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Seeking Vintage

June 15, 2014  •  3 Comments

I think this has to be my quickest blog post turnaround ever. I have a backlog of posts. It's like I'm going through a period of being over critical of what I do to the point that I sort of freeze and don't post anything. Have you ever felt like that? Anyway, I'll bite the bullet and post my Weekend Walk without over thinking about it!

I planned to visit to the Decorative Home and Salvage Show at Tatton Park this weekend with the intention of adding to my vintage props for Still Life Photography shots. I woke up this morning to greyness and drizzle. It was tempting to stay at home but I knew I had to push through those feelings. 

There's a 1000 acre deer park at Tatton. It's quite unusual to see the deer so close to the roadside so I was pleased to snap this quick shot as I drove  through the estate to the show.

So grey and dismal! 

I was on the look out in particular for interesting old vases, quirky wooden containers and fabrics.

This beauty caught my eye! On another stall I spotted a rusty old gate with a hand hooked over it. I was trying to photograph it to pair up with this photo when a lady came along and bought it! 

My husband snook off to buy me a present . He'd spotted an old wooden bobbin. I've been on the look out for  a decent bobbin for ages - my great great grandfather was a bobbin maker in the 1800s - he supplied the local textile mills. The stall holder said it wasn't for sale. Now forgive me if I'm wrong but I thought the whole idea of the fair was to sell. Anyway, just take a look at the bottom left hand side above the wooden shelf and you can see the hand I just mentioned on the green metal work!! Well he sold the bloomin' hand but not the bobbin!! 

I had a wallet full of cash and struggled to find anything I wanted to buy. Most items were dripping wet. 

There seemed to be plenty of reproduction 'vintage' on sale like these boxes but I was after the genuine vintage.  I excitedly spotted an extremely  rusty grungy vase and asked the price. Can you believe the man told me it wasn't for sale and took it off the table?! 

As I admired a old leather trunk from the early 1900s along came a man and bought it right under my nose! This was the bargain I missed!  

I spotted some cheap glassware. Not vintage, but I think they'll look good on my patio with candles and double up as a vase too. The stall holder was selling chalk paint in dusty blues and greens - I'm now regretting not buying some. 

Of course I had to check out the food on sale and it didn't disappoint. The pizza was delicious. I ate it so quickly that I didn't have chance to snap a photo of it for you !And the carrot cake too...

On the way out I stopped by one of the lakes. You could feel the sun trying to burst through the clouds. 

But I didn't want to stay any longer. My boots were leaking and I forgot to wear my socks! 

I hope you enjoyed my trip to the fair. This is the sort of thing I enjoy in my spare time. One day I would like to sell too. In the meantime, I'll be photographing my bargains over the coming weeks so keep an eye out for them! 

If you've been out with your camera I'd love to see where you've been. Please feel free to link up below.

My Weekend Walk will be back as normal next Saturday. It's been a funny old week…my potassium dropped so very low.






Kelly L McKenzie(non-registered)
I participated in a number of antique fairs with my mom back in the day and even then folks were showing stuff that wasn't for sale. I think the reasoning is two fold. One - they instantly regret putting it up for sale when interest is expressed and Two - they use the "good stuff" to draw people to them. The "good stuff" never is intended for sale. Hmmm. Wonder if either of those options was going on at yours.
So sorry you missed out on the hand equipped gate. It looks like a treasure.
I can't believe that things that were on display weren't for sale. I love that shot of the trees and the water. The reflection is divine. Can't wait to see what you purchased.
Denise Powers Fabian(non-registered)
What a treat!!!!
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