Darcy’s November Press Release

For immediate release​​​​​18th November 2013

Vintage fair in Cuckfield is the answer for thoughtful Christmas gifts

Vintage expert Darcy Shepherd is urging shoppers to banish lists and go back to an old-style Christmas with a focus on surprise, one-off sentimental gifts.

Her next event – Cuckfield Vintage Emporium’s Christmas Fair on Saturday 23rd November – offers the perfect solution for people who want to buy their loved ones extra special gifts this year that can’t be found on the high street. There’s also a free prize draw for every visitor – the winners gets a fabulous bottle of internationally acclaimed English sparkling Rosé wine by top Sussex winegrower Bluebell Vineyard Estates – a perfect gift in itself.

Darcy Shepherd, whose fairs are fast becoming known for the quality and range of the wonderful decorative antiques and vintage giftware on offer from her expert exhibitors, has brought together a host of specially selected traders with a vintage feel to offer visitors a pleasant, stress-free shopping experience as well as delicious food, mince pies and mulled wine.

This year Darcy is telling people to ‘lose the list’ and opt for carefully chosen surprises for friends and relatives.

Darcy explains: “With just over a month before Christmas, my next fair is the perfect opportunity to start shopping for gifts. My advice is not to ask people for lists of what they want this year – it’s so satisfying to match a unique, one-of-a-kind gift to the perfect person! This year choose something that is unique, special and that they will treasure – something that will remind them of you. Also, surprises are so much more fun than getting what you asked for. The Victorians were very good at choosing and often making meaningful gifts. The added bonus is that people won’t know how much you spent.”
Exhibitors at the 23rdth November event include: beautiful children’s clothes and accessories from Wotwu; Caroline Bloomfield and her Brocante finds from around France; Annabel Gordon with her stunning, handmade children’s framed pictures, felt bunting and hair clips; Laura from Roodlemouse with her beautiful bibs; Christmas wreaths and bouquets from Iris and Arlo, inspiring handmade decorations from The Embroidery Bird and Love Emily Vintage who will have lots of bargains in their closing down sale.
To keep shoppers energised, Humble Pie will be offering scrumptious pastry delights presented by chef and restaurateur Toby Earlam.
And for those who find wrapping their gifts troublesome, help will be on hand with a display of expertly wrapped gifts for people to copy and even a gift-wrapping service with a vintage twist.
The Cuckfield Vintage Emporium Christmas event is this Saturday at Queen’s Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, RH17 5EL and the first New Year fair is scheduled for 18th January 2014 when there may be some bargains to be had.

Darcy came up with the idea of hiring a venue in Cuckfield and holding regular events to give vintage traders a place to sell their products and offer shoppers a regular, one-stop-shop for everything vintage in a fun atmosphere with fantastic food.

Darcy said: “Thanks to celebrities like Kirsty Allsopp, there is a huge demand for everything vintage from gifts to homeware and country antiques. People seem to love the events and the idea is to give them a special shopping experience that you can’t get anywhere else and certainly not on most high streets. Our traders are very carefully selected and are genuinely enthusiastic, deeply committed, knowledgeable and offer unique ranges of goods.”

As well as running Cuckfield Vintage Emporium, Darcy is a founding partner of Village Vintage – recently named as one of Britain’s top three vintage events by Homes & Antiques Magazine. Inspired by TV’s Kirsty Allsopp, Darcy started Cuckfield Vintage Emporium less than a year ago. Since then, Darcy and her team have attracted more than 1,000 visitors to the events.

As well as traders and shoppers, the national children’s charity CHICKS benefits from every event with each pound donated at the event matched by Cuckfield Vintage Emporium organisers and donated to CHICKS. CHICKS provides respite breaks holidays for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children. Please visit http://www.chicks.org.uk to find out more about CHICKS.

Doors open from 11am to 4pm. every visitor gets a free cup of tea or coffee when buying any cake or snack, plus a free prize draw gives an opportunity to win a bottle of double silver-medal-winning Bluebell sparkling wine. Entrance is just £1.

For more information go to https://cloudhowemedia.wordpress.com/home/ or https://www.facebook.com/CuckfieldvintageemporiumFacebook

Vintage, and all that surrounds it, is part of a country lifestyle trend that has been developing over 20 years. It is a reflection of the centuries old love affair with gardens, the countryside and romantic notions of pastoral life.

The next event is 23rd November at Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5EL.


For further information contact Suzi Christie and Blueberry PR on 01435 830031 or e-mail Suzi@blueberry–pr.co.uk Image are available on request.


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