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So I thought I would share my thoughts and that of a lot of other vintage stall holders during the lean times of the Christmas season.

Its very difficult to cope with the fact that during this time and especially with the current economic climate that stall holders are suffering a good deal financial loss due to poor sales.

Its a sad fact that many of us are working hard sourcing stock and preparing for sales for many weeks before the actual event and it takes a lot of hard work  behind the scenes, only to find that come the big day we are truly disappointed and frustrated that all our hard work seems to add up to very little financial reward.

All very doom and gloom I hear you saying, well be heartened that its not just us Vintager’s

everyone is struggling to keep their heads above water at this time but Christmas just seems to polarize matters as people shop for more commercial items associated with this time of year.

Still spring always follows winter and we should all hold tight and keep our spirits up as who knows what next year will bring.

So on a lighter note this weekend was Sadie and Bernie’s

             Vintage fair at Henley.

It was a freezing day but still a good many visitors came in and browsed , not a particularly good day sales wise but a good time was had as usual .

            The lovely Bernie.

Some pics of our furniture display…

Having a few problems with downloading the photos today…..

Please check out project gallery for more finished items….

until next time…. chin up every one…


Decided it would be nice to take my grandson Elliott to the fantastic Carters steam fair on Saturday evening  in Maidenhead Berkshire, they were having a fireworks display as well.

Elliott was really excited despite being only 2 yrs old and not really understanding what we were doing.

Sadie my daughter (Elliott’s mum) dressed up warm and drove the few miles to the fair Elliott was happy and excited seeing all the fireworks exploding in the sky during the drive.

We had to park a distance away and walk as there were so many visitors to the fair.

It was packed and very noisy and lively, the stalls and rides as expected were all steam driven and very vintage beautifully looked after and enjoyed by everyone.

Elliott had a great time especially overloading on sugar treats like candy floss !!!! he was full of himself yelling and shouting orders at everyone around him making people laugh at his antics.

He loved winning 2 prizes on the ‘Hook a duck ‘ stall until he realised that he did not get to keep the duck he had caught!!!!

We walked around for a while and then joined the rest of the crowd to watch the fireworks…

well the first firework exploded over head in a blaze of colours and noise and Elliott followed suit his voice  or rather screams took off over the explosions….he ran off into the fair shouting” Home mummy, wheres the car” over and over … I have never seen him move so fast back to the car his feet barley touched the floor.

We watched the rest of the display from the safety of the car bending our necks so we could see around an enormous pine tree !!!

Still we all enjoyed the evening and Elliott slept like a log after his adventure.

So in all Fair is Fair when you’re only 2 years old one minute youre very brave the next .. well  who knows.

Apologies for the camera shake…. and lack of firework pictures…but we were to busy running in the opposite direction….

Well back to business, we have been very busy as usual getting ready for our next bvintage fair in Henly run by Sadie and the lovely Bernie.

We will be showing a selection of our smaller vintage furniture and homeware finds and Sadie will be there of course with her vintage clothing and accessories.

Please come along and join us we would love to meet you.

A great time is always had by all and there are great original bargins to be found.

Please check out our project gallery( tab at top of page) just added some pics for you to look at and hopefully enjoy ..please feel free to leave a comment

Hi been busy finishing off a few smaller vintage finds and thought I would share them with you whist I get together all my pictures of previous before and after creations to post .. there are hundreds of them and its taking some time to sort and size but do not fear I will post these asap.

So here are a few pics of a couple of old vintage fire screens that were bought at a local boot fair,

they have been refurbished and painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint. And the centers are decorated in pretty paper then finished in matt varnish to protect.

I like this old vintage tray with brass handles a lot , now painted in chalk blue with sheet music insert.

Waxed and aged to finish.


Sorry about picture quality will be working on this shortly….

Hope you like the pics still….I will do a more detailed blog tomorrow when I don’t have my two grand babies running riot around the house  Bless them!!!!!

I love my Christmas cactus its just one of 5 that I have blooming at the moment.

So Sadie and I decided that we need to explore our local area of Berkshire to source some more Chalk paint.

We discovered that there is a shop not to far from us called Country mouse creative living that stocks Annie Sloan’s famous Chalk paint collection. So we bundled my grandson into the MPV and got out the sat nav. Here’s where the problem started the address was typed in but as per usual the sat nav didn’t recognize it as it had no house number!!!

Well it pointed us in the general direction so we set off, after  about 30 mins we began to get a bit suspicious when the road began to take us into country fields.

By now Sadie needed the loo really badly and the baby was getting fed up  in  his car seat  demanding chocolate.We switched the sat nav off at this stage as it just kept repeating itself saying ” you have reached your destination” which happened to be a horse field!!!

We drove off in a direction that looked as though life may exist there and came upon a cafe…only problem being none of the staff spoke enough English to give us any directions!!! aahhhhgggggg!!

Set off again in  the general direction of hand directions from cafe staff and after 5 mins whoopee we found it … no where in the direction the sat nav sent us.

Sadie dashed for the loo while I took my grandson of for a walk around the Antique village where Country mouse is based.

The shop is as we expected from the images on their web site  was lovely, full of vintage painted furniture and shabby chic home wares. Heaven for us as this is our area of interest.

And at the back of the shop Annie Sloan’s Chalk paint’, they stock a good selection of colours and sell the wax and crackle glaze also.

