Monday, 24 June 2013

June's Brocante - 15th June 2013

Janet Burnett's fabulous reclaimed lamps made from terracotta finials and stylish bluebird tins, as well as a stunning mustard yellow jumper edged with a grey knitted boarder from the unusual collection of upcycled childrens' vintage clothes from re-be really stuck out for me at this Brocante.  Friendly dealers and customers created a happy Brocante and brightened up the surroundings.  As did the always quirky selection of French flea market finds and upcycled suitcases made by Steve Weekes at Texworks. 

This select group of dealers including my kind neighbour who sold her delightfully painted mirror and selection of stylish kitchenalia from France and Scandinavia, created a very relaxed and convivial atmosphere for the customers, some regular and others new, who came throughout the day.  A couple from Manchester who were in Bath for the weekend came and enjoyed reminiscing, recognising many items from her childhood on my stall!  I love nostalgia!

Adie came to play boules as the heavens opened, but managed to inspire my husband and daughter with a few games.

What really struck me at this Brocante, is how important the chance meetings and opportunities that present themselves at such events are for people selling  Even though sales might not be as expected, the people we meet and talk to are extremely important for gaining feedback and developing links and therefore future sales.

I sold a fabulous Silverwing retro kitchen shelf unit manufactured in Warwick in the factories that made parts for the iconic spitfire fighter plane to a couple who have a whole kitchen of such units.  I was very grateful for the history he told me of the silverwing shelves.  These classic designs from English Rose Kitchens were made thoughout the 1950s from top quality materials after World War II.  Source Kitchens of Bath are now restoring these kitchens to their former glory.  A double instance of resourcefulness and recycling!  I was so grateful for this history.

Come and browse for more intriguing finds and new stallholders such as Empire Edibles who create fabulous sweets with a hint of adventure, absinthe fondants and gin creams!, think French sweet shop meets Victoriana,  Suzanne Lawler from Buttercups and Daisies, BBC Homes and Antiques as well as regular dealers on 13th July, Alice Park CafĂ©, Lower Swainswick, Bath from 10am until 4pm, the day before Bastille Day!  There will be boules and other entertainments as an early suitable celebration.

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