Tuesday, 27 September 2011


After a great night in watching the tears and the tantrums of X-factor with Mr Stokes, whom I felt I'd been badly neglecting in the name of crockery, it was up early on Sunday for my first time selling china at the Bath Vintage and Antiques Market, organised by the lovely Naomi Knight. I'd had a tearoom there for the first two month's but a lack of resources (mainly easily reachable water source and tables) meant it was too tricky for me to do and best left to a catering company with all the gear. 

The Concourse at Green Park Station busy with Bath VA traders - I'll be in on here for October

 I shuffled up, bleary eyed, about 8am to find the whole place (Green Park Station) busy with stallholders unloading transit vans full of oak wardrobes, old telephones, vintage clothes and to my amazement (and disappointment?) loads and loads of vintage china. It seems everyone has gone crazy for selling it.

Still all the business books say competition is good so I set up my stall and felt pleased that I managed to make it look presentable. The good thing about having a market stall is that you can create a new shop display each time you unpack. The bad thing is that you have to unpack. And when you are unpacking china that means hundreds of separate bubble-wrapped precious items one after the other. How I envy textile makers who can throw things in bags and baskets and they look so wholesome.

My stall at the Bath VA with my mum's handmade bunting

I'm taking another stall there on the 30th October and hopefully in November and December too as I'm making it my regular Bath outlet, along with selling sets in The Canary Cafe in Queen Street. My October calendar is a bit bare for fairs though so if anyone knows of good ones, please let me know.


Vintage Telephones - oldphones@btinternet.com


  1. I love the way you have set up your display, it looks very inviting.

  2. Thank you! It takes AGES but it's worth it.

  3. Hello There,
    This blog is so, so lovely! All of the pictures are so pretty and one-of-a-kind. I love it all to pieces! I have just started selling china on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LobleyCottage?ref=pr_shop_more

    So if you are ever in need in some more beautiful bits and bobs have a hop over there. We are adding new pieces every week!
    I hope you have a good day.