The Washerwoman

Saturday 21 May 2011

Two amazing Fairs in two days....

 Sometimes it is hard to decide how to post about fairs. Do you write a before or after account?
My problem this week has been that I have attended two very different fairs for the first time. It is not a lot of help to you (the potential customer/happy shopper) to hear about a marvellous event that you have just missed!

...... So, the purpose of this post is to make sure everyone knows about these two events & get them in the diary for 2012 now!

 The Decorative Living Fair at Eridge Park (near Tunbridge Wells) is an annual event which takes place in May. The perfect month for this beautiful fair.

 The above photos are of my stand, I should have taken more of other people's, but as I didn't know a lot of them I didn't have enough time to ask permission and introduce myself. (something I feel strongly about if one is going to use other people's images on the blog).

 Su  and Jill from The Blue Linen Cupboard had a stunning stall of French treasures....

 This is Jacquie's stand (aka Kitty). I returned to several times to buy myself little treats. Sadly couldn't persuade Mr W that we needed the glorious green kitchen cupboard!

 It was the detail and finishing touches that made this stand special.

 Outside the scene was breathtaking...Beyond the marquee's and outdoor stands was this view!

The outdoor stalls were full of gorgeous garden furniture, plants, Linens, flower pots and of course a cafe where one could purchase refreshments to enjoy in the outdoor seated area.

At the end of a fantastic day at Eridge, it was time to bundle all my stock into the van and head West to here.....

Another stunning location for a Textile fair.

 A selection of the stands from the Avalon Textile and Decorative Fair. It really was the most amazing location for an event. The 14th century Abbey Barn looked incredible, it was hard not to look up at the roofspace (instead of concentrating on setting up the stand!)

 The strings of lighting were perfect to illluminate the space. The stalls were of the highest quality, from buttons and trimming to sumptuous beaded evening wear.

 ..from cupboards, mirrors and yachts!

 I do not know if there is to be another event at this location, so all I can say is watch this space and I will let you know!


Sally said...

Those look brilliant fairs and I would definitely like to visit one next time round! Love your blog xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

They both look fabulous Lizzie - hope you get to have a rest this weekend!


Marigold Jam said...

Oh definitely do a before post - it's so frustrating to discover a fair after the event especially if it is local!!

I too love that green kitchen cupboard - I used to have a blue one and we had the bottom half of it in the garage and storage for my husband's bits and bobs for years after that too! Sacrilege I know now!

ted and bunny said...

so glad that all went well - I must say I'm ALL in favour of weekday fairs ;o)

Have a good weekend- I've just been down to the market and come away with some surprisingly nice things; nothing of any great value but the type of bits that you can't wait to look through.
Alas I must spend the rest of the weekend catching up on my accounts. Yuck!

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Looks great! Wish I loved nearer to attend these fantastic events!

RDA Pony Tales said...

Beautiful stalls with some really lovely stock. I love the knitted sandwiches.. brilliant!
Stunning locations, what a treat to sell there and for buyers too. Although I live in the North and missed the fairs, I have enjoyed looking at this post, thank you!
Abby x

*Susycottage* said...

How wonderful and location,
as I wanted to be there, beautiful
A hug
Susy x

Niki Fretwell said...

Hi Lizzie,
Lovely to see you yesterday in the second of your beautiful locations (I am yet to post, but am disappointed in myself for not taking a similar photo to you of the Tor...I remember thinking what a great view it was from Abbey Barn...I obviously didn't have my Blogging head on...As you know, I did have other things on my mind :(

I don't know how you managed to get through such an exhausting couple of days, but hope that you have chilled today and had a rest.

Lovely as always to see all of the photos you posted - Thank you.
Take care,
Niki xx

The fabric of my life said...

So lovely to see you yesterday. Hope you had a fab lunch today. See you at the V&H x

Hesta Nesta said...

Lizzie they look like they were such fabulous fairs, I so wish I could have been at both and I would have spent the earth!! You must need a well deserved rest now. Thank you for sharing such lovely pictures. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Jo xx

BusyLizzie said...

thank you for your lovely comments.. have enjoyed a fab day with old friends at a very luxurious place in Hampshire (those of you who are friends on facebook can see the pix!)xx

Kitsch and Curious said...

I only found out about the Glastonbury fair this week, and I would have loved to visit, but unfortunately I wasn't free on Friday. It sounds like an amazing venue!

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

I spy with my little eye a rather gorgeous little wooden horse.. amongst many other fine objects. Wonderful settings for a fair and oh so British! Hope you had a successful as well as enjoyable time Lizzie.

BusyLizzie said...

yes, thank you M. I had a fab time at both events. The horse isn't so little.. but will bring him to your fair if you like!!! xx

shirley said...

Next time you are over come for lunch?