I love a good root around an antique fair or boot sale and there is nothing better, as far as I am concerned, than spending a day in the middle of the beautiful Cheshire countryside picking my way through some of the finest antiques and vintage treasures, sourced from the UK and Europe.
If like me, this is your idea of heaven, then The Decorative Home & Salvage Show is an event not to be missed. It is such a treasure trove of beautiful decorative pieces for the home and garden, with something for every taste. From French Shabby chic, to rustic country and industrial reclaimed and salvage. You will find furniture, fabrics, bric a brac, lighting and clothes.
The event runs for three days, Friday through to Sunday and there is literally something there for all the family to do such as fairground rides for the children and plenty of good food and beverages available on site, it’s a great day out.
Copious cups of tea and cake to keep you fortified while you shop.
As an interior designer and stylist and complete salvage hunter obcessive, I know there will always be something to catch my eye. From the perfect rug that I’ve been looking for to must have props such as beautiful textiles, linen covered books and tiny wee vintage shoes, perfect for styling a children’s shoot, everything is there and as is often the case when you go vintage shopping, there’ll be that one item that you weren’t looking for, but that you suddenly can’t live without.
Today was no exception and I came away armed with beautiful crockery and glass ware, something a stylist can never have too much of? Some of my favourite traders were there, displaying their stalls like true visual merchandisers. I’m always impressed by the amount of effort that goes into the displays, you really do feel like you’re walking into your favourite shop.
Paul & Lucy Vintage specialise in industrial salvage and have some really wonderful pieces for display and props.
Smug Fox had one of the loveliest stalls that caught my eye for it’s mix of vintage furniture and beautiful homewares. These little pink ladders came home with us for our daughters bedroom, which i’ll use to display fairy lights to add a scandi look to her bedroom.
The event is at Cheshire show ground and entry for the weekend is only £5 per day.The best of the three day event is that if you live relatively closely, as I do, you can always go back again tomorrow and do it all again.
For further details of future events organised by Arthur Swallow go here.