Tuesday, 31 January 2023

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!

Well that's January done at last!!!

To be honest, it was a very slow start to the year.

Bad weather, not being able to get out, people not spending money, and worst of all ... no vintage markets!!!


At least that was remedied, with my first market of the year, at the Giant Shepton Flea on the 22nd.

Brilliant to be back out there and selling, I was missing getting up at 4am and standing around all day!!!

Had a brilliant days trading, and it really boosted my flagging confidence.



I've also been lucky recently with new stock, finding some amazing stuff, which makes me think things really are springing back to life now. 


 

As the weather has finally been drier recently, I've managed to get out into my yard and start again on some renovation projects. My house is literally full of stuff waiting to be sorted out!

Us vintage traders are the best recyclers in the world, as we can spot things left abandoned by a roadside, rescue them, and then give them a new lease of life.

The last thing I found was a 1950s Lloyd Loom seat, which had been left out in the rain.

I'm currently repairing it and re-covering the seat, and will be out at the markets soon seeking a new home!


Talking of markets, my next one will be the brilliant Langport Vintage Market on 11th February! 

Do come along if you are in the Somerset/South West area, and fancy seeing some amazing vintage stuff!


See you there!



Thursday, 19 January 2023

FIRST MARKET OF 2023!!

Finally I'll be back out on the road for a market this Sunday, at the GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET!


I love this event, as its huge and full of amazing stuff.

I also love the challenge of finding unusual and interesting vintage items to bring along.

Has been a long old January so far, but I've been busy getting ready for this event.

 

So come along if you can and getting spending!!!

Friday, 30 December 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR??

That's another year over!!!


As this country has lurched from farce to farce this year, with the rich getting ever more richer, it's been another 'interesting' year for small traders!!!


My plans for expansion are STILL on hold...

Can't invest in a bigger van, storage is too expensive, a bigger unit would be risky, and absolutely forget the dream of opening a shop.

So I'm still trading at vintage fairs, which have actually been brilliant this year.

Have my regulars at Bridport and Langport, plus Shepton Flea, but owing to the criminal fuel prices, have been reluctant to try new fairs further afield.

I'm still selling online, via Facebook Marketplace, where sales can fluctuate wildly.

Can get a flurry of sales, then nothing for ages, with of course the regular idiots and timewasters to deal with. Is this still available???!!!


One thing I have changed though, is doing stuff on social media.

Lets be honest, its mostly a complete waste of time.

I now don't really post on Facebook at all, and my poor little Blog has been abandoned as well!

I have started on Instagram though, and just keep it simple, posting regular pictures on there, with minimum text.

But apart from a few responses, its still not really worth it.

I'll keep this Blog going though, as this was my first foray into dabbling online some 12 years ago.


Have at least enjoyed restoring many pieces of vintage furniture this year.

Has really taken me away from the computer and designing and creating collages.

Again, as there is zero response to my artworks and designs, I feel its more worthwhile restoring furniture. At least I can sell it.


First market of the new year will be the Giant Shepton Flea on January 22nd, so find me there and support small traders!!!


Laters.

Thursday, 15 December 2022

1970s BILTONS DORSET PLATE

Now that I live in Dorset, getting this curious little plate meant a bit more.

 


Made by classic 70s ceramic company Biltons, it features a brilliant illustration of landmarks around the county. Most of which are now familiar to me.



Such as the crazy Cerne Abbas giant, the swans at Abbotsbury, Gold Hill at Shaftesbury and the Tank Museum near Wareham.





 

Saturday, 26 November 2022

LOVELY NEW STOCK!!

Sorry that posts have been few and far between these past few months.

I'm still on a bit of a break from social media!!


But as ever I've been buying up some amazing stock.

Here are just a few examples...

 

A 1950s abstract painting of the Rhône Valley in France.



Very late Utility CC41 wicker chair, that was made in 1952, the year the Utility scheme was scrapped.



Gloriously kitsch French 1950s iron plant stand and rack, that has ceramic tiles designed by the iconic pottery company Vallauris, who are still based on the French Riviera.



Very stylish and simple early 1950s Scandinavian side table with drawers.

I just love this!!


 

Photo portrait of an Edwardian gentlemen in unusual oval-shaped frame.



Handmade 1930s dolls house.



A very rare programme from the opening of the Blackwall Tunnel in London on 22nd May 1897.


Have absolutely loads more, but you can find some of these items at my next markets...

LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET on 10th December

GIANT SHEPTON FLEA on 11th December


Hope you can come along!!

Friday, 30 September 2022

FOUND PHOTO

I do love a 'found photo'!

By that I mean, when you're scrabbling through all sorts of bits and pieces at vintage fairs and boot fairs, suddenly a gorgeous or unusual old photograph pops up.


I'm always drawn to old photos, as not only do I love them, but I usually actually do something with them.

I scan them and add them to my of vintage-inspired digital collages.


One such photograph I found recently was this amazing and intriguing portrait of a woman.


 

From the hairstyle and clothes it looks to be Edwardian, but could possibly be older, edging back into the 1890s.

She looks like she had bags of personality, and a little artistic, or possibly she was an actress.

You always wonder what happened to these people, and what fate had in store for them.

The only clue on the photo, is that the photographer's name was (I think), O. David, who had studios in Glasgow & Edinburgh.

We shall never know who she was, but at least her picture has been saved.

Monday, 12 September 2022

TINY ARTPIX UPDATE!!

Epic fail on keeping my Blogs going recently, but to be honest I've been having a little break from social media etc.

As I've been busy over the Summer doing markets, restoring and upcycling furniture, and on the ceaseless quest to find new stock, I haven't really had the appetite to sit down and do it, apart from daily Instagram posts.

Now it isn't so hot, I've got back on my computer though, and have started on a few new Retro Football collages.


 

After those I'll try and work on a few vintage digital collages, and may even resurrect my digital magazine ARTPIX.


 

On a more radical note, I'm tentatively thinking of having a complete revamp of the whole ArtPix empire!!!!

By that I mean renaming it, and building up a proper online shop, and having a company name that actually makes sense!!!!

When I started in 2010, I was only selling my own digital collage designs and photographs, so the name ArtPix fitted nicely.

Nowadays I almost exclusively sell vintage and antique items at fairs, so people often look baffled as to why I'm called Matt ArtPix!!!

Changing it would make, for want of a better word, the 'brand' (yuk, what a terrible word), more understandable and appropriate.

Watch this space!!!


Until then though, I'll be doing my monthly markets at the brilliant Bridport and Langport, so find me there and keep on checking Facebook Marketplace for a variety vintage items for sale!