Boot Fair Bounty

Vintage tableware

Earlier this summer I was hankering after a bit of vintage.  I hadn’t been to any fairs in a while and despite trying to search out vintage opportunities in France and Italy, I didn’t find any gems.  It was time to hit the Boot Fairs.  First thing one sunny morning I trooped off to Tetsworth, very close to the The Swan and not far from Lasscos Three Pigeons, it made a perfect triumvirate for a Sunday.

Vintage Cups And Saucers

Vintage Cups And Saucers

Unbelievably it was the first time I’d been to a boot fair and I was pleasantly surprised by this one, a mix of rickety tables and rugs on the ground. The merchandise was still being lovingly displayed when I arrived.  The endless unwrapping of vintage tea cups took one lady the best part of an hour and the fantastic display of fresh veg, each in its portioned plastic bowl was still going on as I moved on down the line.

Geraniums, Cosmos And Phlox

Geraniums, Cosmos And Phlox

The fabulous summer plants, tossing their heads in the breeze, were being sold for a song, a box each of Cosmos, Phlox and Geraniums made a wonderful splash when I got home.

Bright, battered Cars

Bright, battered Cars

I was equally tempted by the bright, battered cars, they’d have made a great 3D picture.  When I got to the vintage games I was actually more taken with the Noddy tablecloths, unfortunately not for sale, than the games themselves, although I do love the faded colours and retro graphics.

Vintage Games And A Great Table Cloth

Vintage Games And A Great Table Cloth

After passing the Cornishware for the third time and lingering longer with each pass. There was nothing for it but to haggle for large blue and white jug, so like the one that dished the breakfast milk all those years ago at my Granny’s.

Vintage Cornishware

Vintage Cornishware

Not tempted by the car parts or the piles of random flex, I’ve plenty of that at home.  I lingered by the wooden crates, so useful for photography, but one is all you need.

Vintage Crates

Vintage Crates

I headed back to the car.  This had been an eye opener and well worth another trip, but for now, I was off to The Swan for Brunch.

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30 Responses to Boot Fair Bounty

  1. Heavenly says:

    My grandmother is the boot sale queen. She used to drag me along with her and we would walk till my legs hurt. Over the years she has amassed some amazing treasures.
    Great pictures!
    *kisses* H

  2. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love all the blue china. I think I would have bought a lot of things that are in that first image and the blue and white striped china too. What a lovely day out and it looks like the weather was good to you too xx

  3. I love prop buying! It’s just the storage bit that I struggle with :P

  4. Oh I couldn’t have walked past that cornish ware, its my favourite.

  5. I love these fairs and markets I can just imagine the things I will buy!!!

  6. Nancy@jamjnr says:

    I couldn’t leave that Cornish rolling pin behind. Please tell me you bought it??

  7. Barbara says:

    Oh my….those first two photos hooked me. Love, love finds like those! If I had more pantry space I would be a complete addict.
    Fun blog…found you via HH!

  8. Love everything! I would’ve been in trouble and bought all of it. I particularly love blue and white china. And oh my goodness!! Noddy!! I haven’t seen Noddy in years! Looks like you had a great time, hope lunch was good.


  9. I love those vintage spoons and cups!

  10. Karen says:

    WOW! What a FABULOUS selection of vintage bits and bobs as well as plants too……I do love a good boot fair or brocante! I could also steal that Noddy, I used to love Noddy and Big Ears! :-) Great post GG! Karen

  11. Loved the fair but “Off to the Swan” for lunch. Some of the names over there make me laugh. When we used to visit my stepson at Reading when he was at university there we’d eat at “The Slug and Lettuce”. :)

    • GG says:

      Ah, The Slug, we have one of those in our high street too, along with The Hare And Hounds, The Hand And Flowers, The Two Brewers and The three Horseshoes. All fun places to go. GG

  12. That sounds like so much fun. Thanks for sharing with us!

  13. Janie says:

    Ummm, one crate is all you need? Hmmm, I think you have your priorities skewed GG :D
    Janie x

  14. Krista says:

    Oh how fun!! :-) I love rummage sales like this. We call it “treasure hunting”. :-) Your blue and white jug sounds wonderful. :-)

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