Sunday 23 June 2013

Love Lane Vintage Fair

Since my birthday trip to Alciston, I've fallen in love with the county of Sussex. 

So, when I heard of a vintage fair taking place in Wisborough Green, I just had to go. My friend and fellow bride-to-be, Laura's fiancĂ© was away on his stag weekend (with my fiancĂ© in tow) so this weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to distract ourselves with pretty crafts and antiques. 

Now, the journey was a little more complicated than we had anticipated. After 2 and a half hours, we arrived at Billingshurst Railway Station and decided that, because it didn't look very far on the iPhone (stupid iPhone), we'd try to walk to Wisborough Green. Clearly we've been living in London too long.

After half an hour of walking, the pavement literally disappeared and we found ourselves on a very busy road. A few panicked telephone calls to local taxi companies later, and a driver was sent to 'find us'.

But our embarrassment vanished upon arriving at the Village Hall. Nestled behind the duck pond and decked in bunting and rustic floral arrangements lay the Love Lane Vintage emporium. 

The Hall was laden with stalls full of antique toys, beautiful china, handmade cushions and clothes, exquisite bags and jewels...and so much more!

What did we discover?

Laura found a collection of Penguin books for her wedding centrepieces, which was just what she'd been looking for. Nikki bought a gorgeous steel grey silk dress and a 1920s bag. 
I have been on the lookout for a parasol for years without much success. But lo and behold - what did I find? A beautiful broderie anglaise Edwardian parasol! SOLD. 

After a lovely lunch I bought a handmade white linen cushion with a vintage French fabric 'skirt' - I'd never seen anything like that before. It now occupies pride of place on my bed. 

And finally, having visited it several times, I eventually bought a 1920s beaded collar. 

The stall holders were all so friendly and cheery - they made the day very enjoyable indeed. But perhaps my favourite character was George, the delightfully handsome dog, who was proudly advertising his owner's wares. We all wanted to take him home with us.

By the time we left the fair, it seemed we'd achieved a degree of infamy as a result of our eccentric journey. I assure you, reader, it really should only take 1 1/2 hours if done properly.

Opposite the hall, we also found SCRIPT, a charity shop specialising in antiques where I found these gold-flecked and pearl evening gloves.

Not a bad haul. We ended our adventure with delicious chocolate cupcakes next to the duck pond. Yum! Thank you to Lucy & co. from Love Lane Vintage for a cracking day out.


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