It was business as usual for us at the IACF antiques fair at Newark this week, until I noticed the elegant lady in the yellow beret, two stands away from us.
(I think she was having a quiet snooze.)
Mr N did not recognise her, but I am well-known in our family for being a mine of interesting information and useless tittle tattle. "She's quite a famous actress!" I whispered excitedly, "And a well-known expert on thimbles and sewing sundries! I'm sure I've seen her on TV, in fact I saw her recently in 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer', the film of that creepy novel by Patrick Suskind!"
It was indeed Bridget McConnel, who, in the film, plays the aunt of a pretty young woman, foolishly intent on purchasing some perfume.
Here she is back in 1981, in an episode of Tales of the Unexpected. Ms. McConnel's excellent website is here and includes items for sale.
It isn't the first time I've noticed a famous face on the selling side of antiques - I wonder if you have seen any around the fairs - and do you remember these?
This is Chilham Village Hall in Kent - an amazing tithe barn where we've spent happy hours hunting antiques - after the initial shock of meeting this fine fellow on the door...
...HELP! He's on the left and he was once a famous professional wrestler and antiques fair organizer. Answer a) below.
Do you remember this dolly bird? She sells antique Scandinavian furniture - and she's Ben Fogle's lovely mum. Answer b).
There may not be many of you old enough to recognise this moody young 1960s rock star from Sheffield, though you may know his hit "The Crying Game", later recorded by Boy George. He's still there and still rockin', but now he also sells antiques at local fairs and in local shops. Answer c).
a) Jackie Pallo 1926 - 2006
b) Julia Foster
c) Dave Berry