Thursday, 8 May 2014


    I have invited several 'occasional' new traders,  to my June Rag Market;   they are all old friends and colleagues, they have rooted out surplus textiles and allied stuff, while down-sizing and moving house - so there are plenty of good things to find on their stalls.
Sue Wales and Gabi Tubbs are both former journalists from Country Living magazine and have collected interesting souvenirs on their many trips abroad, often for styling photos for articles.
Jane Newdick and Caroline Arber are both very well-known illustrators and photographers with plenty of kit for styling their shots, and Caroline is bringing her personal collection of Victorian children's costume - collectors will make a bee-line to her stall in the wine vaults at No 29, as these garments are famously difficult to find in good condition.   Ann le Coz' shop is well known to Bathonians decorating and wanting high grade upholstery work for their schemes.  She takes 4 poster beds in her stride.  Here top name designer remnants are a snip!
Julie Pryor and her ladies are known for their very high standard of needlework of all kinds.  They meet, work and show as a group locally and I am always drawn to their fine handwork and their brilliant new ideas for making garments and artefacts.  I have just acquired a very pretty  blue,slightly sparkly, neck 'warmer' which adds something to a denim jacket and does not slip about as it is quite stretchy!
Sue Conrad  travels to India while collecting special textiles and photographing them;  her stuffs sold well at the last Fair to a discerning buyer, and Jenny Garrett-Smith has a dazzling collection of bright striped tickings which were grabbed by eager collectors last time.   Some appeared in a very stunning cloth picture portrait which sold immediately in a Bathonian gallery!  Tickings are now quite rare to find especially ones in good condition. They were mostly used to cover feather beds so got a lot of use and constant washing.
 Times Past are a husband and wife team with a very wide collection of clothing, household linens and all kinds of finery, useful and very well presented.   You might find a Victorian sun bonnet, a frilly nightie or a super christening robe in their collection!  Collectors love their interesting stock!
Caroline Ingram  (family) sold a great many top Italian shoes last time and returns with lots of inherited Italian, hardly worn, fashionista  trousers and accessories for your approval! (All the top names are there in spades!)
 Cecille Gemmell (linen sheets)  and Deborah Ruff (costume)are newcomers and we welcome them to add to the variety of stock shown at the forthcoming Rag Market!
The glorious moments of SHOPPING! at one of my former Fairs!

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