Finds of the Fair 8th October 2017

Arabia Finland bowl by Hilkka-Liisa Ahola, £30.00 from The Source Hire:

I couldn't have been in the market hall for more than a couple of minutes before my eye was caught by this outstanding and rare piece of Arabia Finland ceramic.  Of course, I marched straight towards it to find that not only was it beautiful, it was in perfect condition and I knew just the person who'd want it.  A deal was swiftly struck, and I'm already looking forward to next month to see what other goodies The Source Hire will be bringing along.

Irish linen tea towel, £6.00 from Emily Rose Vintage:

It was actually pretty hard to choose just one tea towel from Emily Rose Vintage's stall, as they had a batch of five which were all in pristine, unused condition.  Whilst I would have been happy with any or all of them, this one was narrowly my favourite due to the colour palette and Scandi-style characters.  I popped back a little later in the day to find that other people must have agreed with me, as they were all quickly snapped up and taken to their new homes!

1970s railway signal indicator, £30.00 from Janet Hanson, Granddad’s Things:

Now, I definitely wouldn't put myself down as a trainspotter, but I definitely do have a soft spot for railway station clocks, particularly the iconic Swiss Railway clocks by Mondaine which this 1970s railway signal indicator immediately brought to mind.  I love the simplicity of the arms against the white face, and could imagine this looking proud as a curio on a desk or shelf.

'Boyhood Pleasures' Framed Print by R Van Cleef, £15.00 from Thingummy Doodah:

Always one of my first choices of stalls to visit, not only because they're lovely, but also because they always have some magnificent bargains.  The stall was looking fantastic this month, and I was really torn over which item to pick, but I totally fell for the charm of this framed print by R Van Cleef which could have sold itself for the princely sum of £15.00.  If only I had any wall space left!

Vintage fabric piece, £10.00 from Honeysuckle at Home:

I've a really bad habit of collecting vintage fabric and then never quite knowing what to do with it after buying it, so it was only my bulging fabric drawer which stopped me from buying this amazing green and orange geometric print fabric from Honeysuckle at Home.  There were stacks of reasonably priced materials in a whole range of colours and styles along with buttons, threads and everything else an enthusiastic sewer may need!

WWII Russian leather pilot's helmet, £100.00 from Eyewood Wake:

You can always count on Natalie and Robin at Eyewood Wake to have something out of the ordinary; every month I'm amazed by the things they manage to find.  As you're already aware, the theme of this month's Vintage Village was 'Make Do and Mend' and nothing quite spoke of the wartime era to me like this original piece of Russian militaria.

Excellent work, Chris!  Thanks for such a fun trawl around the Vintage Village!

Hi all,

I'm Chris, one half of Squound, the new boys over at 20th Century Stores.  We specialise in mid-century furniture and homewares, and I'm sure you'll probably be able to spot something of our retro style in a few of my finds of the fair.  You can find us online on Instagram and Facebook.

I was delighted to be able to offer Sarah my finding services this month as it allowed me the chance to be able to visit the Vintage Village with a different pair of eyes, having only ever worked the fair rather than shopped it!  It was a great opportunity to dig deep and chat to some traders I hadn't met before, along with the usual familiar friendly faces. 

I'm just sorry I couldn't feature everybody, such was the standard of items brimming from the stalls. 

Hope you enjoy the read and the photographs!

Teak nest of tables, £55.00 from All Our Yesterdays:

I can't resist a bit of teak, and this stunning nest of tables from All Our Yesterdays really stood out as being both something a little out of the ordinary and a total bargain.  Although there were no identifying marks, they really reminded me of a set of Richard Hornby nests I have at home.  Unusually, once unstacked, all three tables sit at exactly the same height and are filled with lovely design details such as the gently tapered legs.  A really nice find which stood out for their quality and rarity value.

Two French orange plastic coat hooks, £14.00 (large), £7.00 (small) from We Used To Have One Of Those:

If you've ever popped into our space at 20th Century Stores, you'll already know that we're huge fans of the colour orange, so it just wouldn't be right if one of my finds wasn't retro, plastic and, yes, bright orange!  So here we have this pair of French orange plastic coat hooks which David had only very recently brought back from his trip to Amiens last week.

1970s wicker stool, £45.00 from Essentially Eagle Vintage:

It's always a delight to catch up with Gail and cast a slightly jealous eye over her latest finds, with this original 1970s wicker stool being my favourite of hers this month.  Wicker seems to be making something of a comeback of late, and I was very tempted to take this home with me and double it up as a plant stand - just imagine it resplendent with a big monstera plant in a colourful retro ceramic planter on top!

1980s Snapper Hand, £2.00 from Mad Hatton’s Vintage:

I hadn't seen one of these for probably as long as this one has been sat in its unopened packaging, and it immediately took me right back my childhood in the mid-late 80s when I was probably annoying my parents by slapping this elasticated sticky hand against things I shouldn't be.  Probably the first and last time I've ever seen one not covered in dust and grot of the kind only little boys can find!

1960s Austinsuite tallboy chest of drawers, £210.00 from Em’s Bygones:

Being finder of the fair for October gave me the chance to have a deeper root around the masses of lovely stock all the traders bring along, and also a chance to have a closer look at some of the treasures my colleagues in 20th Century Stores have in their spaces.  I was really taken with this handsome Austinsuite tallboy chest of drawers which Elaine has nestled amongst the rest of her outstanding collection of mid-century furniture and homewares.  The handles on the drawers are something quite special.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Slice, £1.50 from Stuart Thornley Cake Design:

Anybody who knows me will know about my voracious sweet tooth, and after a busy day of finding and manning the ship at Squound, I felt I had earned my daily sweet treat.  I only paid a pocket money price for this (I can't resist peanut butter), but I can assure you it tasted more than twice the price.  A great way to end a fulfilling day!