Thursday, 17 March 2016
Country Living Magazine Spring Fair 2016
Recently I was lucky enough to be given a couple of tickets for the Country Living Magazine Spring fair and as it is just one hour away from where I live I had no excuse not to go. It seemed bigger than I remember (last went in 2009) and there was much to see and do. What was new to me was the Newcomers Market - cash only stalls that are just starting out on their journey's in business. It was a shame but by the time I had reached them I had already blown my budget on another stall!
Also new to me were the workshops where you could could take a class in needle felting, stamp making and printing or make a Chocolate Easter Bunny among other things. I decided to do the needle felting workshop but a 40 minute lesson under pressure to produce a needle felted bird that also resembled a needle felted bird would take me a whole afternoon at least!
Although I liked many of the stalls I didn't really see anything that was original to me. The jewellery was predominately silver or gemstones, the clothing - high end linen or folksy- natural- fibre - earth -mother (I like that look!) Other stalls included pretty liberty print type fabrics, vintage wares, natural and organic cosmetics, pottery, artisan food and chocolates and beautiful handbags and footwear. Unfortunately a lot of the goods were way above my budget but there were more affordable offerings too.
One thing struck me as I walked around the floors and that was how many women fair goers were dressed the same. All smartly dressed - Boden, Saltwater, Joules etc. and carrying Cath Kidston or Orly Kiely bags and virtually everyone had a fine scarf knotted at the neck. I so wanted to fit this template but with my stretchy trousers and padded purple jacket I was far off the mark. I did however, have the ubiquitous fine scarf strategically knotted at the decollete which does much to mask my half a century old neck!
I have another day left to spend at the fair and will probably spend some time exploring the streets around the borough of Islington too.