Monday, June 25, 2007

'Vintage Sale'

Sorry not to have posted for a while, but I have been busy organising a 'Vintage Sale' at my home, inspired by Liz's that I attended in April. I had quite a bit of stock from when I ran my own shop and also from doing the antiques fairs. I invited past customers to my shop and friends that I have made in the antiques trade.

I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of people who attended; some had travelled from Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire! Thankfully the rain that was forecast didn't appear and we saw the sunshine for most of the day.

I had painted furniture for sale under the raised deck....

And vintage goods were displayed in the cellar....

Sit and chat with friends here.....

And my Mum was serving tea, coffee and cakes in the kitchen; thanks Mum, I couldn't have managed without you!

More stock was in the living room, including 1950's millinery and American prom gowns......

What I wasn't expecting was the amount of flowers and gifts that I received! (Think I must have mentioned once or twice that I LOVE roses!!)

Thank you Debbie......................Thank you Anne.

Thank you Amanda...................Thank you Helen.

Thank you Louise.......................Thank you Clare.

Thank you Sue!............................................(Enamelware for sale.)
By the time everyone left, the quantity of stock had certainly gone down! I would like to thank very much everyone who attended and thank you for all the purchases that you made. It was great fun to do; as I work from home I don't see many people during the week, so this gave me the opportunity to talk with like-minded girls!
Please read Ginny's post about the sale; I hadn't seen Ginny for several years and so it was lovely to see her and her daughter and talk 'vintage' and all things twinkly pink!


  1. Oh Niki, its like reliving it all again. Your photo's are great.

    I was so glad to get there, I don't know where the years went to - thank goodness for blog.

    Thank you again for such a great time.

    best wishes Ginny

  2. Looking through the photo's on your site and Ginny's left me with a great urge to go shopping. I don't know where I'd find the fantastic shopping experience you provided tho.


  3. How exciting! Everything looks so beautifully displayed! And to think... now that your stock has gone down, you can do more treasure shopping!

  4. OOh! Wish I could have gone-it all looks beautiful!! What a good idea!

  5. wish i had been there..loveley things..

  6. wow, i am totally drooling! Wish i had been there instead of hot wet texas! LOL!

  7. Anonymous4:14 pm

    Oh my goodness the Stone House turned into an Aladin's Cave of treasures.

  8. I have never heard of a "vintage sale" here in the states. That might have been worth a flight over for sure. I recently found your delightful blog and others you have listed and I have become a blogging addict! Never thought it could happen to me-guess I just never found anything that interested me so much before!

  9. Hi Niki

    It was a super day/few hours and meeting some new faces (and some old ones of course), and your lovely Mum, was great. I've just left a message on Ginny's blog - shame I got there too late to say hello, especially as I have something for her! I see 2 of my purchases are on her photos!

    I came home totally inspired, and now have to put on my thinking cap to see how I can incorporate some vintage loveliness into our home, too! (I wonder if Pauley will notice!)

    Sue xx

  10. OMG!!! How I wish I could have been there. I would have wanted to buy everything that I saw.
    Looked beautiful. Nobody serves tea and coffee here, at the sales.
    Pouting about it,

  11. Everything looks so beautiful. I wish I could have been there. I'm glad everyone went home with lovely items.
    Rhian xxx

  12. Wow, What a lot of gorgeous stuff.
    Wish I could have been there, it looked like the sale of my dreams.

  13. Hi Niki,

    It was a fantastic day and you have the most beautiful home! It was lovely to meet some of your family and thank you for a smashing lunch - and the delicious home-made chocolate cake!

    I love the things I bought and will be showing photos of them when I update my blog this week.

    Thank you for a brilliant time - I hope you can do it again!

    Clare xx

  14. Oh, I wish I could have been there. I'm sure it was so fun for all who had the good fortune!

  15. Anonymous9:09 pm

    I am weeping at the site of this sale... I would have loved to have visited...
    it all looks so gorgeous.. well done!


  16. Ok Niki girlie..I am SO THERE the next time you have a sale!! I could have brought a pillow and stretched out for the love your site/blog...deb

  17. Anonymous1:04 am

    Darn ancestors!! Why did they have to move to the US and make me miss this event!!! I want to live in your house. It looks like a dream!!

  18. Oh Niki, what a scrumptious day for you and lovely things to behold. Wish I could have hopped a plane and dropped in.

