Yesterday my husband and I spent a long - and tiring - day at Builth Antiques and Collectors Fair. Hundreds of stalls trading, and you practically need a bicycle to get round! We walked round and round for about 5 1/2 hours and my legs are complaining today. It is such a great day out for us though, and of course, it's like a gigantic treasure hunt as we are searching for the things which interest us.
Fierce isn't he?! The card reads: "A very large Sawankhalok pottery temple naga finial. Thailand, 145h - 15th C, with incised brown decoration over a cream glaze. . . . . . . £350."
I bet my eldest daughter would go for this! So Flower Power and Psychodelic!
A badger from an earlier cull . . .
A retro corner took me back to my childhood . . .
An interesting corner.
Bits and bobs are on virtually every stall.
I wondered if this was a little goat cart, but they have side shafts, so perhaps this had a human in harness! Sold, anyway.
Badly foxed, and at £40 I couldn't see getting it down to what I'd have LIKED to pay for it, considering the foxing, but I loved this old print! First line says "Screwdriver & Reardone's opinions concerning "The Prize", own brother to Lottery on the 1st May 1841. (Lottery was a famous racehorse who won the Grand national in 1839).
A selection of quilts.
A stable full of rocking horses were in one corner . . . And there were some . . . hair extensions on sale there too!
A view of the main hall from the balcony.
Above and below - a wonderful display of colourful Carnival glass, which I have a soft spot (but no money or room) for . . .
This stall of kitchenalia is always here and is one of my favourites. I love to check it out, if I can get near (it's always popular. Check out the rarer yellow and white striped T & G Green jars . . .
And here's what I bought. A lovely honey glazed Aller Vale pot (Torquay pottery), dating from about 1910 or so. You can tell labour was cheap then, as it had four lines of poetry . . . Later pieces mostly have just a short saying on them.
The pattern is called "Kerswell Daisy". There were a couple of missing bits of flaked glaze but that doesn't bother me, as you'll not notice on the shelf, and it came cheap enough.