I didn't play with dolls when I was little but spent hours building stables and farms and setting up make-believe shops to sell horses who didn't do as they were told (take heed someone who's name begins with B!) and freshly laid eggs made from yellow Quality Street wrappers.
The games always ended with a huge tea party; picnic cups, and tiny buckets made from silver foil meticulously set out on checked gingham cloths for all the participating players whether human or animal, and one day my mum baked tiny fairy cakes topped with shredded coconut "hay" (forever after we still call it dessicated hay!)
I spent a pleasurable couple of hours this week setting up a trial stall for the Vintage Bazaar Textile Rag & Remnant Sale to be held in Taunton on Saturday March 3rd, but customers can rest assured they won't have to drink pretend tea from thimbles!
The last fair I stood at was my own Vintage at the Village Hall in May 2011 (hopefully returning with a bigger venue) so I thought it best to see how much stock I could fit on the table and shelves (the overly optimistic nuisance at the airport faffing with excess baggage is me) and how much we'd be able to shoehorn into the car for the run down to Taunton.
After primping and preening and much re-arranging I'm pleased to report that I only have one large red-spotted bagful of remnants, 2 mannequins and a pintucking machine that couldn't be housed, which I think is quite good going for a person who is hopeless when it comes to judging table space!
Hopefully this new fair will become a fixture on Lizzie and Clare's calendar; with so many larger fairs around it's good to have a venue for an interestingly mixed textile-themed sale, and pick-up some bargains to re-work, re-use, restore or re-sell. . .or just enjoy going home with yet ANOTHER timeless treasure!
It would be lovely to see you there, otherwise I'll tell you all about it next week. Wish me luck! xx
PS I couldn't have done the the fair without the help of my back-up team. . .
Ted said he'd drive, unload and help set-up (and even offered to make the sandwiches!) and I CERTAINLY wouldn't have found correcting placing for the saleables without expert advice from the feline Mary Portas. . .