|A selection of vintage French textiles|
|French cafe curtains|
I continued with Bath for another 15 years and gave up Shepton Mallet which I found expensive and very mediocre, though I did meet Polly Lyster through it, and continued with the Little Chelsea fair in Chelsea Town Hall for many years, collecting Chelsea ladies who loved the linen and Provencal fabrics I could find in those days. The smart young lady decorators were not very interested in my old shabby stuff - they preferred to sell expensive yards of frilly chintz. I bought and sold quite a lot of painted peasant marriage chests from Czechoslovakia which looked wonderful wherever they were placed - and made an ideal display stand for all my linen - the only trouble was heaving them on and off the roof rack of my Volvo estate! Luckily they always sold at the Fair so I did not have to cart them home. When the Little Chelsea changed hands I decided to leave London and outside Fairs and concentrate on our own, which worked out quite well tho' I did miss the international clientele in London - especially on Decorex dates when foreign buyers who had emptied their purses for their clients, decided to treat themselves to a little souvenir at our modest Fair!