'D is for Dresser' - a super little dresser which, I am reliably informed, was made by a grandfather in the 1950s for his grand-daughter. I forgot to measure it, but I don't think I'd be misleading you if I said it is roughly 18-20 inches wide and stands about 3 feet high. It's gorgeously chippy green and comes in 2 sections. Photos 1, 2 and 3 are the nearest to the shade. The drawers and doors open and there are cup hooks on the fronts of the shelves, together with beading to ensure that plates and saucers standing up against the back don't slip forward on the shelves. I love it and can't believe I nearly walked away from it. Niki, Helen and I saw it on Friday in Wells, and I ummed and ah-ed for about 10 minutes. It wasn't cheap, but I knew it would sell at Dairy House or at Shepton so made my decision. I was so pleased when I got to Dairy House with it yesterday and was told to put a higher price on it than I had thought. I won't worry if it doesn't sell immediately. Just look at how well the little teaset displays on it. I've had the teaset for a while and this is the best it's looked! The green leaves tone beautifully with the green of the dresser. So I'm happy. I shall probably add this to the website after the next Shepton (21-23 March) if it hasn't sold by then.
'D is for Dairy House'. I went over there yesterday as Semley Auctioneers (a couple of hundred yards away) were holding their monthly Auction and I knew the place would be buzzing with dealers and customers. I chose not to bid for anything at the auction - need to hang on to as much money as possible over the next few weeks in view of the imminent 'take over'! We had quite a busy day - lots of small items sold, and I was pleased to see that one of my eiderdowns, along with a Marsella bedspread, had sold the day before.
Finally 'D is for Dealers'. I met a prospective new dealer at DH yesterday and she has confirmed she wants the space. I also met another dealer at the auction who had expressed an interest in renting a cabinet. These dealers have been 'signed up' and I have now let all the floor space. I have one cabinet left available to rent, although I may acquire a couple more before the beginning of April, and I need to contact the picture dealer who is thinking of renting the staircase walls. And that's it. All sorted. The Streamline card machine is being set up next week (a month early, but that's fine - I should know what I'm doing by 1 April!), and a locksmith is coming to fit a new lock on a door which has had no key for about 6 years! Soon it will be a case of 'D' for 'Decorating', but not just yet!
Finally, one of the current dealers has just put this fabulous 50s/60s kitchen unit into DH. It's in superb used condition and looks exactly as it should - no new painting, touching up or titivating. I wish I could justify putting it in our kitchen but I don't think I can at the moment!
Have a jolly Sunday afternoon. I'm being taken out for lunch in about half an hour, so I'd better get a move on!