Friday, October 1

Donna and Ann. . .fabrics and a fair

During the past 8 years selling as tedandbunny on eBay
I've been blessed with lots of regular buyers, but it wasn't until
I started blogging that I've actually met many of them
 in person, or chatted informally through
emails and blog comments.

Donna Flower, with her heavenly textile website of the same name
was one of my first eBay customers when she bought
a length of fabric that I had treasured for years.
This set the tone for all her purchases because each time I parted
with a former resident of my own stash, off it went to Donna!

We eventually met at the Dairy House Textile Open Day
earlier this year (next one is booked for April 2011)
and had time for a quick hello, but as I was busy buying
and she was overwhelmed with customers,
 there was just a brief conversation
"over our shoulders" as often is the case in this business!
Alas, Donna is unable to come to Vintage at the Village Hall
this time, but as for future dates. . . ;-))

Another eBay customer who I have come to know better
through her lovely blog is Annie over at
The Northampton Vintage and Homemade Fair on Oct 23rd

Annie bought a stunning 1920s sewing bag from me on eBay
many years ago, which I always regretted selling until the magic moment
earlier this year when I began blogging, and she emailed me
to say it was one of her most treasured possessions!
So happy it had landed somewhere so appreciative :))

One thing that I've never mentioned to Ann is that I was
actually born in Northampton and next time I visit relatives,
perhaps we could meet up (and I could see The Bag once again!!)


BizzyDays said...

I love blogland. People are so wonderful and friendly. It's great to get to know people who have the same interests and tastes as you. And I find that after a busy and stressful day or night, it's great to unwind reading about your blog friends.
Hope your plans are all going ok.
Just let me know when you would like me to put round some posters. I'm happy to do the Ringwood and Ferndown areas, and anywhere else I can think of.
Have a great weekend,
Donna x

Annie said...

Hi Elaine, thanks for the very kind mention. It's great getting to know so many genuine and interesting people through blogland and finding like minded people who you may not come across in day to day life. As you say I love the bag and can honestly say it is one of my most treasured things, it was also responsible for me starting a small collection of vintage fabric bags. What a coincidence you being born in Northampton, by all means get in touch if you are over this way and we can get together for a cup of tea and a chat, I am sure Debbie would love to join us too.
Ann x

Kim said...

Oh how I wish I lived near you. Seems so quaint and cozy. Love to you and Kit! xxoo

KC'sCourt! said...

I love blogland and made many new friends, and I would like to thank you for your help recently too. I would love to meet some bloggers too now - perhaps I will one day.
Julie xxxxxxx

sandiart said...

Have to agree with the girls above, blog land is such a nice place to visit and hear about the daily doings of people you think of as friends. I do feel a tad envious tho' would love to visit and stay a while there with you.
Hugs Sandi xx

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

HI Elaine, I am a step ahead of you in that I have met both of these ladies & I can tell you that they are both really friendly & lovely. I worked for many years in the "antiques" business and left mainly becaause of the nastiness & backbiting, however blogland and the lovely ladies that I have met are part of the reason that I came back to selling vintage, (the other is that I am creative and like to be a free spirit without the constrictions of 9-5 & a boss)

Jee said...

It's great to meet people you know through blogging, isn't it. Wish we were a bit nearer so I could make Vintage at the Village Hall.

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

Count me in for that cup of tea if you ever come up to Northampton. It really is a small world isn't it. Funny thing is I saw the bag but never bidded and then caught Ann with it on her arm....
Thanks for the mention for the fair in October and I am going to see my sis (she is the cake/tea lady) at our fairs, tomorrow and either Ann or I will get back to you with the info on numbers etc.

Menopausal musing said...

Yay for blogland!

Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

It's lovely isn't it when you finally get to meet? My lovely friend Emma has become such a great companion, always in my pocket if I need her (yes she's small but I mean my phone hee hee)and is such great company when we arrange to go and meet up with each other. x

Heidi said...

I too have sellers remorse sometimes. It's always wonderful when you pass along a treasure it ends up in one of your most favorite homes!

I had these antique big black wicker chairs ,I loved these chairs and I had posted about them along time ago to say goodbye. Phil sold them this week when I was with my Mom at the store.
It was nice to get the money but I was still sick so when she came to pick them up it was one of my favorite customers ,I was so relieved and I told her and she laughed and said I will love them too...

Hesta Nesta said...

I too love meeting fellow bloggers, and I am looking forward to meeting a few in Totnes next Saturday. Please let me know the dates of your future fairs and then I can come to Dorset and we can finally meet. I too have a bit of a pang over things I have sold, but I know they go to good homes.
Jo xx

John Gray said...

thank you for you moving comment on my latest post

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

A big Hooray for Blog land!
Do have a lovely evening xx

Donna said...

The internet has been such a wonderful medium for me, first with ebay, (and buying wonderful fabrics from you), then with blogging and finally with helping me to set up my own online business. Without it I would have been a new mum, at home with a new baby, feeling isolated and wondering where all the like-minded vintage fabric girls were!!

I have loved meeting all the creative people who share the same passion as I do about fabrics and now we all get together to sell our wares.

I still have, and treasure, many of the fabrics I have bought from you :-)

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Hi Elaine

I can't believe you're a Northamptonian too. I was born in Solihull but only because my parents had temporarily moved from Northants for a few years. They moved back when I was 6 and I eventually moved south when I was 38.

And it was only on Thursday this week that Sally told me you came to the Dairy House Fair and that you've known her for years! Wish I'd met you on the day, but heyho, we'll catch up soon I'm sure. If I can't get to your Fair please make sure you hunt me down at the Dairy House Day on 10 April.

I can't remember what things I've purchased from you on ebay, but they were probably all 4 or 5 years ago!

Did I read that you're coming to Frome on Saturday? Are you stalling? Will definitely see you then - I'm in front of the stage.


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