Tuesday 31 March 2020


Well the month of March turned out well didn't it ....?

What started as a very optimistic time for all things ArtPix, has all melted away into nothingness.

One bright thing though, I'm getting lots of projects and upcycling done ...

Oh, and another thing ... 
While I applaud all the praise being heaped onto the NHS staff, I would like to point out that they were all great and doing a fantastic job a month ago, when no-one wanted to know about them.
Also six months ago, a year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago, indeed they were all doing a great job when I worked for the NHS 30 years ago ...

Sunday 29 March 2020


Check out this gem from the ArtPix Storeroom ...

I do love an unusual ceramic piece, and this one fits the bill.

Made by Amberglade Pottery in Derbyshire, this jug has such a unique decoration ... a set of vintage 1930s cigarette cards of different flowers.

Looks like a decoupage of the original cards have been stuck on the side!

When life finally kicks off again, this will have pride of place on my stall at my next vintage fair...

Friday 27 March 2020


Have been tackling a few projects and bits 'n' pieces this week, now we are all indoors!

Picked up this nice 30s wooden tray last year and thought it could do with brightening up a bit.
So did a good old Beano decoupage on it!!

All the usual suspects are on there of course, Dennis & Gnasher and Minnie the Minx ...

Has been all varnished, and the dark wood all restored, just needs a new home now.
Hopefully one day we'll be back out there selling and buying at vintage fairs.

Wednesday 25 March 2020


Today I'm shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of one of my musical heroes, BILL  RIEFLIN, at only 59.

For me he'll always be a massive part of the staggering Industrial scene of the late 80s and 90s, as the drummer of Ministry and many other Alternative bands.

But his career took him down many paths, including the fantastic Swans, and ending up in REM and King Crimson.

I always chuckled when I saw him, either live or on video, in amongst the chaos and noise of a Ministry gig, drumming away dressed in a pristine white shirt and tie!

I don't believe in any god, religion or afterlife, (how can you when you are an Alternative music fan!), but it would be cool to think Bill is already starting up a band with his old mate Paul Raven!!! 

Check him out here, sharing drumming duties with Martin Atkins on one of favourite ever tracks – Burning Inside by Ministry ... 

Tuesday 24 March 2020


Now that we are at home during these extraordinary events, what better time than to dig out a vintage jigsaw puzzle?!

I actually started this devilish difficult jigsaw last year, and after a lack of progress, put it on the back burner!

But of course now with events unfolding, we are all finding all sorts of things to do at home!!
So back out of the cupboard came this cheeky puzzle ... 

One big reason it was so difficult was because it didn't have a picture with it, just the elusive title, 'Woodland Scene with Sheep'.

It was just a jumble of greens, browns, and the odd bit of yellow!

But this week I finally finished it ...

It was a joy to do, chiefly as it was so hard, but also because it has so much charm.
The pieces are made from thick wood and have unusual shapes dotted around, including swords and axes.

And, as an extra bonus, it has written inside the box, the dates it was originally put together.
Brilliantly, the owner wrote down when they completed the jigsaw. 

The first being October 12th 1931.

They had another go a month later, on November 10th, and again on December 3rd!

Presumably they got another puzzle for Christmas that year, as they weren't tempted to do it again until July 1932!!
Every time the puzzle was finished, the person faithfully wrote down the date, right up until the final time on October 17th 1933.

It would be tempting to think this is the first time it has been done since then, nearly 87 years ago ...

PS. Annoyingly there was one bit missing(!), but I guess that isn't too bad for any vintage jigsaw ....

Sunday 22 March 2020


Nice to be able to add a market to my list of tour dates, instead of cancelling them!!!

Exeter Flea Market have rearranged their April event to 17th October.

Fingers crossed all will be well by then, so pencil the date into your diaries and come along!!!


Thursday 19 March 2020


Two more of my upcoming events have been cancelled ...

Bridport Vintage Market on 29th March

Spring Autojumble at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum on 16th/17th May.

There are still some events in July that are hanging on, so fingers crossed we can all get back out for the summer ...

