Sunday, 24 October 2021

ARTPIX UPDATE

Had a good stock-finding day in-and-around Swanage the other day.

Trying to refill the ArtPix Stockroom after the big sales at last week's Shepton Flea!


Have also been rescuing and restoring a couple of amazing pieces of vintage furniture.

It always amazes me when people just chuck away perfectly good and usable items. Especially historical ones!


This week I'm off to Devon to see some of the ArtPix clan for a few days.

This part of the world is also rich-pickings for unusual and interesting vintage stuff, so I'll probably come back with a van load as always!!


Still trying to work out how to fit this amazing old wrecked boat at Saunton Sands into the back of my rather small van!!!

 


 

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

MID-CENTURY MADNESS!

Had an absolutely fantastic time at the Giant Shepton Flea the other day!


For once everything aligned and worked out well, and the weather was amazing all day.

Dry and a bit cloudy – perfect outdoor vintage market weather!!


Sales were great, and as usual at Shepton, quirky items were the order of the day, and also Mid-Century.

Experience has taught me to always bring loads of Mid-Century furniture to this fair!!

And I shifted lots of great 60s and 70s tables.

Which is great, as I'd originally carefully picked out these things, and also spent time renovating and generally bringing them back to life.

I know these traders will go on and sell them for four times the price, but at least I've helped them along the way to a better life!!!


The next step after a fair like this is to restock ...

Fortunately I've already found some great stuff this week, and also have more Mid-Century in reserve in the ArtPix Storeroom!

But I'm always looking for more!!

 


My next market will be the Bridport Vintage Market on 31st October.

See you there!!

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).

SCI-FI DRIFTWOOD

One of the many bits and pieces I've been doing recently is this bit of driftwood art.



The best things about using driftwood is that not only are you recycling, but you are cleaning up the beach by taking it home!


I've added some vintage 50s Sci-Fi images, to create a new genre of 'Sci-Fi Driftwood'!!!





You never know, it could catch on.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

MINISTRY

While keeping up with my ArtPix records on my Mac today, I thought I would bung on some music while I work. YouTube had a whole load of MINISTRY from their 1996 Sphinctour days, which seemed a good choice.



I remembered a crazy gig at Brixton Academy on this tour, then realised I've listening to MINISTRY for over 30 years now. Gulp. Which also explains why I have tinnitus in my ears.

Thursday, 9 September 2021

WW2 BABIES GAS MASK

Got this very poignant and historical item for sale at the moment.

An original Second World War gas mask for babies.












Issued in 1939 to all families with babies, as a precursor to the presumed threat of gas attacks on the civilian population, this remains in startlingly good condition.

Fortunately they were never needed, although the fear that they might, never really went away.


A unique chance to own a very definitive part of history.

On Facebook Marketplace HERE

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

VINTAGE MARKET TOUR DATES!

Finally I seem to have a run of vintage markets booked.

After such an awful year, which for me has been stop-start the whole time, I suddenly have a flurry of dates!!

So here goes, get these in your diaries!


BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET

26th September


EXETER FLEA MARKET

2nd October

 

GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET

17th October

 

BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET

31st October

 

LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET

13th November

 

GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET

28th November

 

Hopefully see you at one of these!!!

Friday, 27 August 2021

ARNOS VALE

Had a brief ArtPix outing to Bristol the other day, checking out various things, one of which was the incredible Victorian cemetery at Arnos Vale.


The site is full of overgrown and atmospheric Gothic graves or all shapes, sizes and designs, very similar to Highgate Cemetery. It also serves as an important natural environment for an array of insects, birds, and rather aptly, a colony of bats!

 

Being a potentially spooky place, there is also an air of mystery in the name. Sometimes there's an apostrophe on Arnos, sometimes there isn't. Like a ghost it appears then disappears!!

Monday, 23 August 2021

VINTAGE WOODEN BULB TRAY

Got a lovely old bulb tray for sale.





 

These make brilliant displays for vintage traders at markets or in a shop, but can also be used in a greenhouse to hold loads of plants in pots.


You can decide how to use it!!

 

It has been labelled down one side with the name Associated British Bulbs, which is a company based at Spalding in Lincolnshire, who began life in 1963.

 

Go and have a peep HERE on Facebook Marketplace!

Thursday, 19 August 2021

PIC OF THE DAY

Once again I've failed miserably to keep on with blogs and posts, what is it with this year??!!


Anyway, here is my random pic of the day!

 


 

A dramatic sky captured at the base of Corfe Castle in Dorset.

The steep hill in the foreground is actually the incredible motte, of the original motte and bailey castle.

In the middle of the two hills run vintage railway trains, tootling along the restored line between Swanage and Norton.

Thursday, 5 August 2021

MID-CENTURY HALF-MOON HALL TABLE

 Got a very stylish Mid-Century table for sale!

 

With its half-moon shape, it was made to fit in a hallway. You would have put your telephone on it, and plonked your keys and letters on it.




It also has a handy extra shelf underneath, where you would've stored the telephone directory (remember those?!), and also ending up chucking the junk mail in.


Or you could just put a plant on it!


Its on sale on Facebook Marketplace, so have a look HERE, and feel free to buy it!!!

Thursday, 29 July 2021

LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET

I'm off to Somerset this Saturday for the Langport Vintage Market!!!


Or should I say, 'Smiling Somerset' ... according to this vintage guidebook!!

 



I haven't done this brilliant market since that pesky virus kicked in, so it'll be amazing to be back there.

Run along to Langport this Saturday and check it out.

I'll be tucked away in the Undercroft, the lovely arched building across the road!

See you there!

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

1920s CORNWALL PHOTO ALBUM

One of the many things I'm selling on Facebook Marketplace is this gorgeous photo album.


With its gorgeous Art Deco 'Sunny Memories' cover, it has over 100 photos of snaps taken on a holiday in Cornwall in the 1920s.


The photos are absolutely packed with an atmospheric charm, with what looks like a largely empty and untouched Cornwall all to themselves.








Each individual page can be separated to reveal how the photos were originally placed and stuck down in the album, which I love!

 

You can also see that some of the photos are actually postcards that have been cut up to fit the different shapes on the pages.

 

Of course every photo album is individual, but this one has a special feel about it.

 

Please check it out on Facebook HERE if you fancy owning it.