I agreed to help a friend out manning her stall at two craft fairs over the weekend. One was a 'Vintage and Craft Fair' which had lots of vintage goodies, the other a school Christmas fair which had a great many bric-a-brac stalls - fatal, fatal, fatal!!
I should have just kept my feet rooted firmly to the ground and not let my roving eye fall on pretty toot that I didn't need, but... you know...
Ever the astute businesswoman (although I did sell some handmade items I'd taken along) on both days I managed to spend more than I'd made - which thrilled the Old Man greatly, as you can imagine.
On the Saturday, the fair was dead, with hardly a soul wondering around. The stall holders were fighting for custom, but I don't think any of us did very well.
I popped over to a lady's stall as she was packing up and admired her beautiful, circular bevelled mirror priced at £10. She offered it to me for £8, and then said "Oh sod it, I don't want to take it home, you can have it for a fiver". Result!
I can't show you a picture because it's still stashed in the car with all the stock, but it's a beauty. I need to add to my collection so I can make a feature display of them all a la Pinterest.
On the second day, I wondered around and found a lady selling off all manner of vintage loveliness. She was practically giving the stuff away, so I got a stunning old ceramic jelly mould (still trying to replace those that got broken in the house move)
A blackbird pie funnel to add to my collection (I just need another 20 to make 4 and 20 blackbirds...)
And the best bit was this stunning silver plated art nouveau bowl. It belongs to my friend who had it on our stall and I asked to buy it from her. Unfortunately I think I put her on the spot because she couldn't think of a price!
Also, as someone pointed out, it lent an 'element of style to the stall' - huh! What about us glamorous sales people then? Not stylish enough??
So, I have it on a sort of a loan scheme. I'm allowed to display it at home, but she'll have it back for displaying items on her stall when she has another fair. Win-win!
Have you found any second-hand loveliness lately?
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