It has to be acknowledged that fairs like the Arthur Swallow Salvage Show at Ripley near Harrogate last weekend do not cater for the average collector - they are all about design, inspiration and restoration. I was excited to see that the marquees included one full of antique and vintage Indian textiles - I just happened to be looking for a kantha quilt to cover a sofa.
These can be found in some shops, on some high streets, at a price - Toast and Oka are two stockists in Harrogate. They're also on ebay at bargain prices - but online it's difficult to judge quality and condition. At Ripley this lovely seller , who visits India four times a year, had just what I wanted...
... a hand-stitched quilt in pretty vintage fabrics, at a price only slightly higher than the ebay offerings.
Moving on, I was pleased to bump into Shelley who used to live on our row of cottages, a few doors away from us. I'd heard that she'd started a new business called PASH selling salvage and stylish curiosities.
I decided that a visit to her shop was long overdue.
A red brick mill. Outside - simple, serious, a bit mysterious.
Inside? Move over Cath Kidston, this new look is cutting edge...
My favourite things in Shelley's stock - beautiful Victorian floor tiles at £8 each. The utility room floor is definitely due for a makeover...
To see more about PASH, click on this link.