Stay safe everyone.

Wednesday 18 March 2020


Just to let you know that Salisbury council have today cancelled the forthcoming Salisbury Sunday Market on 5th April.

I was to have a pitch there, but when all is back up and running, I'll be at their next event.

Stay safe everyone ...

Sunday 15 March 2020


Awful times we are in at the moment.

Stay safe everyone ....

I've got a few markets and events lined this year, but obviously with the situation as it is, no-one can predict how things will be.
At the moment, all are going ahead, so here is my confirmed list so far ...

29th March

5th April

12th April

16th-17th May

26th July

Of course, I'll update you on any news regarding these events.

As a vintage trader these are worrying times, as no events means no income. 
All I can do is carry on my with many projects, artworks and renovations, that I have on the go here at ArtPix Towers.

Thursday 12 March 2020


I'm very pleased to announce that on 5th April I'll be at the Salisbury Sunday Market!

This is a new event for me, and also a new city that I've never traded at before!

This exciting fair is held in the historic Market Place, right in the heart of this beautiful city.
I've got a 10ft x 10ft pitch, so plenty of space for me to have a variety of my vintage goodies, with some upcycled and renovated vintage furniture.

See you there!!

Friday 6 March 2020


I'm currently wading through an enormous pile of Bournemouth football programmes I recently bought!

They date from the early 70s through to the late 80s, and are a fascinating read.
Back in the 70s they were still clunkily known as Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic FC, but rebranded themselves as AFC Bournemouth, with a fantastic new club badge to go with it.

Striker Ted MacDougall was the hero of the hour back then, especially when he hit 9 goals in one FA Cup match against Margate.

The optimism and determination to succeed really comes across in these early programmes, but despite promotion to the Third Division in 1971, and a close shave with promotion to the Second Division, it never quite happened.

Excitement picked up again though in the early 80s when, bizarrely George Best briefly played for them, and Harry Redknapp became manager.

The collection I've got are in amazing season-by-season volumes, which would look great displayed on shelves.
There's also loads of extra loose programmes, and tonnes of Bournemouth aways.
They have personal touches as well, scores and team changes have been written in, (which personally I don't mind, but some avid collectors hate!!), and some even contain the original match tickets.

A fantastic collection for any Bournemouth fan!

When I'm done reading through them I'll be bunging them on sale, so keep an eye out!!!

Wednesday 4 March 2020


As I'll be at this year's amazing BEAULIEU SPRING AUTOJUMBLE, I've been sorting out some motor-related pieces from the ArtPix Storeroom.

And look what I have here ...
An unusual and unique garage!

It probably dates to the 1960s, and is all handmade and decorated with loads of vintage motor paraphernalia logos.
It has also been covered with brick, stone and tile effect papers that are usually found on doll's houses and other models of buildings.

It would make a great way to display a collection of toy cars, including the classic Matchbox and Corgi. 
Or even an interesting backdrop to recreating a garage or motor racing scene.

If this has fired your imagination, then tootle on down to the Retro Village marquee at the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble on 16th/17th May, and find it on display at my stall!! 


Monday 2 March 2020


I had an absolutely brilliant day at Lou Lou's Bristol Vintage Fair last Saturday!!
It was my first fair in the city, and I loved the place.
The venue, The Passenger Shed, was spectacular, and there were very cool people around, all prepared to spend lots of money on my stall!!!

There will be quite a lot of things happening outside of the ArtPix World this month, which means my next scheduled market isn't until the end of the month ...
I'll be back at the brilliant Bridport Vintage Market on Sunday 29th March, so pop in and find me there!

I'm going to be out and about this month checking out different markets that I'm hoping I can do. Starting back in Bristol next weekend.

Also, I've started gathering together a few vintage bits and pieces that I'll be selling online.
Some things are either too big, too delicate or too expensive(!) to sell at fairs, so it makes sense to keep them safely at home and see if someone wants to pick them up from ArtPix Towers.

Keep in touch for more news on all these fronts!!