Michele Antiques

Newark – Marquee heaven


I love attending this fair as I share a large marquee with such lovely people.  Liz and Jack van Hasselt with their vintage and decorative items, Alan with his fabulous French textiles, and Maud from Beyond France with her Hungarian linens, together with us make for a really good mixture.  We have named our area the Textile tent, and hopefully customers love our mix of the pretty and useful.


It has been a long, hot summer here and I have been out and about buying.  Lots of fabrics and quilts, and some really pretty items that I am finding it hard to part with.  But under the ‘one in, one out’ rule, not much is being kept!   It has been quite hard work at some events, in the intense heat, but always enjoyable.  We have seen lots of brocante, a plentiful supply of childrens’ clothes, regularly find a massive stall of plastic containers that appears never to sell anything, and some rusty garden tools the like of which I would send to the dechetterie (tip).  I sometimes wonder why we get up when it is still technically the middle of the night to make sure we arrive early, but the hunt is part of the pleasure.  When the perfect item is found, squeals of delight have to be contained, and the price enquired about calmly.  We have to truffle through a lot of unwanted stuff before we find just the right thing, but hey it’s not like we are doing anything too hard.  So, I hope everyone else is having a lovely summer and if you do come to Newark next week, please come and say Hi.