This week we have a fantastic new exhibitor to introduce you to! Kokoman Crafts specialise in stylish Irish designed leather bags and satchels as well as beautiful pashminas and shawls. We're in love with their superb collection of bags so we're over the moon that Kokoman Crafts will be joining us for Midsummer Craft In The City at Market Square Lisburn on Saturday 2nd June!
For more information visit Kokoman Crafts on Facebook.
This coming Sunday (20th May) we will be taking The Marvellous May Fair to Belmont Country House Hotel in Banbridge for the very first time and the lovely folks at the hotel have given a great prize for our entrance draw. All visitors to the fair will be able to enter the draw for the chance to Win Afternoon Tea for 2! The Belmont Hotel is an 1800s Georgian mansion set in 9 acres of mature gardens creating a stunning backdrop for The Marvellous May Fair - we hope to see you there!
For more information on the hotel visit their website and also follow them on Facebook. The Belmont House Hotel is just 24 miles from Belfast and a 90 min drive from Dublin, located conveniently close to the A1 carriageway. You will find the hotel at Rathfriland Rd, Banbridge, BT32 3LH - see on Google Maps here.
Happy May Day Bank Holiday Weekend everyone! Celebrating the arrival of warmer weather, along with the bounty of beautiful blossoms on the trees and buds appearing in the garden, we have rounded up our 10 favourite floral gifts for this week's Blog post. All this loveliness is from just a few of the fantastic sellers and wonderful makers who will be exhibiting at our next event - The Marvellous May Fair on Sunday 20th May at Belmont Country House Hotel in Banbridge.
We absolutely fell in love with The Maggie Collins Collection by Carol Barras when she exhibited with us at our Spring Fair earlier this month so we are delighted that she will be back with us for The Marvellous May Fair on Sunday 20th May. Carol creates gorgeous handmade, one of a kind, knitted, felted and hand-dyed silk garments and fashion accessories, all made in glorious County Down. The collection includes beautiful shawls, throws and scarves made using Donegal tweed, merino wool and Irish linen. All perfect cover ups for the chillier Spring and Summer evenings.
If you haven't yet got to view the beautiful illustrations by the talented Piera Cirefice at our last couple of events then you are in luck as she will be back with us on Sunday 20th May for The Marvellous May Fair in Banbridge. An Irish illustrator, Piera recently graduated from Falmouth University. A love for the outdoors fuels her travel reportage work and through en plein air watercolours and sketches she captures the atmosphere of the living landscape, predominantly the Mourne Mountains and the Causeway Coast. Drawing on the natural environment Piera also uses traditional materials and techniques, creating a sense of atmosphere and emotional evocativeness within her work.
For more information visit Piera's website and also find her on Facebook and Instagram. You will also be able to view Piera's work up close and purchase from her when she exhibits at our next event - The Marvellous May Fair taking place at Belmont Country House Hotel in Banbridge on Sunday 20th May.
It's been a while since Grahame and Jenny from The Natural Room Emporium exhibited with us so we are excited to announce that they will be back with us for our next event, The Marvellous May Fair at Belmont Country House Hotel in Banbridge on Sunday 20th May. Stocking an eclectic mix of antique, vintage, collectable and retro items which are both interesting and unique, they are always a big hit at our fairs!
Grahame and Jenny say "we sell decorative antiques, vintage items and pretty much anything we feel is a little different or a break from the norm! We only ever buy pieces we like, we don’t simply buy to make a profit. That way we stay enthusiastic about not only the pieces we have in stock but those we’re still to find. It’s great because we never know what we’re going to discover next. Once we find a piece, if necessary, its restored, repaired, cleaned, polished and made ready for the home, restaurant, shop or wherever its final destination is to be. We spend time at auction, scour other dealers both in Northern Ireland and further afield, go to trade fairs, carry out house clearances or simply make things! Everything we do, we do ourselves. From sourcing to restoration, promotion and advertising, to shopkeeping and delivery, and that way we are able to keep our prices competitive!"
Here is just a peek at some of their recent finds we love........
For more information visit The Natural Room Emporium on Facebook and Instagram, but don't forget to visit them at The Marvellous May Fair at Belmont Country House Hotel in Banbridge on Sunday 20th May where they will have a fantastic and eclectic selection of vintage and antique furniture, homewares and quirky objects for sale.
This summer we're excited to be taking Frock Fairs outside of Belfast and on the road to three fabulous locations around Northern Ireland. We may be coming to a town near you!
First up, we are delighted to be taking our Marvellous May Fair to the Belmont Country House Hotel at Banbridge for the first time on Sunday 20th May 2018. This event will feature up to 50 sellers of beautiful artisan crafts, vintage & antique items and much more, including fashion accessories, jewellery, furniture, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, art and photography, health and beauty, artisan food, seasonal crafts and gifts, & much more besides!
We will then be returning to one of our most popular locations - Market Square Lisburn on Saturday 2nd June 2018 for Midsummer Craft In The City. This event will feature 32 sellers of beautiful and original vintage and handmade treasures including fashion accessories, jewellery, furniture, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, artisan food, art, crafts and gifts. The event will take place under marquee cover in the lovely event space at Market Square directly in front of The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum in the City Centre. Thanks to partial funding by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, this event will be FREE admission to all members of the public.
Next we are delighted to be taking our Great Summer Holiday Fair to the wonderful seaside location of Portstewart for the first time on Sunday 29th July. This event will feature 20 stalls of beautiful artisan crafts, vintage & antique items, holistic therapies and much more, including fashion accessories, jewellery, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, art and photography, health and beauty, artisan food, & much more besides!
Winding up our summer events we are delighted to be going back to the wonderful seaside location of Portstewart for the second time on Sunday 19th August for The Last Days of Summer Fair. Again, this event will feature 20 stalls of beautiful artisan crafts, vintage & antique items, holistic therapies and much more, including fashion accessories, jewellery, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, art and photography, health and beauty, artisan food, & so much more.
For more information and to view exhibitor lists just click on any of the event images above, and if you fancy taking part as an exhibitor please click here to find out which events still have stall availability.
With Easter Sunday over, we're now super excited for our next event - THE SPRING INTO SUMMER FAIR at La Mon Hotel & Country Club which is taking place this Sunday 8th April. With over 50 fantastic exhibitors, we have a great combination of vintage dealers, creative designers, and holistic healers! We're busy compiling our mental shopping list which includes gorgeous jewellery and fashion from the vintage stalls, beautiful handcrafted homewares from the creative designer stalls, some luxury and soothing products for body, mind and soul, followed up by some really tasty sweet treats to take home for enjoying with our evening cuppa! Read on for our Wish List..............
We were delighted to see Averil Milligan from Wild About Soap featured in the Belfast Telegraph. As head gardener at National Trust's Rowallane Garden she is an expert when it comes to plants and herbs - an expertise and broad knowledge that she has transferred to the production of gorgeous handmade cold processed soap and organic body butter. You might have been lucky enough to get your hands on some of her lovely skincare products at The Bohemian Bazaar back in February, but if not then you will have a second chance, as she will also be exhibiting at The Spring Into Summer Fair at La Mon Hotel and Country Club on Sunday 8th April.
With just 4 days to go until Good Friday we thought we would run with an Easter theme for this week's blog post, so have shared some of our favourite rabbit themed gifts from just a few of our fabulous vintage and handmade sellers.
We can't vouch that these items will still be available for sale, but there will be plenty more lovely things to see and buy from these great folks at our next event, The Spring Into Summer Fair on Sunday 8th April.
Happy Easter everyone!