In addition to selling our beautiful silver on our website, we also attend antiques fairs, which have mainly been at local venues in and around Devon which include two fairs at Exeter, Matford & Westpoint and and over the weekend of the 26th and 27th July we ventured into North Devon and did our first fair at the Vintage Weekend and Antiques Fair held at RHS Rosemoor Gardens in Great Torrington.
The antiques fair is set out in a large marquee where there was a variety of vintage and antique items being offered for sale, with something for everyone. We were lucky enough to have a stand right by the doors that opened onto the beautiful gardens. It was extremely hot, particularly on the Saturday, so we were glad to be right by the door. As with all fairs, the table configuration is different at each, so our stock is displayed differently at each fair. I did take some photos, but I have to say that some of our items look as if they are suspended, as the strong sunlight from behind, made our display stand disappear!!
At the end of the marquee you go out into a gravelled area where all the vintage and classic cars and tractors are sited, and when we wanted to stretch our legs we took it in turn to go out and have a look at them, with a different collection of cars and tractors on each of the days. I cast my eye around on the Saturday and was drawn to a little original white Fiat 500, as I have a modern version and it really was so cute, but couldn’t believe it was so small. Apparently they were referred to as a “mobile shopping trolley” which is rather cruel but have to say I agree, and it made my little Fiat 500 look quite large.
I also love Morris Minors and have had quite a few different models over the years including a Minor Million, and on the Sunday there was a little Morris Traveller called “Enid” that caught my eye (sorry I do not have any photos of her). Steve fell in love with an old MGTD and could picture himself driving that one at weekends, trouble is we would have to sell a lot more silver for him to be able to do that, so he will just have to dream!!! (sorry again no photo of this particular car but here is what one looks like)
Although I didn’t have chance to walk around the gardens, and only saw the part right outside of the marquee, but if you are a gardener, then this is the place to go, and with the addition of the vintage cars and antique fair, it made a good day out. These fairs are held 3 times a year, and we have already booked our stand for the next fair over the weekend of the 18th and 19th October 2014, so please come and see us on our stand. Even though we live in South Devon, it is quite a drive to get to North Devon, and with early starts it isn’t worth travelling to and fro so we booked into a lovely little Bed & Breakfast called Windsor House which is about a mile up the road from Rosemoor, where you will be assured of a friendly welcome and I would recommend it if you are in the Torrington area.
We are also looking to travel a bit further afield and did the huge fair at Shepton Mallet back in May, and are going back to the next weekend fair on the 19th, 20th and 21st September, so again if you are considering attending, please come and say “hello” and you never know we might be able to tempt you with a piece of our silver.