So let's rewind, here we are about 9am and in a small country town in Gloucestershire, namely Chipping Sodbury, and as you can see, the main hall where the Fair is being held is a hive of secret activity. We were allowed in at 8am and thanks to my trial run, the HenHouse stall was set up and ready for business by about 9ish. Off I went wandering round to salivate over all those lovely stalls (all 26 of them). I left Mr HH and the Munchkin in charge of the camera. Here's a rather good shot looking down at the hall from the stage at the front.
In the foyer, where else could I make a beeline for but my super-duper fabric lady extraodinaire, Donna Flower, and I did not come away disappointed. A little stash was veritably stashed away behind Donna's stall for me to collect later in the day.
Opposite Donna was Lizzie (The Washerwoman) whom I've now had the pleasure of meeting several times, mainly at Shepton Mallett fairs. Lizzie always has some lovely vintage clothes and fabrics and I did snap up a rather lovely large floral piece.
Right at the entrance is Daniella of Acorn & Will. You may recall that I loved Daniella's stall at the Country Living Fair and it was equally lovely this time round.
Whizzing back into the main hall, Jayne of Country Cottage Chic, Fair organiser and supremo, had decked her table in a pretty floral cloth and it was laden with gorgeous vintage china.
A new lady to the Fair, Emma's stall looked gorgeous and was awash with vintage garden-themed items. Did somebody buy that lovely big gnome?
Next door was Viv of Hens Teeth with her beautiful hand-embroidered items and vintage goodies. It has to be said though, that Viv's companion, her gorgeous, cute-as-a-button puppy dog, stole the show.
Next to the HenHouse gang was Lucy Bloom with a customarily lovely display of vintage and handmade lovelies.
Opposite-ish us were the fabulous furry friends and Nicky of the Vintage Magpie. Ooooh, how I would like to rehome that old sly fox...
Nicky always finds lovely ways to display her bears.
These ones remind me of meerkats! We are very fond of meerkats here in the HenHouse, as you might know.
Super Sue of Vintage to Victorian (and The Dairy House) fame, had a gorgeous display in the opposite corner.
Another newcomer, Helen had an absolutely gorgeous stall, very much my "kind of thing"; embroidered cushions, pretty china and a divine Lloyd Loom ottoman.
I've been wanting one of these ottomans for the foot of the bed but there was no way this would have fitted in the car!
My friend Kathy had a stunning display of jewellery which she designs and makes herself. You will know Kathy as the lady I always visit at the Country Living Fairs.
Next to Kathy, was Sal Snippets and her colourful stall of fabby papercrafts and this time, some vintage fabrics which just couldn't be left behind...
In the corner, not forgetting the other half of the Fair organising powerhouse that is Michele, of Cowboys and Custard, with a brill display including lots of cute furry friends.
Hmm, which to choose. Now I have to confess that I am hopeless at buying things at the Fair as I am too indecisive, I find I have too much on my mind as "seller" to get into buyer mode particularly effectively (except for fabric of course, where I am simply an unstoppable whirlwind). By the end of the day, virtually all of the cuties had been rehomed.
Whizzing on, I had to snap Clare's gorgeous display of her handmade hats and trims for you.
Daisy Darling's stall was indeed very darling!
Phew! Worn out yet? Well there was no need to worry as the cake stall was well stocked with all manner of delights all beautifully displayed and of course, perfectly served by Jayne's daughter and her friends. Many thanks to them for their sterling work, the tearoom is always VERY busy.
And last but not least, a little vision in pink in the far corner, the HenHouse stall.
Very well behaved owls and popular patchwork cushions...
Vintage china goodies, handmade cards...
My thrifted shelves with their mini bunting (fingered and admired so many times, I think I ended up promising to make some for sale next time)...
The wallpaper-lined case with its European goodies...
The very popular flea market bunting and a vintage cake stand I loved so much I'm pleased it didn't sell (I'm a hopeless business woman!)...
So there we are, amazingly another (the fourth) Vintage and Handmade Fair has rolled by. As with the others, it was a most enjoyable and rewarding day. Lots of faces old and new, goodies finding new homes, and much chatting took place both with stall holders and customers. Hello in particular to the two ladies who travelled all the way from Scotland and who have taken their very own bits of HenHouse loveliness back with them. I've spent most of today putting things away in their rightful places and I am trying to get round to answering emails from those of you who couldn't make it to the Fair but have your eagle eyes on certain goodies!
Huge thanks to my two helpers, the marvellous Mr HH and the Munchkin and importantly, to our Fair organisers Michele and Jayne. Now I really need a holiday (!) to recover before the Vintage and Handmade Textile fair on 3 July. You are coming, aren't you?