Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Veni Vidi Vici...

They came .. they saw.. they did a little shopping!
Sunday came and went in a blur.. but oh what a happy blur it was.
Tiptoeing out of the house into an arctic blast of air at 7.00 a.m on Sunday morning we realised on reaching the car how wise it had been to move it to a loftier location.. i.e on a main road.. as our own road was a stretch of sheet ice and a good practice rink for all those budding Torvill and Dean wannabees. Then we discovered that the boot of the car was frozen solid as were the side doors.. once again.. we praised our foresight for packing the car the previous afternoon. I must confess that there was a little white lie in my previous post.. We had not been forecast snow over the weekend but snow it did.. and by Saturday p.m.. there was just enough to send me into a blind panic and re-awakened a recurring nightmare about getting to the fair and finding no-one else had turned up. However ..this was far from the case.. I am relieved to say.
As the daylight broke the valiant and heroic folk started to arrive with their chariots stacked high with all manner of chattels for the fair. Soon the hall was buzzing with activity and everyone began to construct their shiny sparkly stalls.. so that by 10.00 a.m.. Chipping Sodbury town hall had been transformed into a palace of vintage finery at it's best and everyone had just about thawed out.

The scrum begins

Our ladies and gentlemen.. certainly know how to put on a good show and never fail to impress with the quality and beauty of their displays. Christmas baubles twinkled.. Christmas Fairies smiled down from their shelves, gorgeous linens were folded neatly, jewellery sparkled, our marvellous kitchen staff raced to get the teas ready, teddy bears sat poised as a sea of red noses pressed against the doors waiting for the word Go!
As I opened the doors to welcome the frozen folk inside.. I spotted many familiar and friendly faces which are always a delight to welcome back.

Identity Parade

Well... as I say.. the day passed in a blur... and it was highlighted with the meeting and greeting of the many friends old and new that filled the hall from start to finish.. and by 4.00 p.m we were just saying goodbye to our last visitors before the ritual of packing and clearing up started.
I had a fabulous day.. and felt immensely proud of our wonderful ladies and gents for putting on probably our best show yet. A choir sang and I welled up... always do when I hear children sing.

There will be many accounts of the day as seen through the eyes of fellow bloggers.. so do visit the website to see the lovely photos that were taken .. not by me .. as per usual I grappled with my camera and managed to take my usual squiffy shots as you can see!
I haven't even unpacked my boxes or moved them from where they were left in an exhausted heap on Sunday evening.. but already the seeds for our next fair in April have been sown!
P.s Thank you Jayne for being a a great partner and being my memory when mine fails!

*** If the nice lady who I talked to at the fair about wooden blocks is reading this blog.. please could she contact me via email. See sidebar for email address.


BusyLizzie said...

Brilliant day! Thank you so much for yet another fantastic event.. have taken things a little easier today.. boxes are all still piled up in one half of the sitting room... will tackle that tomorrow! (it will give me something to do if we are snowed in!!) Lizzie xxxx

Mandy said...

Glad it went well after the bad weather. Wish I didn't live so far away. Will go and check the photos out.
Daisy x

OhSoVintage said...

Another success with lots of happy shoppers & sellers. Well done!

eve said...

sounds like fun was had by all, I love to hear the children singing christams carols, brings it all back when i was in the choir(i was'nt any good)

Hen said...

It was a great day. Thanks to you and Jayne for making it all possible. Boxes sort of put away - ish!
Hen xxx

Corinne Phillips said...

Thanks for organising a fantastic day. Evie and I had a great time and met some wonderful people. x

Vintage Tea Time said...

Looks a great day. Glad it went well, in spite of the weather!

hensteeth said...

Jayne and your lovely self certainly know how to put a vintage Christmas spectacular together! Thank you so much for a perfect day. x

Country Cottage Chic said...

I still haven't come down from cloud 9!


sarah-jane down the lane said...

Michele well done! So so sorry to be elsewhere and not with you all, I have soaked up all the blogs and it seems the day was a triumph!

Now it's time for some well earned rest me thinks!

I am supposed to be douing two Christmas Fairs this weekend but the lane is blocked with 50cm's of drifting snow, hmmmm could be tricky.....

Sarah x

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Louise said...

Your blog posts are always so amusing Michele. Your words really set the scene, you need no photos. I love the red noses up against the glass, rather like at the PO! Well done to you, on yet another successful fair. x

BusyLizzie said...

Thank you for your comment, mostly running on lemsip this weekend as the dreaded lurgy has returned! xxx