Friday, 15 October 2021

GIANT SHEPTON FLEA

This Sunday I'll be at the Giant Shepton Flea Market, at the Bath & West Showground in Somerset.


This is a fantastic event, with loads and loads of stalls selling an eclectic mix of amazing vintage items.

I'll be bringing along all sorts of cool stuff as well, so run along and see for yourself!!! 


 

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

PROGRESS REPORT

Welcome to my increasingly sparse blogs of late!!!

This is just a quick update on all things ArtPix.


The precarious world of the vintage trader carries on ... this year has been another odd year to say the least.

The weather has been a massive factor this year with vintage markets and boot fairs. Has been either too wet, too cloudy, too windy, too sunny, or too hot. Only rarely has it been just right for an outdoor market.

The classic situation was a Shepton Flea Market earlier this year, as always you check the forecast and just hope for dry weather, then on the day it was scorching hot. Which meant most potential punters wanted to be somewhere else, so didn't turn up, and those that came were too hot and just wanted to go home!!!

Online sales were a promising sideline for me this year, but since the various crisis recently sales have completely plummeted, so back to scrapping for a living at the boot fairs.

But there have been a few plus points, my unit at The Customs House in West Bay has been absolutely flying.

 

And I've again had floods of ideas for various projects and artworks. Have also worked on loads of renovation projects, ever so slowly improving my skills and getting better results. 

 


I still have five or six bits of amazing furniture to restore, so that'll keep me busy!

I'm currently working on three different collage artworks at the moment as well, and making various things from driftwood and recycled wood.

 


I always try and stay positive even though everything is always against making a living out of vintage and art, especially at the moment.



Wednesday, 6 October 2021

CORPORATE GREED

Hey Shell petrol company, thanks for your example of shameless profiteering today. Putting up your diesel prices by 4p in a day at your Portland branch.

Ever thought that it's hard working people, on rubbish wages, trying to get to work, that need to fill up.
 
You make me sick.
 
Can't wait for us all to have electric cars and you can disappear.
 

 

Monday, 4 October 2021

YPRES PIN BADGE

I recently bought this tiny pin badge depicting the crest of the famous, (or infamous), Belgian town of Ypres.


This small town, not far from the French border, is forever linked with the First World War. It found itself caught in a salient, that meant it was shelled from virtually all sides throughout the whole war.

The town became a place of huge significance to both sides, and after the war and ever since, a symbolic place of remembrance.


A little online research revealed a few people calling it a 'Sweetheart Brooch', meaning it was bought during the war, and sent home for a loved one to wear.

I personally think it was made post-war, in the early 1920s, and sold in the town as a souvenir during the mass Pilgrimage Tours that were happening at the time. 

Someone probably bought it as a memento of their visit to the town, and the battlefields, trying to find where their lost son/husband/partner would have fought and died.

Although only a small badge, its a very poignant piece of history, and tinged with a little sadness, thinking of who bought it, and what they were going through.

 

Friday, 1 October 2021

EXETER FLEA MARKET

Tomorrow I'll be at the Exeter Flea Market at the Exeter Livestock Centre.


Haven't done this fair for ages, pre-virus days obviously, but its back up-and-running, which is great!

Got loads of vintage goodies as always, and a selection of fantastic retro Exeter City football programmes, so come along for a rummage!!

 


 

Set your alarm clocks though, kick-off is at 7-30am, and it goes on until 2pm.


See you there!!

Thursday, 30 September 2021

PETROLHEAD

Hey Boris, I know you live in a fantasy world, but if you could just have a tiny peep into the real world for a change, you may notice that the fuel crisis ISN'T getting any better.


We are now close to not having any fuel in the van, which means we CAN'T WORK.


SORT IT OUT NOW.




Tuesday, 28 September 2021

BARMY ARMY

Crisis, what crisis??

Don't worry, our glorious leader will save the day, and the army are on stand-by.


* This is an ArtPix interpretation and not taken from real-life events (I think).