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Two unmissable dates for your diary

Hello again, hope you’re keeping well.

First Date: 10th May 2013

CVE Flyer

It is just 10 short days before the next Cuckfield Vintage Emporium (CVE) event on 10th May at The Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield High Street. Doors open at 11.00 with £1 admission charge.

All your old favourites will be there, including beautiful painted furniture, wonderful antique fabrics and old textiles, vintage homeware, the clothes rails and those lovely scented gifts. But also lookout for some fabulous new additions such as, Sarah Howe of ‘Pocket & Pin’ with her haberdashery items, the girls from ‘Giggleberrytree’ selling decorative garden-ware and potted plants plus Kate Richards of ‘Iris & Arlo’ with a marvellous array of vintage goodies.

CVE is proud to sponsor CHICKS the charity that provides respite country holidays for Britain’s disadvantaged children. The way it works is simple, for every pound our visitors give to CHICKS, CVE will match it with a pound of our own, that means doubling the donation to this great cause. So, if you can, please give generously.


There will also be the ever popular Tea Room selling Fairtrade teas and coffees and piles of gorgeous homemade cakes, savouries and soft drinks for children. So after all the searching, tracking down and finding that special something from our brilliant stallholders, pop in and have a nice cuppa – you’ll have earned it!

We would love to see you again in Cuckfield, so hope you can make it.

Second Date: 31st May/ 1st June 2013

Village Vintage Stand

Our sister event on 31st May and 1st June is the huge 2-day Village Vintage Country Fair at Plumpton Racecourse from 10.00 in the morning; £4 on the gate. Whatever else you are doing this spring, make sure you are there if the country and vintage lifestyle is your thing – THIS IS THE BIG ONE!

But don’t take my word for it, Etc. Magazine (widely read throughout Sussex) has describe the event as the ‘Vintage Fair of the Year’ in an article on page 138 of its just published May edition.

And what about Country Homes & Interiors magazine naming Village Vintage as No. 1 in this month’s  ‘3 of the best’ vintage fairs survey!!!! (No online version available yet unfortunately.)

All this comes in addition to the praise heaped on Village Vintage by Homes & Antiques magazine (the vintage community’s bible) in April when it was placed in the top 3 in a nationwide survey of vintage fairs.

The common thread with Village Vintage is, of course, Darcy who, together with her business partner and best friend, Lucy Haywood, launched Village Vintage as a start-up 4 years ago at the King Edward Hall, Lindfield. Since then the girls have gone from strength to strength.

Don’t forget, get these dates in your diary now: 10th May, Cuckfield Vintage Emporium, The Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield and Village Vintage Country Fair, Plumpton Racecourse over 2 days, 31st May & 1st June 2013.

If you are interested in exhibiting at either event please contact Darcy direct by email on

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1st May 2013


Cuckfield again hosts popular vintage fair

Once again supporters of Cuckfield Vintage Emporium (CVE) battled stormy weather to get to The Queen’s Hall in the village High St on 12 April – setting a new one-day attendance record. Darcy Shepherd, who organises and runs the vintage and country-lifestyle fairs said, “It’s amazing, I can hardly believe it and I’m especially pleased for all our wonderful exhibitors who travel from far and wide to help create the unique atmosphere of our events”.

Talking about CVE travelling exhibitors, one couple set what is believed to be a new record all of their own. Jill & Richard Gibbons of Rosiebud Decorative Vintage – specialising in beautiful pastel shaded soft-furnishings and vintage crockery – must take a bow as probably the widest travelled of the intrepid exhibitors and traders that flock to Cuckfield for Darcy’s fairs.

Leaving home at 4.45 in the morning to start the 402 mile round-trip from Tiverton in Devon, Jill & Richard personify the devotion and enthusiasm demonstrated by the vintage traders’ community

Jill&Richard of RosiebudDecorativeVintage 12_4_13

Jill & Richard of Rosiebud Decorative Vintage at the Cuckfield Vintage Emporium in April:

Jill & Richard hail originally from Farnborough but now, semi-retired, they travel far and wide to join-in the growing trend for all things vintage. When we suggested to Richard that a 402 mile round trip was a long way to go to enjoy yourself he said, “The friendship and atmosphere are what we come for more than anything else. We always meet new people with a shared interest in beautiful furniture, textiles and kitchen ware and although CVE is fairly newly established, it’s rapidly becoming one of our favourite destinations.”

The next Cuckfield Vintage Emporium is scheduled for 10th May, once again at The Queen’s Hall; Darcy is hoping that spring will have arrived by then so she can give her supporters some decent weather to enjoy her fair.


15th April 2013

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