Exeter Vintage and Handmade Fair

Saturday 16th July I attended my first ever Vintage fair.  Before the event I was really nervous about attending, worrying  I wouldn’t sell anything, that my stock would look amateur next to all the other experienced stall holders.

Arriving early, as I still had to price loads of items, hubby ferried box after box of stock into the hotel where the event was being held.  It quickly became apparent that I had way too much stock for the space allocated.  We moved tables around and soon made ourselves a cosy little space to display my wares.  We decided to use the event to showcase a few pieces of the painted and reloved furniture we are hoping to sell.

As you can see it was very cosy, but I think it worked.  I was just a teeny bit nervous about the bookcase above which held lots of china, especially when the crowds started to appear (and there were crowds over 700 people through the doors on the day).

It was so lovely to see so many people I knew, including the lovely Jules from I need curtains for the windows in my head  (isn’t that the most fab name for a blog!)  I so get what she means.  Many thanks to Jules for the pic below I pinched from her, please do pop over and read her account of Saturday.  Her lovely best mate also purchased my three favourite items, he has seriously good taste ! 

 Also my lovely friend Ruth and her toooooo gorgeous little girl.  Ruth blogs at Lemonade Life  another great blog to add to your list.

After a slow start I was soon rushed off my feet and had a wonderful day selling out of all my vintage cups and saucers, lots of plates, in fact most of the stock you see above sold.  I wish I had taken an “after” picture.  I also sold two pieces of our reloved furniture, three commission requests and had two offers to sell my stock in local bricks and mortar shops.  I think I can safely say my first Vintage fair was a great success.

One of our reloved items, the glam chalkboard. 

Beautiful shelf unit’s hand crafted by my husband from the remains of the twins cots and painted with gorgeous vintage coloured chalk paints.

Lots more stock available soon for sale.  Please do contact me at info@thewhiteapproach.com  if you would like more info on our reloved furniture.




  1. Midlife Singlemum
    July 25, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    Quick get down to the fairs and stock up!

  2. Anonymous
    July 25, 2011 / 7:01 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing day. Your stock all looks beautiful and it's great there was such a huge crowd.Well done xx@missielizzieb

  3. Jane
    July 25, 2011 / 7:14 pm

    wow sounds like a fantastic day so glad your first fair went so well x

  4. ChrisTea And Cakes
    July 25, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    What wonderful items, you and your man make a great team, hope you did well financially out of it, I went to one the other day and stall holders didn't have much on show, glad you stuffed your stall to the rafters. Wish I lived closer so I could have had a rummage through your stall. xx

  5. Mama Syder
    July 26, 2011 / 9:49 am

    How fab that you bumped into other bloggers there…Thats so lovely! Love the look of all your stock…it all looks soooooo gorgeous x

  6. Karen Jones
    July 26, 2011 / 11:07 am

    Thank you lovely ladies. I was thrilled to bits with how it turned out. Now all I have to do is go shopping for more stock !! Oh the stress that will be : ) xx

  7. Lisa
    July 26, 2011 / 11:14 am

    I so wish that I'd come, but sadly lots of these types of events are completely out of bounds due to my wide rear-end (pram not mine). Sounds like you had a fab day though xLisa

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