Both sunshine and shoppers were out in full force at the Lincolnshire Antique & Home Show on the 3rd & 4th June and more than just the sun made the 4000 local and international visitors smile. There was a noticeable amount of new stand holders showcasing retro furniture, upcycled homewares, rare antiques and culinary delights.
Affordable Mid Century Modern Design
Fandango Interiors presented an extremely inviting display featuring a superb 1950s sofa by Theo Ruth, a designer for the historic Dutch furniture company, Artifort Holland. The design floats the arms and back of the sofa from the seat giving an elegant constructionist style to a conventional three seater. It makes for the perfect re-upholstery project as the original fabric is slightly discoloured with some watermarks, so the lucky buyer can tailor the new fabric to suit their own
taste whilst owning a beautiful and rare mid century piece. Similar sofas retail for as much as £4,500, so the £1,400 price tag is rather inviting.
Upcycled French Country Style
First time exhibiter long time artist, Jane Hope, is an American who married a Brit and has spent the last eight years turning a hobby into a new career. Hope is a talented painter who runs workshops for Blackbrook Interiors. She uses materials found on sites, in old pubs and ‘bits n bobs’ that come into the showroom, to form the bones of her French Country style furniture and kitchenalia, incorporating embroidery, fabrics, vintage patterns, old papers and clippings, all glued and reworked resulting in a fine finish. In 18th Century England, this technique was called ‘the art of Japanning’ after its presumed origins, but is now known as decoupage. The signs,
frames, blackboards, chairs and tables available at Lincoln were exclusively produced for the fairgoers and were very accessible with price range from £10 to £1400 an item.
Decorative and Architectural Antiques
Hutchison Antiques displayed a range of antique furniture from their showroom in Tetbury, Gloucestershire that included vintage desk lamps, leather and architectural antiques, Belgian chemist bottles and wonderful ebonised mirrors. Their quirky display and neighbouring stand of retro fairground equipment caught the attention of celebrity auctioneer Anita Manning and the Red Team who were filming BBC One’s television program Bargain Hunt.
Fresh Home Made Food Stalls
Hot Rocks Pizza, the original oven in a horsebox team, cooked delicious artesian wood fired pizzas non-stop over both days. Brackenbury’s of Brigsley home made ice-cream offered salvation and salivation – who couldn’t resist a taste of Sri Lankan Coconut or Beautiful Baileys? And for the naughtiest amongst them all, the ladies at Scrumdiddlyumptious sold fudge, toffee and other sweets.
Family Day Out at Lincolnshire Showground
The Lincoln Fair is a fantastic family day out for all ages. Three generations manned the stand at Olive Tree furniture and soft furnishings. Newcomers Sandy and Tony Winstanley brought an assortment of sanded and spectacularly colourful repainted furniture, along with daughter Lynsey armed with her baby boy.
Red Arrows Flypast
What’s more, the Red Arrows flew high above the event, forming patterns and colourful traces in the sky for all to see. How many ‘trade shows’ have neighbours like the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to provide entertainment?! There is certainly something special about this fair.