A Vintage Market for all Seasons is the phenomenon that is created by Maddie and Margaret for today is the day that we were invited to the creative duo’s annual twice a year Garden Sale and by golly we were in heaven! Its held in Margaret’s house which is sooo beautiful, a Georgian Mansion with ambling gardens and out buildings to die for…needless to say this was the perfect setting. These ladies buy all year for this event…adding to the collection week by week and placing it in an eclectic array of colours and themed settings….
Luckily we were invited over today (Saturday) one day early as the sale starts Sunday and I am so glad we were, as apparently people queue around the block in anticipation of them opening their gates…I don’t think I would of liked to of fought hammer and tong for items that today we leisurely picked out. I have always said its not what you know – but who you know and its definitely the case here, for we had an extremely lovely time, drinking cups of English tea in Cath Kidston mugs….whilst adding more and more to our stash!
I took many photographs with the promise of letting everyone know where this wonderful place was…but sitting in the car a little later, picking our daughter up from her Art GCSE exam, (well done Rosie!), we decided that it should be our little secret…(sorry folks!) But a Gal has got to have some secrets hasn’t she!
..And even later in the evening we had to ring Margaret up again so that they could reserve us some other pieces…you see we just couldn’t live without a 1950’s kitchen cabinet and a wonderful 1930’s mannequin! That’s the beauty of taking pictures, especially for me…I just can’t take it all in, all at once, so by taking pictures and looking at them later, I can see what I missed out on and this worked brilliantly for me.
Thing is there was so much left for other people to purchase too…just think! A whole year of buying Vintage goodies! There is so much to look at and buy and the displays! well they are divine, which is all down to Madeline, she has such a good eye for quirky collectibles…She doesn’t mind me helping her either to rearrange and display pieces that she had not gotten around to sorting..so I was in my element!
Thank you Margaret and Maddie…for inviting us and adding us to your friends and family list, we had such a lovely time meeting everyone including Tosca and Truffle, [your’e fur babies] you have a lovely home and exquisite taste and we are sooo looking forward to the next sale….keep up the good work!
Since writing this post, the Vintage Sales are no more! Margaret downsized her home and is now living her best retired life! Good on ya Margaret! Whilst Madeline has gone on to open a new venture with her Daughter Hannah…Her talent has not been wasted though as they have opened a Vintage shop together called Weathered & Worn. Madeline does all the buying and Hannah makes exquisite cakes and bakes in their coffee shop on the ground floor. We have yet to go and visit, but I have heard it is wheelchair Friendly, the talk of the town and well worth a visit.
Bye for Now x