Sunday, 14 April 2013

My first fair of the year.

I can't believe I haven't posted here since the end of last year.   That's terrible!

I visited a fair today and as most of the items are for the Servant's Room in this property, I thought I'd post the pic of my purchases here.
It wasn't a big fair and on arriving and looking around I really thought I was going to be disappointed but after making the first circuit, that turned out not to be the case although there were a few of the usual exhibitors missing.
I didn't have a list this time as I knew pretty much what I wanted.   One thing I did notice was a lot of the fancy accessories, ie. perfume trays, dainty gloves, handkerchiefs, etc. all the little things that add so much to a room and are usually hand made, they were all stuck down!   I saw a lot of dressing tables, cabinets, display tables etc all beautifully dressed and accessorised but the little items weren't available separately.   I thought that was a shame although perhaps my wallet didn't!
Anyway, I did get cornicing, a chest of drawers, trunk, bag, basket, mirror and pillows - all for Hambleton Hall and also a slightly smaller hat stand for my Edinburgh Emporium project.   I think the one I have at the moment stands too tall.   I also picked up a couple of bags of findings to add to my little collection.
One other thing I got (and it wasn't intentional) was this wooden knife - RL size.   I've noticed at the few fairs I manage to get to that the caterers are no longer offering wooden stirrers - I wonder why? lol!   When I got to the table, ready to tuck into the lovely pastry I'd bought, I discovered I had picked up two knives (they were a bit more substantial than the plastic ones also available).   It seemed daft to take the extra one back as I'm sure I can find a mini use for it .............maybe!   All suggestions gratefully received.



  1. Nice purchases Irene. I am sure you will find a use for knife. Cutting clay maybe. Cant wait to see what you do with your items.

  2. Nice purchases, Irene! Shopping trips are always good for the soul!

  3. No idea on the knife but love the drawers and all the other items:)

  4. Hello Irene,

    You picked up some great little miniatures at the show! love the chest and that basket is sweet!

    I went to a tiny local show recently myself, and was surprised by the quality of things on offer, and I honestly think they were a little cheaper than what you might pay for something of similar quality at a bigger show. Shame the show only happens near here once a year!!

    As for the knife (naughty!!) I am sure you will think of something! And know you have mentioned it, I will be taking a few extra stirrers next time I am in Costa's!! ;o)

    Andy x

  5. Ciao Irene! Pensavo che Hambleton Hall fosse finita....sento che manca una stanza da servitù. Non vedo l'ora di vederla finita, allora! Sei riuscita a fare shopping lo stesso, nonostante la fiera era sottotono! :D

  6. You picked up some lovely things, Irene. I'm going to my 'first' show of the year, too, next weekend --can't wait! It's the only show nearby so that will probably be it for me.

  7. I don't think I have ever seen a wooden knife, I am sure you will think of some thing!!

    Smaller fairs can sometimes be real treasure troves but maybe not this one, but at least you were able to add to your stash. They are usually great places for bits and pieces you wouldn't bother ordering on line because of postage costs.

    Hope you had a nice day out though.

  8. I like all your goodies Irene, what a shame the sellers weren't offering the individual accessories, that is what I usually buy as they aren't so expensive and I love the array people come up with, looking forward to our Sydney Fair in a few weeks. Sorry I can't think of any suggestions for the knife.

  9. It looks like you had a lovely time after the initial disappointment. Some nice finds, including the knife. :D

  10. You succeeded to make some good purchase. You have a special ability to find things I did not know we could buy. I'm particularly a fan of your little basket you bought this time.

  11. Hello Irene,
    What wonderful minis. You always choose fantastic pieces. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Big hug,

  12. Hi Irene, you bought a lot of pretty miniatures at the fair. I wish you lots of fun with them! And I hope you will find a good purpose for the knife....

  13. I wish you hadn't asked about the knife - I already stay awake at night befuddled with my own mini stuff now I have your knife to contemplate! It seems to waste those pre-cut zig-zags... where do we need an edge like that?

  14. Hi Irene! It is always a nice HIGH when you go to a show and come away with some necessary items that can be used right away in a doll's house or a mini scene. Good work in getting what you needed and being happy with it after you got it back home. You make a good point about some of the more desirable tiny items that you may be interested in being glued down with others that you don't want or incorporated into something big in size and on the wallet. Good to remember when I get my items ready for our local show in June!



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