It was my husband's birthday this weekend. We planned to visit Shepton Mallet Antiques & Collectables Fair and set out early on Saturday morning, only to hit heavy rain, and then just outside Cardiff, the driver's side windscreen wiper jammed. We managed to pull over onto a reasonably curvaceous stretch of hard shoulder so wwere even off the hard shoulder, and tried fixing it. No joy. We ended up taking an A road up towards the valleys and lurking in a pub car park until the AA came out to try and fix it. A temporary repair was carried out, and we limped home.
Attempt No. 2 was yesterday, and we made it . . . Here is the "new" bridge over the Severn into England . . .
Whilst we had an enjoyable day, it was a little disappointing as very few outside stalls set up (who can blame them, after Saturday's weather), and there wasn't the same amount of "house clearance stuff in the back sheds" which we know and love at Builth and which we were hoping to find here.
Back in England!
There were lots of nice little tented stalls to explore - the shabby-chic Country Living look where folk had bought tatty furniture and rendered it even tattier with a layer of Farrow and Ball paint and a rub-back. And some "fashionable" lamp-shade updates, though tbh, I don't think the sacking look will ever take off . . .
Then there was the unusual - a vast elephant foot and a very expensive collection of corals (more out of shot).
This was perhaps my favourite stall. She had a good eye and wonderful displays.
This little Victorian caravan and contents was AMAZING. I became a child again and wanted to take it all out and play with it. I didn't dare ask the price. The little horse that pulled it was gorgeous too, and the stall holder said she had such a soft spot for him, as he had a floppy head where his stuffing had moved (probably into his legs!) What a unique thing to sell. Wish I'd found it going cheap!!
Inside the showground buildings (it is a permanent show site for the Bath and West Show) other people had set up their stalls.
And a grander setting . . .
This was another favourite stall, with some interesting kitchenalia.
Prices were eye-watering, but we discovered that it is truly an arm and a leg to have a stall here (£300 for the best indoor area and £139 or so for an outside stand). But people came and bought, and presumably didn't haggle too much. Don't think we will be doing a stall there as it's too far to go really, for us in far off distant foreign lands . . .
There were a few quilts, but I didn't see any prices . . .
This was pretty but I don't know if it was of any great age.
And then we were heading home . . .
Kath - I know, we were so close. One of these days we will arrange a meet up when we aren't dashing off somewhere else! Promise : )
Post tomorrow will show the few things we could afford to buy . . .