...and although mugs are the order of every, ordinary day, I love an excuse to get out a teaset and do a proper high tea. So when I saw a new stall opposite me at The Maltings on Saturday, laden with china, I was thrilled. I had a quick peek early in the day, but always try to curb any desire to spend at that point.
But when I spotted this jug on the stall a little later...
...I had to take a closer look. It wasn't alone - it had friends! Namely, a sugar bowl, two sandwich plates, five side plates and five cups and saucers.
It is Phoenix Ware by Thomas Forester and Sons. As it was cheap, I treated myself!
Saturday's Maltings Market was a little quieter than usual, but this may have been because people were saving themselves for Sunday's 'Vintage'. I was able to set up on Saturday evening, allowing myself a later than usual start on Sunday.
My stall was between those of 'acorn and will' and 'clothkits'. It was hard being next to temptation all day, especially as I had been eyeing the lovely brooches Daniella has for sale online for some months. Decisions, decisions - so many designs and such pretty colours. In the end I plumped for this one...
Sadly, my photo does not do its apple-green, sage-y loveliness justice - you'll just have to hop over to her website instead!
And on the clothkits stall were some lovely bits of haberdashery - beautiful buttons and Liberty binding. It would have been rude not to buy a little something...
Eight metres of Edenham binding on a lovely wooden spool, which looks perfect with my little collection of bits and pieces on the mini-drawers in my workroom.
Sunday was a lovely, buzzy day - lots of people in fabulous vintage costumes and a great atmosphere. It was great to meet new people (both stall holders and buyers) and chat. There is going to be another 'Vintage' later in the year, so I hope I'll be invited again!