 4.30 pm, see website for full details
Always a super event with a good selection of vintage fashion items, Antique textiles from France and a lot more besides!


Country Cottage Chic said...

You are certainly going to be a Busy Lizzie next month!
Not long til the V&H!


Cowboys and Custard said...

Who said that nothing happens in the winter months.. all these fairs and so little time!
I persuaded my chauffeur to take a detour on our way back from Devon this week and we popped in to Ilminster for the first time.
What a pretty little town. I would love to come along to the rag fair but sadly far too much to do here..
Hope it all goes well for you.
Michele x