Saturday 27 April 2013


If you love unique pieces from the past, then the Country Living Fairare the shows for you. They are always a great hunting ground for inspiring vintage treasures, plus finishing touches such as ribbons and trims, and there are bargains to be found. The recent Country Living Spring Fair proved rich pickings, and a friend and I unearthed some beautiful French display mannequins from the 1900's and a couple of gorgeous hatboxes from the 20's. 

We always make a beeline for Garden Brocante and we also came across Plum & Ashby. We  fell in love with their gorgeous leather pouches and bags, discretely embellished with a Fox Terrier, depicting the company's mascot Bertie. The bags and homeware are new, but with a quirky twist. Check them out.

The stock at the fair constantly evolves, so it's also worth returning to favourite exhibitors throughout the show, just in case something wonderful has emerged from the stockroom. If we hadn't backtracked, I would have missed out on a couple of lovely 1940's paintings on the Garden Brocante stand, which weren't there first time round. 

Located at the Business Design Centre in Islington, the Spring Fair is just around the corner from the vintage market and the eclectic line-up of independent shops, cafes and other delights of Camden Passage. So its a great day-out. 

The Country Living Christmas Fair (30/10-3/11) is at the Business Design Centre in Islington and also takes place in Glasgow (21-24/11) and Harrogate (28/11-1/12). 

Here are some of my favourite images from the Spring Fair...

Vintage 1940's Novita Liane plaster mannequin for Christian Dior 
at Garden Art & Design 

1930's plaster display bust by Lube Paris at Garden Art & Design -
also a regular exhibitor at The Chelsea Flower Show

Delicate heart-shaped floral garland on hand-painted vintage
mirrored door at Velvet Ribbon

Vintage zinc planters and bunches of pretty faux bell hyacinths
at Velvet Ribbon 

Pale grey and white collectables at Chloe Antiques

Vintage mother of pearl buttons in all shapes and
sizes at
 Chloe Antiques 

Vintage mother of pearl buckles and Chinese gaming 
counters at Chloe Antiques 

Glamorous hand-made diamante barrettes at Chloe Antiques

Hand-made doll wearing vintage fabric dress and pearls at Chloe Antiques

1940's enamel buckets at Garden Brocante

Shelves of vintage finds at Garden Brocante

Decorative silver trio of eggcups and stand at Garden Brocante

Pretty ribbons from wrapping-guru Jane Means

Two handsome top hats, complete with brush and leather travelling 
case, at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Pure shades of white ceramics and pewter at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Leather stud box with an equestrian theme at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Vintage folding wooden rulers at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Quirky little wooden high-heeled clog at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Charming display at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Vintage Teacher's Whiskey wooden box, complete with original imagery, 
at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Polished antique silverware at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Lovely chrome French storage jars, silver eggcups and gravy boat 
at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Well-loved teddybears at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

 Vintage enamel 'You may telephone from here' sign 
at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Early 1900's leather hat case with original South Eastern & Chatham Railway 
label at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Collectable lead farm animals at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Wooden Lyons' Tea box at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Vintage wooden sewing reels at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Fabulous early 1900's Fenwick hatbox at Bennett & Barnes Antiques

Plum & Ashby's lovely soft leather pouches and cases, featuring the brand's 
mascot, Bertie the Fox Terrier
Newcomers Plum & Ashby won the Editor's Choice award 
at the Country Living Spring Fair

Vintage touches mixed with Plum & Ashby's 
signature leather pouches

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