Sunday, 12 May 2013


  For many this is "off with old and on with the new" time, but this year I am finding that a lot of people are looking through their belongings and instead of throwing them out, are looking at them with an eye to recycling the pretty flowery prints that Liberties inspired in the 20s;  they are now so fashionable that they are being re-introduced as borders on clothes, patchwork on cushions and  frills and panels on lampshades.  You will find quite a lot of this sort of style at our forthcoming fair here in Bradford on Avon this very next Sunday, May 19th at the Masonic Hall, Church Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN  You can also discover three recently retired fabric designers and printers who were active in the post-war years and you have the chance to purchase some of their unsold samples.  Other textiles will include lots of worthwhile bedding for people setting up first homes and also for letting and B. &; B. enterprises.  Other delights will be original and rare decorative clothing and accessories found on working trips abroad and a mass of  attractive working  kit for features, advertising and journalism for which
Colefax and Fowler Plumbago Bouquet  design
the need has gone after retirement - and in common with most people of my age, it is high time to down-size and sort it out.  Make the most of this rather special fair and load up - bring your window measurements if you need curtains - there are lots of lovely ones including many well known designer names and Colefax of course!
  If you are a 'linen basket case' we have two specialist dealers with a wide range of household linens, and also a splendid collection of embroidered tablecloths, sheets and pillowcases, all unused from the 20s/30s bought in Madiera and the Mediterranean islands.  Come buy with me!

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