On Friday myself and Mr B attended the Decorative Home & Salvage show at Tatton Park Cheshire. The show is organised by Arthur Swallow fairs who also run the ever popular Lincolnshire Showground Antique fairs and although it was minute in size to the Lincs antique fairs it was still well worth a visit.
The setting was in the lovely grounds of the National Trust owned Tatton park and as it was a lovely sunny day, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, with lots of the vendors sitting on the grass in the sun and there was no sense of pressure from them to buy. The general bonhomie was helped along with the addition of a pimms tent at the end of the field, which also had a stall selling pizza made in an outdoor wood burning stove and there were lots of little vintage caravans and classic trucks, selling tea & cakes and ice cream.
A lot of the vendors were selling repro items but if you’re not a slave to authenticity they were nice additions to any home & garden. The majority of the dealers though were selling genuine antiques and salvage, with some lovely pieces available.
Lovely French finds from Millington & Hope
My favourite of the day, although out of my budget, at £400, was an original Napoleonic period tailors dummy, which could have come straight from the french revolution.
We did come away with a few buys. I finally bought a wooden sleigh, from a German dealer, West Coast Antiques, which I have wanted for ages, to display Christmas presents on under the tree. We also bought an industrial style metal stool for our kitchen and a lovely vintage basket, at £6.00 will be perfect for a prop next time I’m shooting food or country style room sets.
For a full list of events and dates of antique fairs run by Arthur Swallow check their website.