  19. Anonymous1:57 am

    OH MY....I just love the prom gowns and all of the yummy flowers.

  20. Anonymous2:26 am

    I want to come too! Send me a plane ticket : )

  21. Oh wow...what a stunning event...congratulations!!!
    Wish I was near...would have loved to drop in...

  22. Oh my word! how I would have loved to have been there! how lovely it all looks Niki, I imagine everyone thought they had entered vintage Heaven!

  23. Hi Niki
    Can we manage to push Sussex a bit closer to Somerset? Just too far, even for all these beautiful things! Your house and treasures look amazing!
    Kim x

  24. Looks like a great day. Just looking at the photos I know I would have spent lots of money had I been there. Glad you had an enjoyable day and managed to sell some stock.

  25. Wow! I see about a million things that I would have purchased! Great photos!!!

  26. Girl, you got the right stuff! And so beautifully displayed! Wish I'd been there!

  27. oooooooohhhh Niki!! I have seen the photos on a few other blogs and have been swooning over them! Everything is fabulous! How I wish I could have come!

    Your Mom is so cute in the kitchen and isn't it great to have Mom's help when you need her?

    I LOVE the prom dresses!!! Heather :)

  28. Ohhhhh I wish I could have come. It all looks so lovely. Next time you have a sale I will be there for sure! I'm glad you had a good turnout and were left with less than you started ;-)

  29. hi niki,oh how i wished i lived nearer,i bet it was a fantastic day,the assortment of all your goods is really amazing,i keep enlarging your pic's so i can see more of your goods.
    the huge mirror is gorgeous!
    and having all your blog friends coming to see you must of been lovely for you.
    and all those gorgeous flowers,you are a well liked lady,one day i will visit as many of all these gorgous sales as i can,best wishes ann

  30. Anonymous11:14 pm

    Oh that looked a great sale! How I wish I could have been there.

  31. I want to sit there under the tent!!

  32. So much abolutely gorgeous stuff, I wish I were there.....

  33. Oh my Niki you did such a wonderful vintage sale and have not send me an invation *sobs*
    No only joking, I couldn't come anyway but I would have loved to come! Everything looks so beautiful and inviting! I'm glad to read a good time was had by everyone and that you did a good business! Off to check Ginny's blog now! Hugs Carol xox

  34. Anonymous9:12 am

    My God!!!
    I would have love to be there!!!!

  35. What a thing to have missed. Would have loved to have been there.

  36. It just isn't fair that you live so far away. Did you sell enough stuff that you have room now for lots of new? That was a great idea to have a sale, saved you having to mail everything out. Well it was fun seeing everything even if its across the pond.

  37. OHHHH!
    Everything looks soo colourful and beautiful, and very Inspiring also!
    I wish I was there, so I could had come home with quite a few of your TREASURES!
    Kisses Kisses

  38. Anonymous3:53 pm

    Oooooo, I so wish that I could have been there! I would have been a VERY good customer :)

  39. I just visited Ginny's post and loved looking through all of her photos. This is such a great idea, and everything looks so beautiful...if only I lived closer!


  40. I wish I could have dropped in to shop! What great inventory you had!

    And how nice that you got flowers. I wonder if I can hint to my clients that they should bring me roses when I have a sale!!!!!!!!

  41. Girlfriend you are giving me ideas! Now can I borrow the stonehouse just for a weekend????
    That cellar full of vintage goodies is gonna cost me hours of sleep! Oh to have gotten in there that day...
    Those bouquets are prettier than any florist bought ones I've ever seen. Your friends are 'true blue'!!

  42. I've just happened across your blog & just love all your photos. What a fantastic sale you had - I don't live far from you - wish I had known about it! :-)

  43. Having read other people's posts about your sale it was good to read yours too. Your sale looks amazing, no wonder everyone was so enthusiastic about it!

  44. Oh I'm so sorry I missed that!!! It looked amazing!

  45. hello there - I have just found your Blog and wish I had found you earlier so that I could have come to your Sale !
    I am thoroughly enjoying getting through all you Posts and I hope you don't mind, but I have added some of your photos into my own personal 'ideas' folder on my pc. Please keep up the good work as you are very artist and talented. Best wishes, Julie - Fluffy Finds at Rose Villa - but a twit who cannot get her photos onto her Blog page!


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