It seems to be quite difficult to set up a successful antiques event - inclement weather, difficult customers (buyers & sellers), mistakes in advertisements - a whole host of factors can tip the balance from success to failure. Still intrepid entrepreneurs do their best to set up new events. Mr Kevin Brown has created the bric-a-brac bonanza that is the York Racecourse Car Boot Sale, attracting hundreds of sellers and many more buyers on summer Saturdays, and he is now venturing into the organisation of antiques fairs.
We wish him GOOD LUCK!
Monday saw the last of this year's antiques fairs in York and we attended with great anticipation as usual - and left flushed with success and with a stash of treasure.
A huggable North Country slipware jug.
A dreamy Edwardian "Downton Abbey" dress.
A cute vintage elasticated swimsuit in an Abstract Expressionist cotton print.
And a Georgian enamel patch box with a beehive on the lid, symbolising industry...
We could not, of course, leave York without a little top-up of history and high culture, so we called in at Treasurer's House, close by the Minster.
A pink sandstone statue, blushing beautifully.
The house is full of sparkling light and deep, subtle shades.
Dramatic renovations are taking place "chez nous" so we were looking for inspiration here - dark colour on the window frames enhances the the view outside and could be just the thing... We love Gustavian pale interiors as much as the next World of Interiors addict, but colour is so intoxicating.
'80s fashions are in vogue now so may we stencil again, please?
And did we mention the ghosts who inhabit Treasurer's House?