Saturday, 21 January 2012

Two Stannary towns...some finds...and a sad goodbye!

Today, we had a 'jolly jaunt' across the moors to Tavistock.

Tavistock is an old Stannary town.

If you didn't know, Stannary towns were towns where

refined tin was weighed, coined and sold.

I quite like Tavi and it is one of those places which has an old market hall

which has kept its character...unlike the market hall in the town where I live!

Newton Abbot market hall was once oozing with character but sadly

the stalls have been re-designed so that you can't

see over them to get an overview of the hall.

Tavistock market hall is much nicer and how a market hall should be...

in my opinion! ;-)

Tavistock market hall has a good range of products on offer from crafts

to vintage bits and pieces to books and foods etc etc

It's a fine place for a good old rummage!

We bumped into the lovely Sian, who is the organiser of the now famous

Tavistock vintage fairs! She has her own stall at the market hall.

We'll be returning to Tavistock on Saturday Feb 11th

as I'm doing my first vintage fair of the year

at Tavistock Town Hall.

After a wander around we drove back to Ashburton!

Ashburton is also an ancient Stannary town.

We spotted no tin but there was plenty

of vintage being shown off to its best at

The Vintage Emporium.

A gorgeous shop indeed!!

And Sarah just happened to say that they had plenty more coming in...

so a good excuse for another visit soonish!

I came back empty handed though!!

However, I have found some interesting bits this week!!

A lovely tea towel...

A book, which is on its way as I type...I can't wait to 'show and tell' it!!

Various pieces of vintage fabric...

Finally...some sadness is occurring!

If you've never been to Lesley's fabulous shop

' This 'n That ' in Totnes

then you have a week to get there!

Sadly, it is closing!

There will still be a 'This 'n That' in some form but

Lesley is taking it in a slightly different direction.

I will really, really, really miss going into this little shop when I wander along

The Narrows in Totnes . It was, after all, an 'escape' for me and

a chance to revisit my childhood.

Anyway, I wish Lesley and Paul all the very best with

their future ventures and, hopefully, I'll be nipping down

to do one last blog post before 'This 'n That' closes

its doors.

Three cheers for, 'This 'n That' and all the pleasure that

it has given me!! ;-)

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


Meggy has passed the 11 month mark and is well on her way to

her first birthday!!

Can you believe that?

She is the most beautiful and placid little girl and we are lucky

enough to see her fairly often...along with her wonderful mum and dad.


On Saturday, we paid a visit to an Antiques fair in Exeter.

It wasn't much cop, as they say ... too much jewellery and china

for my liking but I did spot this, unopened and a mere snip at around £45 :

I didn't buy it, I hasten to add!

I also spotted and bought this bargain:

I opened it and there were some coloured candles inside.

It wasn't until I got it home that I found a

receipt inside... from January 1955.

Candles for Angel Chimes (who remembers that?!)

6 shillings.... and 1 shilling and sixpence postage!

Only three of the candles were used.

It's funny how a girl can be quite happy with a box of coloured candles...

and a tin of vintage cotton reels!!


And finally... here's a sneak preview of some vintage fabric

which is about to be added to my shop!

All gorgeous...but not half as gorgeous as...