Where has that time gone? One whole month of my online shop and I've had lots of visitors and numerous sales, so thank you all for your part in that. I had hoped to list a lot more items during August, but what with one thing and another I'm sure I only had 3 weeks in the month. However ... I managed to add a few watercolours this morning and began drafting some write-ups for other items which I hope to add during the week.
I did the Giant Flea Market at Shepton last weekend, didn't do the usual raindance and found that in fact I sold even more than ever despite the good weather! There were hundreds of outside pitches so I wasn't too hopeful of people coming inside with any money left in their pockets, but I was delighted with my takings at the end of the day - to the extent that I bought 2 huge bags of vintage French fabric oddments (sorry, camera battery on charge at the moment, but I'll post some photos eventually!), and then struggled to squash them and everything else in the car to go home. What I hadn't thought of when I loaded the car on the Saturday before the fair was that Niki was going to bring me a box of threads I'd left with her the week before, and a friend was bringing a huge box of embroidery cotton cones which she'd been sorting through for me. Those and the 2 rubbish sacks of fabric almost meant having to leave something behind, but with a lot of pushing and shoving, emptying bags and squashing eiderdowns and curtains and blankets in anyhow, I finally managed to close all the doors - and then had to make a space behind the steering wheel for me!
P and I are off to London tomorrow to deliver a mannequin and hopefully bring back a couple of wasp-waisted ones. I'm hoping to get to Petticoat Lane or Brick Lane Market as well, but I'm not sure what time we'll have.
It was nice to see Niki and Maggie and Clare and Kelly. Niki brought me a little prezzie which was a lovely surprise. Remember Caroline Testout - well, Niki put something in my hand ... a Wills's Cigarette Card from the Roses series. And yes, it is "Caroline Testout (Hybrid Tea) Without doubt a good scented Hybrid Tea rose. Its well-formed globular flowers are produced freely and continuously throughout the season. In growth it is vigorous, and will thrive in almost any soil and situation. Prune to three 'eyes'. An excellent bedding rose. Introduced in 1890." She's popping up everywhere, isn't she. I wonder where we'll find her next! Which reminds me, she is in a current rose catalogue so I MUST order one! And in case I didn't tell you, I'm DEFINITELY going to keep the cloth now. It's just too interesting to let go.
Have a nice weekend, what's left of it. No doubt a lot of you are getting back into back to school mode. I'm so glad I don't have to add that to my agenda!!