Monday, 16 July 2012

Castle Hill Fair July 1st 2012

The sun shone for us all day long!!

Jan Michell and her husband with their lovley china.

Patrick from the Bakelite Museum

Russell Needham with stunning textiles

Barbara's hats!

50's summer dresses sold well...

Our buyers were lovely....

An Edwardian Christening Gown

John and Barbara

Loveday with a beautiful veil

Alice from Homes and Antiques

Nolly's really useful crates

Rita has amazing French textiles

Patrick's stall

Sascha from Frockoholics

Deep in conversation

Donna and Jill

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Hoping for good weather!!

Lots of our stallholders for Castle Hill will be bringing gazebos and we are really looking forward to the atmosphere it is going to create having all the bunting and pretty colours around on the fabulous lawns at this wonderful house....

Friday, 22 June 2012

Castle Hill Fire

Vintage Fair July 1st

We understand that there is some speculation that the Vintage Fair might be cancelled due to the tragic fire that happened at Castle Hill last weekend.
The fair will go ahead as planned but would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of those who died.

Friday, 15 June 2012

The Fortescue Dresses

Lady Arran's Gowns

We now have the pleaseure of giving you a preview of the dresses that are to be exhibited at Castle Hill on July 1st.

 There are about ten dresses altogether that span nearly  a century of dressing up! Some were worn to Royal ocassions and some as everyday garments. All are beautifully made, mostly couture and it has been a real pleasure to handle them and see how they were constructed! The embroidery on the two pictured here is all hand worked and beautifully executed. I have learned a lot!

The yellow cocktail dress is also beautifully embroidered and was worn by Lady Margaret. It is made of silk taffeta and hand worked throughout.

 The Blue Evening dress is silk duchess satin from the 1950's and was worn by Lady Margaret Fortescue. It has the most exquisite hand sewing throughout....and is embroidered all around the lower skirt with beads, pearls and sequins in a floral swirl that was typical of it's time. As many couturiers would not label their dresses for regular clients, we are not sure who this was made by but it could have been Norman Hartnell who designed for the Queen. It has many of his design features.

To see the rest of the collection, come to the Vintage Fair on July 1st. The dresses will be on display in the Red Room.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Now nearly full for the Castle Hill Fair so busy getting  our stock organised and a brand new layout designed!!
We have been photographing the lovely family dresses that Lady Arran has kindly allowed us to put on exhibition at the fair. They are to be 'revealed' in the North Devon Journal soon so watch this space!
Flyers are being distributed all over the West Country so keep an eye out! Tell your friends and come and help us raise funds for the Calvert Trust!!
Homes and Antiques will be joining us as part of their 2012 roadshow!!
Confirmed stallholders include;

Donna Flower with fabulous vintage fabrics and sewing stuff!
Jan Michell who sells lovely china and collectables
Leonore Holder with amazing haberdashery, lovely old magazines and wonderful finds!
Russell and Suzie Needham with their lush textiles and clothes from the 1900's
Pat Campbell from Source for the Goose with furniture, garden and household treasures.
Jill Gibbons with her own wonderful creations using Vintage french Linens.

and more to come!!

We have specialist dealers who have been collecting, buying and selling fashion and textiles for many years, so when you come to this fair not only will you be able to see original couture gowns that were made for the Fortescue family to wear at prestigious events at places such as Buckingham Palace, but also be able to talk to people whose knowledge of such stunning workmanship
is second to none.
Donna Flower's amazing fabrics!

Check out the lovely things on this website;

Should you want to re-create your own vintage dress, Donna Flower is the person to help you!She sells beautiful fabrics and sewing aids.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Well, now we are getting excited about the next Country House Vintage Fair at Castle Hill!!
Almost fully booked now and with just the outside spaces to fill, its all about the detail!


There are lots of other wonderful fairs happening too around the West Country, like this one;

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Instow Vintage Fair

Just been out buying today and have some amazing stuff for next weekend!!
Saturday May 19th 11.00am till 4.00pm
Should be a good one!!
All proceeds to North Devon Hospice, so please come along and bring your friends...
We have LOTS of new stallholders and Rosemary's Vintage Tea Shop!!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A really sucessful event!!

I am just overwhelmed with how sucessful our first fair has been and am crashing out at home with relief!! I just want to say a massive thank you to all the sellers who came along and set up this fantastic shopping experience for our visitors...almost 1000 people came over the two days...what more could we have wanted! Locals are now asking when the next one will be....

Well, the answer to that is July 1st at Castle Hill, Filleigh.

The lovely Madison who sells stunning clothes for men and women and kept me laughing all day Sunday!!!

This is Emma from Birdy Furniture who we all fell for along with her beautiful pieces of hand painted furniture.

 Sam Sunshine is yet another great seller with a really original product, soya candles in gorgeous vintage pots, jelly moulds and cups and saucers. She came with her beautiful girls and was a real pleasure to have around...

 Thank you Sam! Really hope to see you again soon....x
More from Birdy Furniture!

This is Phillipa modelling her vintage fox! She sells a really eclectic mix of things including celery!!! I bought a fab little yellow dress for my grandaughter!

This is one of my dresses which I couldnt resist putting in here as I have just bought it and think it's one of the most amazing wedding dresses I have ever had...

These fabulous textiles come from Russell who we met
only recently. Definately one of a kind...

And here he is....
Sal's Snippets
Louise Hancock
Alice Maud and Friends

Here are some of the first photos from the wonderful stalls that set up in the South Molton Assembly Rooms....more to come.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Rosemary's Vintage Teas

Teas at the South Molton Vintage Fair

Rosemary is busy baking for this weekend's fair! We are really looking forward to having the cafe with all her pretty vintage cups and saucers and embroidered cloths! The perfect thing to go with all our fab stallholders linens and beautiful china!
There will be cakes, sandwiches and other yummy things to eat, provided all day!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

More Stallholders for April 14th and 15th

Alison Brookes

sells a variety of early vintage shoes, jewellry and beautiful original clothing. She has 30's and 40's dresses and suits, gorgeous coats, furs and hats.

These photographs of her stall were taken at Instow Vintage Fair.


We are really happy to welcome Madsions to our first fair. A very professional business, Madisons offer something for everyone with a good range of menswear which we are increasingly being asked for. I have my eyes on an early liberty print dress they have!

More coming soon......

Ten days till our first Vintage Fair

We are getting really excited now as it's just ten days to go till we open the doors at South Molton Assembly Rooms for our first fair! The papers have begun to write articles about us which makes it all feel very real, if a little nerve racking!

                Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April

                                         10.00am -4.00pm

Please come along and bring your friends! There is something for everyone including some fabulous tea and cakes!!

Meet some of our stallholders and see some of the things you can buy!

 These lovely textiles are from Gerry who we first met at the Tavistock Fair. She has a lovely selection of china, fabrics, clothes and bits and bobs. I bought a fab quilt from her and some lovely silk lingerie! ( might keep that for me! )

Our lovely stall holders are being really supportive sending me beautiful photos and handing out leafelets and putting up posters. The banners have arrived today as well....
This gorgeous 50's eiderdown, in perfect condition, now is in my grandaughters' room! Oh, I am hopeless at selling things as my friends will tell you! I keep everything!