We've been to Newark a few times before but not to the Antiques and Collector's Fair which according to this website is one of the 1000 places to see before you die! Quite a statement.. but I have to admit I really enjoyed it.
It takes place over two days and started yesterday, part of me wishes we'd gone yesterday really because it must have been packed with stuff. But yesterday it would have cost us £40 to get in and today it cost us just £10. A bargain really.
It was very busy and there was so much to look at, the children got a bit overheated and poor Piper ended up not feeling well so we only stayed for about 2 & a half hours. We saw so much stuff though and talked to some really interesting people. It was hard to get photos but I wish I could have taken more, it was huge with so many stalls even though lots of them must have sold nearly everything yesterday as there were some half-empty stalls.
I loved the blue bed in this photograph...
Cordelia and I had a great conversation with a lady who had a vintage button stall, she said she had started collecting them when she was a little girl and now she has thousands of them. She said she made a lot of money yesterday as two ladies who make button bouquets for brides bought lots from her. She also said she went to America and sold thousands over there! She was really lovely and we ended up buying one of her buttons. I'd have loved to have bought more really, she had beautiful French buttons and an antique Japanese one that was £300! We only bought a £4 button, but its started Cordelia's vintage button collection off nicely.
Back home and Piper had a two hour sleep and felt much better. Cordelia and Ruben played in the garden for a while being Pippin and Merry before deciding to bake a cake. Was lovely seeing them play together so nicely and then bake. Ruben has decided he wants to bake more often.
The cake was rather yummy:
Cordelia took this photo of her vintage button, a horse-who would have guessed? It is French too ;)