Monday, 29 October 2012

Norwich Vintage Finds!

Well, half term has finally arrived, thank goodness!!  It's been a long time coming and we are certainly looking forward to taking a break.  Mr Y has taken C out for the day, M is happily playing and, while I should probably be doing something productive like ironing, I'd far rather share with you the lovely things that were found this weekend.

On Saturday, we left the car at home and instead took the train to Norwich.  We were taking our wares to the Little Vintage Lover Fair which was being held at Dragon Hall.  I love the train journey.  The carriage was peaceful, nearly empty in fact, as you would expect at 7am on a cold October morning.  We enjoyed looking at the countryside and watching the sun rise over the autumn fields revealing the varying shades of amber and brown.

As we approached Norwich, the sunny Suffolk skies faded and we found the station shrouded in ominous dark rain clouds.  By the time we got off the train and out of the station, the heavens had opened but, undeterred, we paddled our way to Dragon Hall!

The venue was lovely, old, charming in fact, with lots of nooks and crannies.  We were very lucky and were positioned in a little room just beside the main shop.  It was so pretty and quite luxurious in comparison to other places we've been.  There was an amazing 1930's sideboard and a rather comfy leather couch which I utilised to full effect throughout the day!  It was so cold that I didn't venture outside of our space and therefore didn't get any photographs of other stalls, sorry.  I did, however, get a few snaps of our things.



Although we could see through the window, it took me a long time to
realise that the same couldn't be said for the other side! :o)

 The fair itself was very slow with a small footfall compared to normal.  It couldn't be helped.  It's an established event, brilliantly organised, publicised wonderfully well and in a great location but what you simply can't plan for is the weather.  Rain, I find, especially heavy, freezing rain with an added bit of hail never does a good fair make!  On the plus side, I got a lot of knitting done and managed to finish the beret I was making in Stylecraft heather to go with one of our jumpers.


Despite low numbers, I sold the dress I'd made in Clydella fabric from the 1940's Hollywood pattern as well as the 1937 jumper in mint green that I showed you only the other day!  We had a lovely time, chatting to some of the other traders with a just little bit of shopping to boot!  I came away with just one thing, issue No.45 of Needlewoman Needlecraft magazine from 1951.  I know that it's not the specific era that I collect, but it still had the transfer for the most adorable children’s embroideries that I simply couldn't resist! 


Mr Y, on the vintage front, was far more successful.  He never sticks around at these things.  It's not a place for the girls and anyway, Norwich held things far more interesting than anything I had to offer!! 

Up in the Forum, there were a handful of vintage stalls with various books, ephemera and the like.  Stacked alongside some Picture Post magazines, he spotted 9 Good Needlework and Knitting magazines dating from the 1930's.  They aren't in the best condition, a couple have some water damage on and bizarrely someone has removed all the staples!  However, the patterns inside them are simple beautiful.  I'm now itching to get started on another 1930's jumper but I shall resist - for now!


One of the other stalls had an eclectic mix of vintage jewellery including 3 of the wartime brooches I collect.  Luckily for my purse, I wasn't there to see them or I may have been compelled to buy them all!  Mr Y was far more sensible and entrusted the choosing of a brooch to C who, knowing my fondness for the "sticky up ones", as she calls them, chose this pretty blue one.


As if that wasn't enough, he also took a trip to Waterstones book shop where Alex and Peter from Wartime Farm had been book signing.  Much to C's disappointment, who has been fascinated by the series, they missed the actual signing, but did manage to pick me up a pre signed copy. 



I know the series received mixed reviews due to the number of inaccuracies.  I mean, celebrating Christmas 1940 with a gift of CC41 socks?  Really!! 

When I watched it, I did sit there having a little grumble now on then, mostly about the clothing!  But I really like the trio and had previously enjoyed both the Victorian and Edwardian farm series so stuck with it to the bitter end.  The book is really nice; I actually like it a lot, from what I have flicked through anyway.  I'll definitely be reading it.

Norwich really does have some amazing vintage shops as well as a rather massive Cath Kidston store!!  We always go there Christmas shopping - I can't wait!! :o)




15 comments:

  1. Its was a pity about the weather, your little corner looked lovely.
    I know exactly what you mean about inaccuracies in the Wartime Farm. You want to watch a programmes like Poirot and other programmes of that ilk when they have radio that is wrong..........!
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. You are so right. It was such a shame. Couldn't believe that it was linked in with the OU - so bad as so much was wrong! :o) x

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  2. Mr. Y is definitely a savvy shopper :) So at least there was *some* success there ;) Sorry the traffic was slow though, that must have been frustrating. Weather can be a real pain sometimes :/

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    1. He does very well :o) His purchases certainly cheered a somewhat dismal day :o)

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  3. Those magazines are something else! Could you by any chance share some of the images?

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    1. They are lovely. I'll take some photographs of the insides and get a post together :o)

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  4. Oooh, your hats are lovely! Really really like that one with the pink flower on!

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    1. Thank you. It's one of my favourites and looks SO pretty on :o) Surprised I'm parting with it really!! x

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  5. Well done My Y!! I too have that book, love the pictures :) I'm finding the fairs are getting slower..... vintage is so popular now, not sure if that's a good or bad thing! x

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    1. The fairs do seem to be slowing down. I love vintage but feel quality is being diluted as more and more poorly organised fairs pop up with people trying to jump on the band wagon, so to speak. We'll weather the storm though - I hope :o) x

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  6. Hi, your stall looked lovely loved the purple jumper you knitted. Those magazines are lovely and will make for a great cozy afternoon of reading, dee x

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    1. Thank you Dee, glad you like the jumper. Can't wait to get some time to have a proper flick through the magazines properly :o)

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  7. What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing pictures of your stall, I really love that purple jumper with the matching hat, is it for sale? Those magazines are lovely, good luck with your knitting,
    Love Lil x
    www.littleliloflondon.blogspot.com

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