Sunday, 12 April 2009

More Bootsale Treasure

Most Sundays when the weather is fine, I wake up at the crack of dawn and pootle off to the local car bootsale at Brighton station. Today was no exception, but with one difference, it was to be the very last bootsale to be held there, as the market will be moving to Brighton Marina from next Sunday.
Most traders seemed quite pessimistic about the new venue, but only time will tell, I am sure it will evolve its own character, and I will see for myself next weekend, it will be a bit harder to get to, but I am hoping it will still attract the same traders.

I always find plenty of treasures at the bootsale, and today was a brilliant morning for buying textiles. I bought plenty of vintage and antique French roses and floral fabric, some large pieces of ticking including a huge linen piece, herringbone weave in the prettiest pale grey and ivory, a few silk damasks, a tiny but amazing piece of silk cut velvet, very narrow loom width with both selvedges intact in the most amazing deep pink.
However, the stars of the show have to be these wonderful antique glass button sample cards (bought in France, but I think the are Czech, so beautiful, I had to take lots of photos), the Victorian fabric covered box and a third edition two volume set of books, The History of Everyday Things in England! Gorgeous illustrations, and just my sort of thing, an Easter present to myself.

Time to prepare the Easter feast now, I will have to leave all the treasure in my stockroom and get to work in the kitchen! I will sneak back from time to time and go through the piles again... By the way, if anyone knows anything about the button samples, please contact me, I would love to find out a bit about them.


  1. Wow. You have lovely boot sales in your area. What a lovely assortment of things. By the way, how did you manage to load all those photographs on one posting?

  2. Happy Easter Lizzie, yes, our bootsale WAS fab, it may not be the same when it moves though, it had a reputation for being one of the best in the country for textiles, and drew sellers from all around the country and dealers from France when the weather was good!
    I managed to load the photos separatley, one at a time, and then published the post once all were loaded!
    Will you be at Ardingly next week? It will be lovely to see you! xx

  3. Wow indeed Lois!!! I NEVER find such lovelies at my bootsales!

  4. They all came from 1 seller, luckily, she intends to still come to the new bootsale, and always saves up the best bits for me! xx

  5. I love stopping by to view your lovely treasures. The things you buy are the exact same things that I am also drawn to seek at sales.

  6. How lovely to hear from you, I have just been admiring your beautiful hexagon patchwork panel on your blog! Wonderful colours and floral motifs. We do have similar tastes! xx