Fairs, restoration and vintage jewellery

Flowers are blooming… here’s a beautiful bush from the neighbourhood

spring flowers

Spring is coming!

A catch up post with a bit of all….

The ABBS market I attended recently wasn’t bad – all in all it was an interesting experience and helped me getting a feeling for what items may sell and in what price range. Sadly, I managed to delete the photos I took at the event, thinking I had already downloaded them… doh! So I will offer some flower pictures instead, which are always nice to see.

The restoration of the ceiling rose is in progress: it takes ages to clean it up properly. Here’s a shot of a recent state – you may not see much progress, but I assure you there is. You may notice that in some areas the stucco details are much clearer – those come out after hours of careful brush work. Here are some pictures of the WIP (the work has now proceeded further, but I haven’t taken a photo yet):

After most of the extra material had been removed

Material has been removed from the outer circle

The stucco details in the left quadrant are starting to come out after careful brush removal work

I also booked tickets for The Ideal Home Show currently held from 24 Mar to 9 Apr 2017 at the Kensington Olympia Grand in London. Yesterday when I passed by on my way to work (the venue is just next to my office train station) it was pretty crowded already! As we’ll visit at a weekend, it’ll be necessary to get there early to avoid exhausting queues. If anyone is interested, you can get a reduced price (from £15pp to £10.50pp booking for two, using code OLYMPIA).

I have been continuing my quest to acquire more vintage jewellery boxes. I already have quite a few, but I love these old boxes, so more are on their way. They will be used for some of the vintage costume jewellery that is to be sold on my Etsy shop VforVintageLondon and at the upcoming fairs. Speaking of which, the actual listing of such jewellery on Etsy is high up on my to-do list! I seem to never get around to it, although I have many photos already and “just” need to write the listing… I hope to do some this weekend, because they’re really beautiful! Just a few pictures to show you some… (if you’re interested, please get in touch, we ship worldwide).

Recently I was shipping one of the Etsy orders (an elegant vintage red leather purse) and came up with the idea of decorating a beautiful blue box with some delicate flowery vintage paper, in a blue-white-red theme. What do you think?

Finally, I booked at another fair: the Pop Up Vintage Fair is a regular vintage fair taking place in the beautiful old St Stephen’s Church in London. As well as plenty of vintage shopping, you will find “retro” live music and a vintage tea room with yummy cakes. If you would like to attend, I have some free tickets 🙂

Details: Sunday 9th April, 11:00-16:00, at St Stephen’s Church, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 2PP. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!

8 thoughts on “Fairs, restoration and vintage jewellery

  1. A vintage fair sounds like so much fun!! Some of the pins look familiar. My grandmother always had a beautiful costume jewelry pin on her coat:)
    Have fun at the home show:)

    • itwasjudith says:

      Oh, I love them too! Sadly, I don’t wear suitable outfits usually, so I have to pass on some of the many I own 😉
      I look forward to the fairs, though the Ideal Home will be way too crowded I think!

  2. Awesome, I love the jewelry pieces. So Grand and Special.
    And well done on the ceiling rose, I can just see the amount of work that needed. It is really looking good.
    The Vintage Fair sounds amazing. Just looking at that table with all the pretty cups and saucers makes me want to go shopping for one or two more. 🙂

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you for visiting and your kind comment!
      The Vintage Fair is nice – I’ve been there a quite a few times before as a customer… avery dangerous place in terms of shopping, indeed 😉 I don’t think I’ve ever managed to leave without acquiring something…
      I see you share the love for tea cups, too. I have lost count of how many I have and have just listed some in the Etsy store (sadly space here is too limited to keep them all).
      Have a lovely day!!

      • I love tea cups, and always seem to be getting “just one more” 🙂 I think it all started when I got my grandmothers set that she got just after WWII. I still have them and love them as much as the day I got them.
        Enjoy the week. 🙂

      • itwasjudith says:

        What a beautiful thing to have inherited your grandmother’s china, it’s beautiful and holds happy memories 🙂
        Have a lovely week too!

  3. Sartenada says:

    How lovely items there were. It was a great joy to see them. Thank You showing them.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thanks for your comment and you’re welcome! Glad you liked them 🙂
      In fact there is another fair coming up and I should prepare my vintage jewellery again..

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