We browsed the shop and admired their furniture pieces and chatted with the lovely ladies who staff the shop, whilst trying to entertain my grandson who wanted to pick up everything he could carry.

Upstairs there are units for antique and vintage sellers who rent space to sell their items , here we found many really great pieces

Elliott my grandson was overcome with excitement when he discovered the vintage toy car collection, it took us 10 minutes to get him away from them without a tantrum which is exceptional for a 2 year old.

We really enjoyed browsing and will return again soon for further paint purchases .

Thankfully return home journey was uneventful!!!

I will keep you posted as to what the paint is going to be used for shortly along with photos .

Just to keep you posted that I am in the process of adapting the blog and getting it to look just right for our new ventures.
Taking a while to bring things together and photograph our collection.
Thanks for your continuing support whilst in this process.
I am sure you will all be pleased with the new look when its finished.
Sadie is busy with my handsome grandson and as usual working her socks of on all sorts of new projects she will post all about this shortly.

I (Aisha) am covered in paint as usual being more hands on with our furniture re-purposing.
My house is a tip from lack of attention but all for a good cause if I finish our latest influx of vintage finds.
Well better get back to the sweat shop!!! paint is calling me!

A photo to wet your appetite ..please feel free to comment…

Vintage Tub chair Painted in Chalk grey and waxed and distressed. Re upholstered in vintage Parisian Fabric…..SOLD

Hi everyone just of to Windsor race course today( in the freezing cold) to look at Marques for Christmas Retro festival in Maidenhead.
Will post details of this festival later this week…hope to see you there promises to be a fantastic weekend!!!

Breath…. and type…..

Well it surely has been a very busy few weeks (as usual) for team SBV..

We have attended a plethora of Vintage Fairs, and bumped into some fabulous blog world friends too!

But before all that, a little catch up.

One. We are moving house on the 20th of August. A whole month early, and whilst, as you all know, I have planned the entire redocoration and landscaping of the new house, I have yet to pack a single thing or change any utilities… hmmm.

Still, I am very excited and quietly confident of pulling it all together with a little help from my friends!

Two. Project Business expansion.  This has been going extremely well and we are now officially restorers and re workers of lovely old vintage and antique furniture, and we have even started selling pieces before our official launch which is likely to be the beginning of October.

So, now for some pics!

These were taken at the Antique vs Vintage Fair and The Pop – Up Vintage Fair.





August is a hard time for vintage and antique sellers alike, but we have braved through and had a good time doing it.

I was also delighted to finally meet the lovely Landgirl1980 and the HenHouse Family! Both running blogs that I have adored and followed for a few years now. I highly recommend adding then to your blog lists!

Right, flying visit, but I will be back soon (sooner that last time anyway) with more tails of vintage-ness!

kiss, Sadie xx

I once heard an uber famous female music star say that women are either funny OR beautiful, but rarely both…

Well Jane Russell was certainly one of these rare women.

Her beauty was obvious to the eccentric movie mogul Howard Hughes who gave her her first movie role in the film “The Outlaw” however the film was so controversial that it was not allowed to be released to the general public until 5 years after it was made , mainly because of her stunning bosom and ample cleavage. In fact, at one stage the Vatican deemed the film so indecent that to see it would mean you had committed a mortal sin…

As you know, this year I have started to post monthly on Inspirational Vintage Women, and ironically Jane Russell was going to be my next subject as I had always admired her beauty, feist and wit.  Rare in women these days, exceptional in her day.

Rest in peace Jane, you really were quite a woman.

Love Sadie x

Hello, to you all, I hope you are having a sensational start to the New Year.

One of the (many) things I want to achieve this year is to regularly post about some of the most inspirational vintage women that ever lived.  It is such a tradegedy that many women never recieved an education from their mothers about the women who went before us and paved the way for our rights, passions, fashions and more and I hope I can bring you a little knowledge of these women. Some I am sure you may have heard of and some not, either way they are all worthy of considerable note.

I wont go into lots of facts and details about these women, but just tease you with snippets of information in the hope you will research them further yourselves if your interested. Enjoy xx

First up is the amazing Ms. Louise Brooks, possibly the most famous flapper of all time.

Louise Brooks was a true renaissance women of the arts, she was a movie star, dancer, showgirl, model, muse and society darling across both sides of the pond as well as Europe.

Her trademark black bob, was the start of  a fashion trend so enormous, that to put it into today’s terms, completely overshadowed even the “Rachel” that was worn by Jennifer Anniston in the 1990s. Imaging, you, all your friends, and every other women you know, cutting your hair off in a society that had always dictated that a women’s hair be long, tidy and mostly tied up. It was that huge. Everyone did it.

French film historians rediscovered her films in the early 1950s, proclaiming her as an actress who surpassed even Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo as a film icon (Henri Langlois: “There is no Garbo, there is no Dietrich, there is only Louise Brooks!”), much to her amusement.

Love to you all xx

I had the most beautiful dream!

I was lounging in a beautiful white room, filled with sunlight and fresh fragrant flowers…

And when I woke up, sat at my desk with my coffee to get my daily blog and caffeine fix and there was my room! Courtesy of one of my favourite blogs, Little Emma English Home.

Delicious. I will always come back to this interior style.

Love Sadie  xxx

Vintage Barrel Back Chair Now Sold

We will be showing here!!