This weekend I headed down to the annual Vintage Fair at Firle Place in Sussex. It was my first time here and it was chock full of stalls from clothing to sculpture to furniture and all either antique, vintage, retro-styled or handmade goods.
The weather was hot and fine so I had to cool down with a Lavender Gin sparkling cocktail from Gin And Bear Its Gin tent! Hard times indeed!
A couple of stalls in particular caught my eye. First was Coniston Copper Candles who use copper piping and interesting plumbing fixtures to create unique and quirky candle holders. If you’re looking for a stand out centre piece or conversation starter piece then go no further!
Another stall which impressed me was Cranbrook Ironworks who make outdoor living and garden ironmongery pieces. I particularly love the the Fern leaf frongs and running dogs and hares.
One purchase I made was just a little bit of table linen with the most fabulous duck design on it! I intend to turn it into some cushions so tutorial to follow!
When walking around vintage shops and fairs try to see pieces individually as there is often a lot going on and things can blur together or get overwhelming. If you see something you think you like pick it up and place it away from everything else to see it on its own.
Envisage the piece in your home already, where would it go? Does it have a practical use or just decorational? Even better, how could you use it for something other than its intended purpose? The sky’s the limit with that one.