Thursday, 17 October 2019

MID-CENTURY MAG RACK

I do love a bit of Mid-Century ...
And I especially like the 50s magazine racks ...

Usually they are metal, with the Atomic age rounded feet in plastic, but I'd never seen a wooden and brass one before ...



Its still clearly 1950s, and is a real gem, with its unusual design and because of the materials used. 


It has a sturdy, but elegant feel to it, and as with all these classics, has the rounded feet, but this time made of wood.



It would be perfect for any Mid-Century or retro fan, who has a funky living room, to use this to store your vintage 50s magazines.
It can actually be used to store a few records in as well.

So if you've been racking your brains wondering where to find one of these, then fear not, just run along to this Saturday's EXETER FLEA MARKET and find it on my stall!!!

See you there!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

EXETER FLEA MARKET

This Saturday I'll be at the Matford Centre in Exeter, for the excellent Exeter Flea Market!!
Haven't been there for a while, so will be great to be back at this brilliant market.

And I'm very pleased to say that it will be in INDOORS!!!!
No worrying all week about the weather, and will my stock get ruined or blown away in a gale!

I'm currently sifting through the ArtPix Stockroom to dig out some vintage gems to bring along.

I've already found these absolutely amazing 1960s animal place mats ...



Eight mats with four different groovy designs, they would look great on a kitchen table in a funky kitchen! 

So if you fancy these, then place your order at the EXETER FLEA MARKET this Saturday!!

See you there!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

JUST IN CASE ...

Thought I would show you another of my little rescue/upcycle projects ...



A lovely small 1930s travel case.

I found it looking forlorn and forgotten, so it needed a new lease of life!
I cleaned it up and repaired a few loose bits hanging off.


Usually I would scrub off all the rust on the latches and handles, but I thought it added to the charm of this little case, so I left it. 
It also matches the overall colour scheme!



Then to cover up the tatty lining inside, I used pages from an original newspaper from 1936, giving it an extra authentic touch.





These cases make great storage, and although this one is a little 'un, it could still be used to store a collection of vintage items, like magazines or postcards.


So just in case you fancy this, pop along to this Saturday's LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET and find it on my stall!!


See you there!


Monday, 7 October 2019

LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET

This Saturday I'll be at the lovely Langport Vintage Market in super Somerset!!



This will be my first visit to this splendid market, so I'm really looking forward to it.

I've started picking out bits and pieces to bring along, including these two gorgeous vintage stools that I rescued and upcycled ...



Both are from the 1950s and would look great in a groovy kitchen or even a cool café.


When I found it, this stool had the indignity of having a hideous pink and frilly cover on it!!


But underneath I could see the amazing original yellow vinyl cover, and knew it was worth rescuing!



 
And this gem was also looking a little forlorn and passed its best, until I painted it red and restored the funky 50s seat cover!




So if you fancy any of these, leg it to Langport and find me in the Undercroft at the Town Hall!!!

See you there!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

ARTPIX UPDATE!

Here we are in October already!!

The weather stopped me doing a few markets over the last couple of months, so I'm very pleased that I've started booking up some indoor and undercover ones for the Autumn and Winter!!

First up will be a brand new one for me – LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET in deepest Somerset on 12th October.
This is a great market and I'm really looking forward to this.
I'll be in an area of the Town Hall called the Undercroft, which means, hooray, no rain to worry about!



I've been working on a few upcycling and furniture restoring projects recently, and have just finished an unusual Art Deco light. Once I've taken some photos, I'll show you!


Last Saturday I went up to London to see Chelsea play, a rare occasion for me these days.
What was even scarcer was that it was a Premier League match at 3pm on a Saturday!!
With TV moving matches around these are very rare indeed. 
Made a nice change as I usually see only cup games, especially when I worked in London, I would pop along straight from work in midweek.



Made my usual stop at the Gate 17 publishers stall outside Fulham Broadway Station...
These lads are 'Proper Chels' and bring out loads of quality books, and the iconic Chelsea fanzine CFCUK.
Was very pleased to get a copy of Carefree! – Chelsea Chants & Terrace Culture signed by co-author Mark Worrall.




Carrying on the football theme, I'm also doing another of my Retro Football collages.
This time it's LEEDS UNITED.


Although always controversial, no-one can deny they are an integral part of the classic football era of the 60s and 70s.
I've had loads of requests to do a collage of them, and it's been great getting together all the bits and pieces ready for scanning and photographing.
I'll let you know when it's finished!!



Spirits have been low after a not-particularly-successful Summer, so fingers crossed for a brilliant last few months of the year.

You can keep in touch with all my markets on my website, and I'll keep you posted here as well.

Monday, 23 September 2019

BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET

After a great time in Wells for the Vintage Somerset Fair last Saturday, my next venture will be back in Dorset for the brilliant Bridport Vintage Market!

Fingers will be very crossed all week hoping the weather will improve!!!
Got a lovely mixture of vintage and retro items, alongside some salvage bits and upcycled furniture.

So run along to Bridport this Sunday and check it all out!




Thursday, 19 September 2019

WONDERING ABOUT WELLS?

Take a look at this fantastic old map for the city of Wells ...



From an Ordnance Survey map of 1911, you can clearly see the Bishop's Palace, with the blue outline, and the wonderful cathedral.

And handily you can also make out the Town Hall, which is where this Saturday's VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR will be held, and you'll be able to pick up this little gem on my stall!!


See you there!