Since we held the very first Vintage & Handmade Fair the concept has really taken off & become a great success with visitors really looking forward to each new fair. As a result of this we have been inundated with requests from crafters, artists & vintage dealers for tables at the fair - we could have filled the town hall several times over! Quite a number of those asking have been textiles related & as we want to keep a balanced mix at the V&H we are unable to accommodate them.
This got us to thinking (we tend to do this quite often when sharing coffee & cake!) that a dedicated textiles fair could be a fun addition to the V&H stable - this would include all sorts, including vintage clothing, fabrics, haberdashery, textile art, knitting, crochet etc.....something for everyone. As the town hall is quite large we looked for a smaller venue & were fortunate to find one just across the road in Chipping Sodbury High Street, right next to the library, which is the Old Grammar School This venue will hold 16 tables in 2 rooms, plus there is a kitchen for serving our famous teas & cakes & a courtyard which will be nice as we intend holding the fair in the summer - Saturday 3rd July 2010. Like the town hall, it is a light, bright & well kept venue which has just been completely redecorated & is a pleasure to be in.
Michele, the two Misters & I went for an inspection before we booked it & I have posted a few photos here to give you an idea - of course it will look much more lovely when decorated & filled with wonderful stalls. I'm happy to say that all 16 stalls were snapped up straight away & we are pleased to announce that the premier textiles magazine, Selvedge will be there too!
This is the outdoor area which (weather permitting) will make a lovely area to enjoy refreshments, have a break between shopping & chat.
The entrance from the courtyard.
Mr Custard tickling the ivories....wonder if we can enlist him to entertain us on the day? ;-)
This is the larger of the two rooms which will hold about 10 stalls.
The smaller room will hold 6 stalls.
This is the entrance from the street.
The entrance is to the left of the clock tower, right on the high street.
So, what do you think? We'd love to hear your views!
I thought it would be handy to list all those who will be exhibiting at the May fair. As you can see we have some dearly loved regulars & some exciting newcomers - I have a feeling that this fair is going to be very popular once again!