Sunday, January 21, 2007

All the Fun of the Fair.


Yesterday I visited the Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair. It made a change for me to be buying there, rather than selling. I was able to visit all the stands that I wished without having to rush back to my pitch! I found the pretty pink cotton bedspread with hand crochet inserts and frilled edge - I may use it as a tablecloth or possibly a curtain. The rose wallpaper is French and will be useful to line small cabinets. I also found the small scale vintage trims for my handmade dolls.....

Teeny-tiny buttons, also for dolls and some pretty rose printed cigarette cards.

These colourful vintage greetings cards and postcards. A delicate china cup and saucer decorated with pansies and a French bonbon box perfect for storing the tiny buttons.

This stunning French fabric, featuring roses in baskets and a collection of flower holders which make excellent note stands - I love the verdigris finish they have acquired over time!

29 comments:

  1. Wow, I am deeply impressed by so many wonderful goodies!

    I wish there would bee such trade fairs in Germany, too!

    But one question: What are cigarette cards???

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  2. What a fabulous score! I have looked for years to find one of thosse lovely flower holder thingys and never have,Im in Canada those,where real great treasures are harder to find!Fantastic score!
    ~cheers~
    Angie

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  3. Niki,
    What a fun day you had, feel like I was right there with you looking at the pictures. I know I would like to be right there with you!! So many pretty things, it always gives me ideas and sends me running to the thrift store with a new out look for things.Look forward to see if you use some of the things for your web. shop.
    Hope to find my package from you in my mail this week, will let you know when I get it.
    NANCY JO

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  4. Looks like you had an amazing day! I love the flower holders ~ great ideas.

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  5. You always manage to find sucj lovely things, wish Shepton was nearer.

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  6. Hi Anita,
    Thank you for your comment.
    Years ago the cigarette cards were added to the box of cigarettes to strengthen it. Someone had the clever idea to make them decorative and there were differnt series printed. They were numbered and people started to collect one of each image in the set. You could also get albums to keep them in. I particularly like the roses series, but you can find them with animals, kings and queens, cars, actually almost any subject!
    Hope this helps! Niki.x

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  7. Hi Nikki I am always so jealous and inspired by your great scores I can't wait for our trip in Feb heading to unthrifted unshopped territory so I have been saving my $$.
    RaNae

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  8. ~~~~~sigh~~~~
    Oh! to be in England...!!

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  9. Hi Niki, I wish the Dmg fairs were closer, they are always full of lots of goodies. I went to a local antiques and collectors fair today, but it was not really my thing although I did find a couple of lovely cards.

    You always manage to find some wonderful items.

    Best wishes Ginny

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  10. Hi Niki, great to see you yesterday although it was a shame not to visit your lovely stand! So that's what you had in the bags!! Lovely finds. Mine were much larger and we were weighed down on the way back to the car! Clare x

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  11. My, my, my Niki what can I say? Everytime I come here I'm in A W E! So many gorgeous finds again *sigh* I want it all lol! I'm going to book the next flight to England right now!

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  12. What fantastic finds! I wish I could go to the fairs in England - of course there are lots of brocantes and flea markets here, but the few I've been to in England were really fun. Thanks for posting the photos.

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  13. Niki...... What wonderful treasures you found at your antiqe fair. We have antique shops but I will have to see if we have the fairs....it would be a wonderful thing to have so many antiqes in one place.

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  14. Hi Niki, What gorgeous finds! I've been enjoying your blog for a while. You always have something interesting to say. I've just started blogging and I have been tagged. So, I am Tagging you!!Check out my blog, Life In a Cordwood Cabin, for the rules if you'd like to participate.

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  15. Gorgeous finds! I scored some pretty things at a swapmeet yesterday. I will be blogging about it later!

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  16. Ooooh! What gorgeous finds! I just love visting your blog! It's like taking a mini vacation! Lovely :-)

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  17. Everything is just lovely! I think my favorites are the French wallpaper and the sweet bonbon box!

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  18. Gorgeous! Gorgeous finds. Love the colors. It's all just beautiful:)

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  19. Oh, what lovely finds...wish they were mine

    I love everything!!!

    I`m a lover and collector of all things french

    Chamara

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  20. What a score , I love it all !
    Rini from Netherland .

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  21. Fantastic purchases. Well done you! I definitely have to try to get to the fair next time.

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  22. I love all of your pretty treasures. What a lucky day it was for you. Jen

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  23. Those are *gorgeous*!

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  24. Hi Niki,

    Blogger finally lets me post comments on blogs again. I don't know what was wrong but I really hated it!
    You have posted lots of beautiful things again.

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  25. hello there youve been tagged come visit my blog for the rules carol

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  26. I have a small collection of three of the old copper flower frogs...I use them to slide old photos into or vintage postcards.

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  27. Beautiful ~girly treasures~ you have found! I am getting the bug visiting your blog to get out and do some searching!

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  28. Gorgeous stuff! I always love visiting your blog.

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  29. I saw your fairy doll on Jen's blog and I LOVE IT!

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Niki xx