It was a little more autumnal setting up this time, although once Steve and Ivan Weekes had put up their fantastic army dining tent and they and other stallholders arrived with their fabulous antiques/textiles, the cafe and surroundings came alive with colour, texture and temptations. A fabulous bust of Marilyn presided over pretty French plates and textiles, quirky prints and mirrors. Steve and Gabi Wakefield's fabulous textiles including smocks and an unusual crotched blanket and Olivia Hyman's charcoal drawings of Bath (which had incredible atmosphere) were a welcome addition. As were Helen Roskell's beautiful and eclectic textiles interspersed with bags and other decorative items, including a quirky light green ferret box. Was very tempted to buy for my husband who used to keep them!
The sun did come out and so did shoppers, including regular customers, picnicers from as far as Cheltenham and a couple of enthusiastic friends from Tetbury. There were also enquiries from dealers interested in taking space at the next Brocante on Saturday 12th March 2012. It was great to see Eirlys Penn from Scrapiana for her enthusiasm and advice. Have a look at her fabulous blog for her description of the day.
I look forward to seeing you all at next year's Brocantes, with even more stallholders and variety. With the possible addition of wine tasting and goats cheese!