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I hadn't been to a boot fair for about 20 years before venturing out last bank holiday Monday for a shufty at what was on offer at a boot fair in the village of Sissinghurst, so it felt like the first time for me. I'd only been a couple of times before with my mum many years ago and didn't really enjoy the experience; this was before I'd been possessed by the charity shop habit or been struck down with the vintage love bug.
There were so many stall holders selling pretty vintage items but most of the prices were a bit more than I would pay at a charity shop and one or two had tags with just plain silly prices on them. As a boot fair virgin I wasn't ready to haggle with stall holders and just kept my eye out for some genuine bargains.
So, what did I buy?! First up, I bought a good as new 21 piece dinner service made by Figgjo, a Norwegian company who've been making china since the early 1940's. The dinner service was wrapped up in a cardboard box, with only a little bit of one plate showing; I was attracted by the duck egg blue rim and when I was told it was £5 for the whole box, I jumped in quick. Back at home, I unwrapped each plate (6 dessert plates, 6 side plates, 6 dinner plates, 1 platter and 2 tureens) and couldn't believe my luck. They look unused and in mint condition; BARGAIN!
Next up, 6 little dessert bowls nestling in a serving bowl set me back a whole £2! I love these bowls so much, with their pretty pink roses and gilt edge; they are marked on the bottom with 'England 114' and may not have the same pedigree as Meakin but are equally lovely. I also picked up a Midwinter bonbon dish for £2 from the same stall.
The important factor for me when I am charity shop browsing is to feel that I have got a bargain and not to get carried away and spend more than something is really worth simply because it's pretty, vintage and calling my name; oh you know that Vintage Siren's call, don't you?! 'Oh look at me, I'm Meakin you know, look at my sexy curves and my cute roses, buy me, come on, you know you really need me!' Thankfully, the 2.5 meters of vintage pink fabric with pretty roses on was only £1, so I was a happy bunny.
I could have spent a fortune on things that caught my eye, but my total spend was only £13. The last thing I bought was this Nutbrown Pastry Blender for £3; this is the kind of thing I love, although I hadn't realised before that Nutbrown utensils are highly collectable in the vintage world. I have a Nutbrown pastry wheel that my current husband bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago, so now she has a sister to make lush pies with.
All in all, I think I did a super job at my first boot fair and I think I'll be trying out some more this summer. We turned up at 7.30 in the morning and the place was already heaving with sellers and buyers, so next time I shall try to make it a little earlier.
Do you have any boot fair buying tips for me and advice on how to haggle without causing offense?
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