We commenced our summer of Decorative Home & Salvage shows at Ripley Castle on 17th & 18th May. And what a way to get things started! Blistering sunshine, cold Pimm’s on tap and a handpicked selection of the finest exhibitors, what more could you ask for?
We loved organising this event and people who visit have told us how much they enjoy it, but we wanted to get the bottom of what the stall holders thought too.
Our first port of call was Marilyn and Ev Bookal, regulars to the event who always go the extra mile to put on a beautiful display at the show entrance. They certainly didn’t disappoint this year, treating us to a stunning mock-up of a courtyard garden and front room in the style of a French chateau. Marilyn says the best thing about the salvage shows is that they are relaxed with lots of people to chat to and because they are smaller and more intimate venues, she can catch up with her fellow stall holder friends properly too. Their speciality is turning exterior architectural and garden items into statement interior pieces.
Our next stop was to call in on the delightful Mum and Daughter team, Karen and Chloe Rymer from Molly & Maud’s Place in York. It was their first time exhibiting with us and we were very pleased to meet them! Chloe said that most of their sales are online but standing at Ripley and being able to meet people and hand out cards has been great PR for them as they are only just down the road. They also enjoy the relaxed social side as they already know many faces from buying at other events. They describe their stock as generally in the French style and had a wonderfully quirky wooden wine bottle dryer at the front of their stand – not something we’ve ever seen before!
Our last, but certainly not least, visit was to see Andy Carruthers & Sarah Hatcher from Monkey & Bird, who are based in Collingham, near Newark on Trent. They are a great couple with a real passion for salvage and craftsmanship. They have a strong industrial style and love to buy and sell items that they have an appreciation for. Their preference is to make bespoke pieces, allowing them to add their own personal touches and stand out from the rest. An example of one of their favourite pieces was a very handsome old baker’s counter. The really liked the chilled and relaxed atmosphere of the show and not having to get up too early but, more importantly, they found it useful for meeting people and making contacts that lead to commissions.
After such a successful event we are now even more excited to get to Tatton Park on 14th & 15th June for the next round of the Decorative Home & Salvage Shows. We hope you can join us!