Hello all! As many of you will know, we are hoping to return to our fabulous Bibury Village Hall venue to present our Bibury Antiques Fair this summer. Although a date hasn’t been set, there are dealers who want to return, and a few questions being asked from potential visitors too. I have noticed a few fairs returning, and although ours is quite small, we can easily be flexible and make visitors relaxed as they soak up the atmosphere in and around Bibury. Meanwhile, in the restoration field, I have been busy tidying up a painted longcase clock to present on my first outing. What an amazing piece of wood at the back, a single slab of Elm! The case is made from what looks like to be Alder, or Aspen, or similar, and has been painted, and later, probably in the Victorian time, or even later, has had some glaze painted over it too, this has been heavily waxed and buffed, and not is gleaming quite well. I look forward to popping the movement in there and listening to the sound of the tick. Oh, I almost forgot to say, it’s a Gloucestershire clock too! Shown here part way through improving the polish, the loose plinth on the trunk now re-affixed, and a loose moulding on the hood straightened and made firm. Whilst there is a key to the trunk door, the turnbutton at the top is needed as the door is slightly bowed, so doesn’t lock easily. Come and see what it looks like when it’s finished and ready for sale! Hope you like it! Regards, Andy.
Hello all, here’s a little catch up to say that yes, like many businesses, we hope to return to opening and greeting visitors and clients, old and new soon! Well, at the moment, I am thinking May, or June could well be our initial day at Bibury Antiques Fair, however, this will need to be confirmed by The Hall Trustees and we look forward to greeting you there!
I know there have been a few changes since we last met, and a local tea room has now changed ownership, and the sandwiches at The Trout Farm seem to be getting more famous when I mention Bibury to people! I am guessing by the time we return, The Catherine Wheel Pub, and Swan Hotel should also be open, so maybe I’ll treat myself to a bit of pop after a day at the fair, wonder if anyone can join in then? Cheers! Oh yes, here’s a couple of firescreens just incase they are still needed for “Distancing!” they could be on sale, so please ask if you would like any further information about them, then there’s an armchair to sit on in the sun by the river, happy day! Bye for now, Andy.
Well, just like someone moving home, here’s a set of new (oldish) keys, clearly two of them are later! They belong to an old walnut desk, and I think the ticket relates to the 1960’s or 70’s, but will research the telephone codes another day. Interestingly, the desk was sold in Bath, and went to Manchester. I am now working on the item, and pleased to have the keys, even though some of the locks appear to have been replaced. The label forms a fun bit of provenance I think! Keys are used to open doors as you know, and we are hoping to be able to open our doors this year. We are due to return to Bibury Village Hall in April, but we will be confirming this as soon as possible, so keep an eye open! Regards, Andy.
Hello all! I don’t feel comfortable saying Happy New Year, but I think Best Wishes is more needed now than in a long time. With the start of 2021 being a little unusual, to say the least, this year will struggle to get back to normal at all. However we do hope to get back in Bibury Village Hall selling antiques and greeting visitors from all over the world, like we have done in the past! Behind the scenes, I have been tidying up a few items of furniture, and yesterday I waxed and buffed a little oak side table, so I thought I’d add a few pictures of it. Other items are being done, so I am catching up on some older projects. Good news there! Bye for now, and here’s the table! Regards, Andy.
Hello All! Christmas Greetings to you! Best Wishes for the season, and hope for a better future and New Year. The photo is of an old card I have had for over 20 years now, and was obtained from a shed clearance I did to salvage tools and a few bits and bobs from a client called Millie. Her late husband was Horace Hunt, whose name features in this Home Guard Christmas Card. I thought it was about time I shared it, there will be more about Horace and Millie soon. Best Wishes and Cheers! Andy.
As many will know, whilst our Bibury Antiques Fair is closed for the winter, we have attended a regular fair near Banbury, organised by colleagues, (http://www.antiques-at-the-holt.co.uk/), for the last few years, in November and March. Not this November though! However, here are a few photo’s of some stock I would have taken, so just shout and make an offer, if there’s anything here that catches your eye! We may be able to agree on a price, and as the saying goes, “If you don’t ask, you won’t find out!”. Please be polite though, it helps me look kinder on offers! Other than that, here’s some items, some finished for sale, others just waiting for a nudge and an offer so they can be finished, the Rosewood Bookcase is such an example, something I started thinking it was a lovely item, but I’m looking for someone who agrees with me, and likewise the Billiard Table, or Longcase Clock, Windsor Chair! Some of these may well be on my “Stock for sale page”. Have a look if time permits! Cheers folks!
Here I have a painted Estate Desk. Please see the photos, it’s roughly 77cm, by 57cm, by 25cm. The lock works with the key shown in the photo. The newspaper cuttings are interesting, and whether they bear any relevance to the location is a mystery to me. Please ask for viewing, or more information. The asking price is £245. My best contact number is 07977 936 882, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello all. I’d just like to confirm we will be on show on Sunday 6th September! We open at 10am and close at 4pm. A new one way system will be in place, and just to entice you there, here are a few photographs from last year! All the best. Andy.
