The Fair was, I'm glad to report, a resounding success. There was a remarkable turn-out of eager shoppers, especially given the horrendous weather conditions (yes, the rain and gales returned in the afternoon), and I take my hat off to those who battled the conditions. I chatted to all my customers and most had come specifically to visit the Vintage and Handmade Fair and were not going to be put off by the weather. The morning saw a particularly brisk trade and I was glad of a little respite in the afternoon to be able to visit all the gorgeous stalls and have a good natter with people. I even bought some goodies this time, hooray! I was able to put a face to several names, lovely folk I have met through blogging, including Pomona, Kelly and Victoria, Isabelle and of course, her lovely daughter Phoebe who kept the Munchkin amused. Thanks to you all for coming to chat, and to purchase, too! I do hope you all had a lovely time. I am pretty certain no one will have gone away empty handed. Before I forget, a massive thank you to Jayne and Michele who put such a lot of effort in behind the scenes to make the Fair the success it is.
Well, the good news is that this time, the stall was all set up and organised a good quarter of an hour before lift-off so I was able to rush round and take some snaps to share the Fair with you. I also love looking back at these photos between Fairs, they keep me going until the next! I haven't posted links to everyone's stalls because I'm a bit pushed for time but if you would like to visit the website for the Fair, you will find links to all the stall holder's blogs and web shops there.
Here is the lovely Lucy's stall, we were neighbours...
Nicky of The Vintage Magpie was opposite(ish) and I lusted over her gorgeous handmade furry friends. Sorry this photo is blurred but it's better than none?!
Onto the stall of Clare at Daisy Darling with her stunning hats and pins. Her stall looked beautiful.
Next we find Jane of Country Cottage Chic, one of two ladies whom we have to thank for setting up the Fair in the first place, and here you can see her lovely array of unique vintage goodies...
Into the lounge, I have to confess that I dived on the marvellous Donna's stall. It looked so fab with those painted apple crates. Luckily, I took this photo (and snatched up some fabrics!) before the Fair opened to the public because by the end of the day, Donna's stall looked like it had been ransacked!
This is (I think) Lizzie, The Washerwoman's, stall. A display of vintage goodies...
I only have a little snippet of Amanda (Shabby Chick's) stall. I was too busy ogling everything and chatting about Totnes (where Amanda has a regular market stall)!
Here is Daniella's stall of Acorn & Will. She had some lovely vintage Christmas items - I'd already indulged in some on Wednesday as Daniella had a stall at the Country Living Fair, too.
Back into the main hall now, here we have the stall of Viv of Hen's Teeth, such beautiful things that Viv creates, truly unique is her style. A few goodies popped into the HenHouse shopping bag from there!
Here we have Michele's stall, the second brain we have to thank for being behind the Vintage & Handmade Fair concept. Look at the dazzling array of vintage toys with which no modern counterpart could possibly compete...
Next to Michele, was the lovely Sal of Sal's Snippets with her stunning display of papercrafts and also, lovely sewn and crocheted goodies. Definitely the prize winner for most colourful and festive stall.
Here is Annie's stall of A Saucerful of Secrets with her stunning needlefelted creations.
I particularly loved the owl and the pussycat..
Next door was to be found Niki, of Nostalgia at the Stonehouse fame. Her stall was laden with lovely items, both vintage and handmade.
And then we have Sue from Vintage to Victorian with her ever-so-tempting display of vintage treasures...
Last but not least, we've done a full circular of the hall now and find ourselves here...
Yes, hello, there I am, tucked away looking pink behind all the errm, pinkness!
I was very pleased with the way my stall looked. It didn't seem too crammed in this time but I hope there was still plenty to attract people's eyes. I was thrilled to receive so many lovely comments about the things I had made and the set-up of my stall.
The cake stands were a resounding success.
Mr HH cleverly nipped onto the stage at the front to take a picture of the stall from above. Look at all my lovely shoppers!
So there you have it, a fabulous day, many many items finding new homes, new acquaintances made, old friends chatted to and of course, the added bonus of a few pennies to spend on treats for me!
I do have some lovely items remaining for any of you who missed the Fair and fancy treating yourself or making an inroad into your Christmas shopping list. I'll be trying to list those soon but now, I really must get up for breakfast! Most importantly, a date for the diary, 1st MAY 2010. If you are reading this and are sorry you missed out, I know you'll be wanting to come to the next Fair and if you came yesterday, I'd be pretty confident (and hopeful!) that I'll be seeing you in May!