After feeling pretty down after losing Pinkie so suddenly it was lovely to get away for the weekend. A week last Saturday was the Giant Vintage Rag in Frome and I collected all my bits and pieces together and set off very early for a good rummage! I had arranged with Mum to meet her there, she would get the train from Devon and we would drive back to Brixham after the fair and I would stay a couple of days.
Lizzie and Clare had done a wonderful job as usual in arranging everything, and the Cheese & Grain was heaving with bargains galore!
One of my favourite buys of the day, a Victorian satin boned jacket...just wish I was a bit less portly and it fitted me GRRRR............look stunning with jeans.
Absolutely stunning 20's/30's Kimono with original Obi. The embroidery is gorgeous and done by hand. The silk has shattered in a couple of places but still beautiful.
I cannot take the credit for this stunning Edwardian wedding dress. My Mum had been staying with my brother and his family the week before and found this for me on a trip to Ely Antiques Centre (can recommend this one). After several frantic phone calls because we were out she eventually managed to get hold of me and asked me 'would it be worth buying'? Of course the answer was yes, and here it is. The skirt and bodice are in fabulous condition as it has obviously been stored away carefully.
The bodice is so tiny it doesn't even fit my waspie, and she has an original Edwardian corset on underneath. The lace and the detailing on the skirt are beautiful but I know I will have to store it away at some time (or maybe even sell it) so it doesn't get damaged.
After a lovely weekend with Mum and also helping her with her charity stand on the Sunday at the Galmpton Gooseberry Pie fair I headed off back to Derbyshire on the Monday. I had to go via Ashburton of course and in a glorious little antique shop called 'The Shambles' found these two beautiful cotton lawn Edwardian white work dresses. They are in lovely condition and I couldn't resist. Wouldn't they look stunning worn with a silk slip underneath....GRRR again, not my size!
Found this also recently. I have been after an ex Voto for yonks and they always seem to be for sale when I've got no cash or they go for way over what I've got to spend so I was lucky to find this little beauty for a reasonable price.
Hope you all have a great week. I'm getting ready now for the Cotswolds Vintage Fair organised by Ali from Betty and Violet at the end of August. Hopefully see you there!