A Vintage Market for all Seasons

vintage market garage sale

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….

car park vintage sale

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!

vintage wares on a ladder

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!

;ady taking a picture of herself in a mirror

..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.

vintage union jacks on chair

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!

vintage collectibles arranged on shelves

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!

vintage beach collectibles

a room full of vintage curiosities

man sitting on stool at garage sale

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


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  1. Sal
    17th May 2008 / 9:35 am

    I would have needed to hire a rather large vehicle for the day, if I had gone to that! Lucky you! 😉 Sal

  2. Lynne Laura
    16th May 2008 / 7:19 pm

    How simply wonderful for you! What a place and what fantastic treasures! Lucky you are a friend of theirs. Love that floral tent outside in the yard too…Kindredly, Lynne Laura

  3. the vintage magpie
    14th May 2008 / 8:14 am

    OMG that sale looks amazing.. you lucky lucky ducks! I think I’d have broken out in a sweat and possibly fainted if I’d have been faced with so much gorgeousness to buy!!

  4. Nostalgia at the Stone House
    13th May 2008 / 7:54 am

    What a beautiful house and amazing sale…..you must have wanted to move in and stay. Looks like they had some amazing stock and so much of it.Niki

  5. clare Carter
    13th May 2008 / 1:42 am

    Oh wow! I want to come and play with you.That is indeed some kind of heaven.

  6. Cynthia
    12th May 2008 / 10:49 pm

    You’re right, that does look like heaven. Lucky you.

  7. Nicky
    12th May 2008 / 9:26 pm

    Such a lovely fair!!I see lots of things I would have added to my pile like te blue Loyd Loom chairs! And the drying rack!!It is indeed who you know for such things and good buys.

  8. Linnea
    12th May 2008 / 8:48 pm

    Wow!! I think I would have wanted everything :o) It looks like those two ladies have wonderful taste in picking out so many things. I’m sure their sale was a big success. How fun!! Your pictures were lovely. Wish I could have been there.

  9. mollycupcakes
    12th May 2008 / 2:38 pm

    Great little place well worth the visit.Lots of gorgeous vintage finds. Lucky you getting to have first dibs on everything.Many thanks for all you help.Hugs.Catherine x

  10. jessica daisy
    12th May 2008 / 12:24 pm

    How fantastic, such an aladdin’s cave of goodies! I can understand you wanting to keep such a treasure trove a secret.I hope Rosie did well in here art exam, I sure she’ll do really well if she takes after you, you have such a good eye for things, and your house is beautiful!Jessx

  11. Miles Away In France
    12th May 2008 / 9:38 am

    Oh you lucky thing, how lovely to be able to go to such a place and even better to be able to go before the crowds.Racheal x

  12. Anonymous
    12th May 2008 / 12:40 am

    I am so jealous.The photos are so fabulous!! I am wishing I were there.

  13. prettyshabby
    11th May 2008 / 6:09 pm

    Wow how absolutely fantastic..I dont know how you restrained yourself I think I would need a moving lorry and an even bigger mortgage! It all looks so wonderful I dont blame you in the least to keep it a secret, it would spoil it if everybody came from everywhere and I’m sure that would bump up the prices too. Lucky you, thats all I’ll say!!!

  14. thriftymrs
    11th May 2008 / 5:33 pm

    I am so jealous, what lovely, lovely things. I am dying to see what you bought.

  15. jellybelly*jellybrain
    11th May 2008 / 10:13 am

    How ever did you tear youselves away?!

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