The Washerwoman

Thursday 13 January 2011

Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair

 This week I managed to get to the Ardingly Antiques Fair to sell on my stand. It really was a case of "Third time lucky" as in previous years my attempts to get there in January were thwarted by the weather and other disasters.
Despite the miserable grey and windy weather the customers came and were enthusiastic on the first day...
Rosie and I had similar ideas about the theme of our stands despite the inclement conditions. I had 40's beach shoes, shell necklaces and a 50's beach bag decorated with painted shells, while Rosie had this beautiful oil painting from France on her stall.

 Maud, however had a different approach to selling. She allowed her customers to delve headfirst into her van of sumptuous textiles! The weather was so windy and unpleasant that neither she or Rosie actually unpacked all the stock from their vans. They had also both got seriously stuck in the thick mud even before it was daylight.

I am afraid to say that after one day of  trying to trade in these conditions, we all decided to pack up at the end of the first day. The buffeting wind was threatening to blow the marquee away, and none of us were confident about leaving the stock there overnight and risking a second day of driving rain and more wind. BIG APOLOGIES to any of our customers who braved the elements to visit the  fair on the 2nd day..... we will return to Ardingly on Tuesday March 1st and Wednesday the 2nd hoping for kinder weather!


ted and bunny said...

so eBay does have it's good points after all...'scuse me while I sip another cuppa, in front of my daylight lamp (one side of me is totally un-SAD) in my pyjamas!

See you Sunday at Shepton- yes I will have changed ou of the pjs by then xx

OhSoVintage said...

I was so disappointed to miss Ardingly. I set off but two engine warning lights flashed up in the car so I decided to abandon my plans. I'm surprised to read about the weather as it was a really nice day here. Hope to visit the next fair.
Ruth x

Hesta Nesta said...

I can't think of anything more lovely than diving head first into a van full of sumptuous vintage textiles...heaven!! You were all very courageous to brave the January weather.
Jo xx

Nichole. said...



The Hardy Quilters said...

We managed to keep quite clean until packing up and then all the damp things had to go back in the van. Washing machine at full pelt until Shepton now!!!! All part of life's rich tapestry xxxxxxxxxxxx

BusyLizzie said...

thank you for your comments.. sorry to hear that the washing machine is on full pelt, I was so lucky to avoid that joy!
I have tried to visit your blog Debbie, but cannot seem to find it via your link.. maybe I am just being thick today!

Clare and Mike said...

Hi Liz, We had hoped to make it to Ardingly but with the house move so close now, we couldn't spare the time - hope to make it to Shepton, if so, see you there! Clare x

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

Now that would make a wonderful caption competition photo..but I cannot for the life of me think of a caption!
Rather taken with those beach shoes.. Roll on summer!

Michele x

Purrfect Haven said...

hahahaaa is that dive in shot for real!? hahahahaah Love Darcy, Bingley and Helen xxx

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

Sounds like you had fun though! :0)

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

I think the 'Debbie Moss' who left you a comment is:
'Dreaming of a Country Home' blogspot.

I couldn't work out where that 'Nichole' came from either lol
I'm nosey aren't I :)
Have a great weekend.
Ps. I only know this as she is blogging my giveaway I think! (I'll have to go and have a look :0)

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Wee Harlequin, so sorry you had a muddy time at Ardingly. Maybe see you there next time!? Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Lizzie x

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

That is a fantastic idea, i have loads of scrapbook papers and fabric....
Have a great weekend :)
Donna x

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Donna
Always glad to be of service !!!!