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Friday, 5 October 2012

Show and tell

I've had such a lovely morning at Peterborough Festival of Antiques. I woke at 6am to the sound of rain beating against the window, but by the time I'd got up and had a mug of tea, the weather was blowing through and the sky was lighter, so I pulled on my wellies and set off. 
Sometimes, not having much to spend is a really good thing. You automatically discount any big items and spend longer sifting through the boxes and bags in and around the stalls. I found lots of lovely fabric, and the jam pots and jars that you can see above were only a couple of pounds each.

I had no shopping list, apart from wanting a few accessories for our Christmas gift shoot for the magazine next week. I was after a few vintage baking items for that, and I found a lovely weathered metal bun tin and a sweet old wooden spoon (£1).
A few pieces here will go to my next sale on October 21st, but I think the marmalade pot and a few pieces of fabric will probably find a home with me.

Quite a few of the dealers remembered that I'd been ill this time last year, and were so sweet asking how I was and telling how much better I was looking (at 8am with no make up and a high wind blowing I think that was quite generous!!). Seriously though, I like the antiques community, it's a small and friendly world. 

This lady's stall is always beautiful, and she has one of the cutest dogs I've ever met. She has a little shop in Hinckley, Leicestershire, called Vintage Treasures. I haven't been, but I a plan to. 

Finally, at long last, I managed to find some 1970s wallpaper.

It's a complete roll and it didn't involve taking out a second mortgage. I was so pleased with this.

Hope you enjoyed sorting through my treasures with me. Have a lovely weekend. 


  1. Lovely treasures. I paid rather too much for an apple and gooseberry jam pot the other day but it was so colourful I couldn't resist. I admire your amazing ability to get up early and head out - I am finding these dull wet mornings rather depressing. Have a lovely weekend. Karen x

    1. Hi Karen
      I really struggle with grey weather, too, but I tend to have a big burst of energy in the morning (which then rapidly tails off!). I'll probably be in bed at about 8.30 tonight..

  2. Love the wallpaper! The blue fabric in the first photo is fab too! Ada :)

    1. Thanks Ada.I must say that I thought of you and your blog as I purchased the paper as the stallholder had many vintage sheets (£2 each!) and duvet covers, in what was a fantastic retro display. I hovered, very tempted, but was trying so hard to only buy what I knew I would either use or sell on. I love retro fabrics, but they don't move around here, and I know I'd only end up hoarding them myself and I'm not as handy as you are with a needle and thread.x

  3. Sounds like a lovely day! I love hunting out treasures.

  4. Looks like you have had a good rummage and found some wonderful treasures
    Happy Weekend
    Thea x

  5. Looking at your pics made me remember that I have a Kieller Dundee Marmalade Jar too - and I couldn't remember what I had done with it - a quick search - and there is was - by the phone holding pens.

    I then remembered that it was previously the toothbrush holder - but far too good to be shut away in the bathroom cabinet!!

    It just goes to show how you get used to the things around you and stop noticing them - solution - keep moving them around! other people notice them more too!

    1. Yes, I agree. It's the same principle as shopping at the back of the wardrobe for clothes that you forgot you had...

  6. excelent finds .love the maramalade jar .hx