Hello again! Well, what a year so far? I had an interesting call today for someone thinking I owned a shop in Bibury (sadly not me!), and was worried they couldn’t reach me before I closed to pay me and buy something! I hope they sorted that one out, but although the shop is for sale, it’s not mine to sell! Like many people, it’s been a complex year, and as I came down the stairs the other day, I decided that I should photo a barometer in a slightly different way, just as the light caught my image, and so here it is, hope you approve! Sadly we are not much further forward with confidence for the future of many indoor fairs and markets. Yes there are a few running, it seems to depend on the venue owners, or which County they are in, but I am not certain of the future, but we can wait and see, maybe the longer we don’t have fairs for, may mean that more stock gets sorted to come out on show when we do open the doors. Don’t forget in the meantime we have a few items on sale at antiques.co.uk go to the website and then search for Bibury Antiques Fair, happy browsing! All the best, see you soon! Andy.
Hello again! It really does seem odd, as so far this year there hasn’t been one of events in Bibury yet, and despite discussing the possibilities, we haven’t a date yet. So, tonight, I decided to photograph a set of glasses for sale, and as I was doing so, thought it rude not to try one of them out, and here I have a small piece of honey-cake to compliment the dram. This isn’t how many Monday evenings are at all! May I wish everyone a good day, or evening, wherever you are, and I am off to list these on our virtual fair, they can be seen at https://www.antiques.co.uk/antique/6-Ale-Glasses Thank you for looking. Andy.
Hello all! Well, amazingly we are half way through our May Virtual Fair! With help from antiques.co.uk we have had over 40 items listed for sale for just over 2 weeks, and now a few items have been viewed over 100 times. I think that’s more than most items get viewed at an event, and here’s the one which at the rime of writing, is the most viewed, at 106. https://www.antiques.co.uk/antique/Gilt-and-Laquered-Wooden-Monk other items are close behind at 104 and 103. Have a look and see if you fancy anything. There’s a payment option on the site, or please make an enquiry. Sadly not everyone from the fair can take part in this as they cannot access their stock from closed shops and centres, but we have a good cross section of items listed.Have a good day folks, and here are a few photo’s of the event last year. It really is a sweet Village Hall and I look forward to returning one day. Regards, Andy.
Hello all! I have some amazing news. Bibury Antiques Fair may only be a small event, however we believe we are the first Antiques Fair to have a “Virtual Fair”. Yes! With the help of Iain Brunt, and his website, we have our listing at https://www.antiques.co.uk/seller-items.cfm?maxrows=25&seller=4448&order=priceDESC&start=2 have a look and see what you find! This will be live for longer than our usual time, of just one Sunday a month, but we are entering exciting times, and so if you like it, we hope to be able to continue, so please have a puruse and possibly even a purchase! Shown here just to make you hurry, is “A Russian Bangle”. Hope you like it, and thanks for looking. Regards, Andy.
Hello again! I realise it’s been a while since I was in touch, but there have been a few things going on in the background, and one of them is this Rosewood Bookcase which I am restoring ready for sale this summer, offer a price if you want to buy it, sadly the marble top is missing, but a wooden one could go on-top, not everyone likes marble! Hope you like the photographs, and yes, there’s still a bit to be done, but it’s a lot better than when I got it! There’s also something else which I hope some of you may well be interested in, and more about that on Friday I hope! Pop back to find out, but in the meantime, here’s the bookcase. All the best, Andy.
Today, April 5th 2020, would have been the first of our fairs at Bibury Village Hall, one day maybe this year we will return? In the meantime, many folk are re-assessing their lives, work, hobbies, and in some cases, looking at what they have! It’s over 30 years ago that I started buying a few reference books to learn about furniture, clocks, and as I like glass, then that too. Here is a little area of my study as it is now, with some of those items, as well as bits and bobs picked up on the way, from friends, all having sentimental value. One day when we return, people will be able to add to their collections, and the items gained will help the times be remembered. Bye for now, Andy.
Sorry, but it’s not much of a surprise I’m sure, the Bibury Antiques Fair is, like much of the Country postponing it’s events. However, I have asked the dealers and I’m hoping they will send me some photo’s of their stock so I can keep you entertained, and I’ll add a few of my items to the “Furniture For Sale” page, hopefully that can be found above! I hope to be back with news soon, and maybe the fair will be able to return this year, I do hope so, but I’m not offering a “Copper Bottom” guarantee! Speaking of which, this is an Ash stool with a “Copper Pot from The Willis Meeting Rooms, St. James Street, London.” Interesting venue, and I hadn’t heard of it before I got this. According to what I have found quite easily, there was a meeting some years ago there, and resulting from that, The Liberal Party was formed. This pot is a few years after that meeting, so maybe there was so much going on they needed more kitchen staff and utensils! Anyway, here it is, sitting on a fine Ash stool. Both items for sale, send me an email and make an offer, I was thinking around £70 for the stool and £120 for the Copper Pot, because of it’s stamp and history, is that fair? Regards, Andy.
Hello all! Many of you will know that Bibury Antiques Fair is due to return on April 5th, less than a month away now! However, there’s a great fair this weekend, the 14th and 15th March, at The Holt Hotel, between Banbury and Woodstock, where I will be and many more people too. Here is a link for you. http://www.antiques-at-the-holt.co.uk/ Open Saturday and Sunday! Maybe see you there? Here are few photo’s of my stock, or my stand at previous fairs at The Holt. Thanks for looking, did you see the little winning jockey? Well, it is Cheltenham week! Bye for now.
Hello again all. Just a quick catch up and a bit of wildlife for you to enjoy I hope, a rare Elm Martin! I say that as being carved from Elm, and it’s just easier to say that rather than, “An Elm Pine Martin!” Here, shown having had a little tidy up and a quick wax, measuring approximately 15″ long, 10″ high, and 6″ deep, so that’s about life size. Hope you enjoy the photo’s, and yes, this is for sale, offers discussed, ticket price £285. Thank you, Andy.
Hello all! Recently I have been getting ready for the fair returning to Bibury, and I have noticed that time keeps whizzing by, but it is nice that the evenings are drawing out. It won’t be long before we will be unloading by the riverside and into The Village Hall. Here’s an item one could see for sale there, a small 8 Day Brass Lantern Clock, hope you like it. Thanks for looking, Andy.
Hello again! For those people who are planning trips out to various places, our dates for 2020 have been released and can be found on this website on the “About & Dates” page. Our first fair this year in Bibury is on April 5th. In the meantime, I have been getting a few items ready, including tidying up this little Elm table, I was told it was unusual before I saw it, and I think you may agree, that it’s a “little different”. Still in need of a final couple of photo’s here are some for you to see now. I can’t recall ever seeing anything quite like this, could this be Welsh, or perhaps an “Oddfellows Table”? Have a look and see. Regards, Andy.
Hello, and best wishes to one and all! As we hit the new year and decade, here are a few photographs of a current project I am working on, and the date being set correctly, one can almost hear the bell strike! Our event in Bibury starts in April, if you wish to send me your email, I will keep you in touch about our fairs and maybe others too. Should anyone enjoy a whisky for the season, I may well join you later, and toast you, Slainte Mhath! See you soon. Regards, Andy.
Hello all, and best wishes for the Santa Season! Just don’t forget to wear wellies if coming close to here as it’s a bit soggy! I think sledging is out this year, but water skiing maybe in! Wassail, Sliante, Chin Chin, or whatever one’s toast, may be! Here are a few photo’s of Bibury from earlier this year when it was frosty, and also our grey mog Shadow relaxing on her favourite chair! Best wishesfor the season and New Year. See you soon!
Hello again all. Thanks to those that came to ” Antiques at The Holt!” some people may have noticed I was the first stall in after the organisers, Marcus and Franca. Many of us had a good fair, and although I still have a display cabinet for sale, it did get a few nice comments about it’s affordability and pleasing size and colour, being walnut and with a large glass door. So, moving on to get some projects finished before Santa time, is my next concern, but! Yes, I know! Here’s a longcase clock I’m really looking forward to having completed for the next “Antiques at The Holt!” which in in mid March 2020 and if some of you want to follow my progress, let me know and I may well do a few photographic updates of the general tidying and replacement of the mouldings which were in the base, so here it is! Thanks, Andy.
Well, Bibury Antiques Fair is having a break until the spring…….. BUT…….. Should people have time over the weekend of 23rd and 24th November, there’s an antiques fair on at The Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire. I’m bowled over, and going to be there again! Oh yes, and I’ll have this Sycamore Dairy Bowl with me, and I think it’s got a good colour and patina, but I’ll have to let you decide if you agree! This bowl is about 12″ in diameter, and 3 1/2″ high. Here it is….. The link for the Holt event is http://www.antiques-at-the-holt.co.uk/Maybe see you there, and if I remember rightly, the steak sandwiches are very nice there too!
It’s with a lot of pleasure that I am writing this to confirm we have been given permission to re-start our Antiques Fair in Bibury. We return on Sunday 6th September, and hope to see you there! More news will be shared as the plan unveils, but I just wanted to shout, “Best Wishes and See You Soon, Cheers”. These glasses would help, if they were full! Andy.
Bibury Antiques Fair should be on show on the first Sunday of the month between April and November. Like many events in the last year, we are best contacted before trying to visit us, or look at our most recent blogs to see how hopeful we are of holding an event on the day you want to visit! We start at 10am, and close at 4pm.
Bibury Village Hall
Bibury Village Hall is a lovely small place, and is easily found, being close to the Church, and the corner at the bottom of the hill at the opposite end of the village from The Trout Farm and The Swan Hotel.
We may well be a small fair, but we have fabulous stock, and in Bibury one can peruse and buy, a selection of Jewellery, Ceramics, Glass, Silver, Pictures, and even some clocks and furniture!
We are open from 10am until 4pm. Call 07977 936 882 for details or if you can’t find us!