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Darcy’s October Newsletter

Darcy Shepherd

October 15, 2013

Greetings!
With our switch to Saturdays things have come around very quickly, in fact we have got only 4 days before our fantastic pre-Christmas Emporium is launched at The Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield, on
Saturday 19th October. CVE 19th Oct logo image
Doors open at 11.00 ’til 16.00 and every visitor gets a free cup of tea or coffee when buying any cake or snack, plus our free prize draw gives you an opportunity to win a lovely bottle of double silver-medal-winning Bluebell sparkling wine. Entrance is just £1.
With just 9 weeks before Christmas, it is never too early to start planning. We’ll try to make it a little easier for you with a wonderful selection of the finest painted vintage furniture, country antiques, decorative homeware, gardenalia, beautiful flowers, gifts and jewellery.
We are especially pleased to be welcoming the return of Little Mouses adorable handmade vintage treats, plus stunning silks and gemstones from Macaroon Jewellery and some really charming shabby chic homeware from Millie & Max.

CVE Millie & Max photo 1

If you are looking for that truly exceptional Christmas gift for a very special person come and join us early on Saturday the 19th.

With that unmistakable autumnal chill in the air we decided to ask our very own master-chef Heather Lynn to prepare something warming to tempt you into our tearooms. So expect to see hearty soups and utterly scrumptious cassoulet. Of course, no CVE is complete without those wonderfully indulgent cakes lovingly prepared for us by local lady Caroline Ford – they are just gorgeous!

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Let me quickly mention last month’s prize draw winner, Andrea Fullalove (pictured centre). She was overjoyed to receive the bubbly which was right on-time for a big family birthday celebration this weekend – well done Andrea!

Finally a reminder that at Cuckfield Vintage Emporium we proudly to support CHICKS the charity that provides respite holidays for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged kids. For every pound you donate we will match it so, if you can, please give generously.

Best wishes,

Darcy xx

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Vintage Cuckfield Going Strong

CVE Logo June postcardWhen asked to say ‘what makes the perfect vintage fair’ there is, unfortunately, no simple answer. For starters you have to know who is asking the question – the visitors, the stallholders, the organiser, the venue owner, the caterer etc.

They need not all have divergent viewpoints of course and it may be possible to achieve a consensus; that can sometimes be difficult, but not impossible.  One such case was last week’s Cuckfield Vintage Emporium, held in The Queen’s Hall, which is curated by Darcy Shepherd.

Darcy is a well-known figure in the world of Sussex vintage and country fairs with a growing reputation nationally too; her Cuckfield Vintage Emporium (CVE) is still in its infancy having only got off the ground, as it were, in March this year. For the past 3 months she has been attracting around 25 vintage traders to set-up shop in The Queen’s Hall in Cuckfield High Street where she aims to establish a permanent home for her events.

“We always knew May was going to be problematic,” Darcy explained, “because of a very big fair taking place not far away in Surrey at the Nonsuch Mansion just the day before ours.” This meant that a number of regular CVE traders were tied up and inevitably some vintage devotees were ‘all shopped-out’ which, it was predicted, would impact on the CVE attendance.

Darcy Shepherd: the driving force behind Cuckfield Vintage Emporium

Darcy Shepherd: the driving force behind Cuckfield Vintage Emporium

“However we decided to press ahead,” said Darcy, “for a number of reasons, including in order to establish continuity and so as not to let down our loyal stallholders and visitors.”

In the event it proved to be exactly the right decision because, whilst visitor numbers were slightly down, the new stallholders who filled the gap proved to be exceptional, plus the whole ambience was really friendly and upbeat.

As Darcy said, “At the end of the day, it’s the stallholders who create the atmosphere through their enthusiasm, the exceptional quality of their goods and the attractiveness of their stands, and once again they have delivered, which is fantastic.”

An outstanding example came from two CVE debutants, Kate Richards and Heather Lynn,  both stallholders sharing a pitch for the first time at The Queen’s Hall.

Kate is a florist and trades as Iris & Arlo, with a shop in Lombard Street, Petworth. And Heather, having made her earlier career in catering has recently launched Courtown Crafts, selling hand-painted vintage furniture and decorative pieces from her base in Slinfold, near Horsham.

Kate Richards (left) of Iris & Arlo with Heather Lynn of Courtown Crafts at the Cuckfield Vintage Emporium on 10th May

Kate Richards (left) of Iris & Arlo with Heather Lynn of Courtown Crafts at the Cuckfield Vintage Emporium on 10th May

Heather’s interest in painted furniture grew from her own experiments at home which soon began to attract admiring comments, and the impetus to branch out on her own, and set up Courtown Crafts, came when an antiques dealer colleague gave that extra bit of encouragement.

That was about 6-months ago and like many a DIY painter (myself included) Heather started with the Farrow & Ball range of paints, attracted by their beautiful subtle colours and quality. Now she is also using the highly regarded Annie Sloan chalk paints and waxes as favoured by the cognoscenti with some stunning results.

“The Annie Sloan method is a bit of a departure and working with her paints is very different from conventional paint, but the finished product is spectacular, so it is well worth persevering” says Heather.

Kate Richards has loved flowers as long as she can remember, “For me, when it comes to flowers, the more natural the presentation the better” says Kate, who completed her training at Brinsbury college five years ago.

She says that creating a ‘vintage look’ is not always as simple as it might first appear, “Selecting the right flowers is the first step – Peonies, Sweet peas, Poppies and Lupins are amongst my favourites –  and if you can get close to an arrangement that looks like an English summer meadow, you’re pretty much there”.

But business being business Kate has her feet firmly ‘planted’ on the floor and that means in order to make her Petworth based business succeed she calls on her formal training to supply flowers for weddings, birthdays, corporate functions and all forms of celebrations.

Judging by the buzz that hummed around The Queen’s Hall, both Kate and Heather (and the many other exhibitors, too many to mention here unfortunately) proved to be a great hit with the CVE’s vintage shoppers whose support once again ensured that the event continues to go from strength to strength. See you next on 21st June!

McBlue

16th May 2013

CVE Newcomers’ Gallery 10th May

Sandy & Steph of The Giggleberry Tree

Sandy & Steph of The Giggleberry Tree

Ellice in the CVE Tearoom

Ellice in the CVE Tearoom

Annabelle with her beautiful framed prints

Annabelle with her beautiful framed prints

Paula Giuld of ... along came Polly with her lovely hats.

Paula Guild of … along came Polly with her lovely hats.

Iwona of Gift Horse Collectables

Iwona of Gift Horse Collectables

Sarah of Pocket & Pin - vintage haberdashary

Sarah of Pocket & Pin – vintage haberdashery

Annette of Annie B's Vintage

Annette of Annie B’s Vintage

Gayle of The Tea Party Style

Gayle of The Tea Party Style

Jessica Glover of By The Way Crafts

Jessica Glover of By The Way Crafts

Amy of lovebirdielove.co.uk

Amy of lovebirdielove.co.uk

Simone's table aka Ayres & Grace: horse figures and other animals

Simone’s table aka Ayres & Grace: horse figures and other animals

Ruth, Antiques and Vintage Collector

Ruth, Antiques and Vintage Collector

Maggie of Moss Vintage

Maggie of Moss Vintage

Samantha of The Tea Party Company

Samantha of The Tea Party Company

Janet Somers - collector of Kitchenalia

Janet Somers – collector of Kitchenalia

Vintage at Home by Nicky West

Vintage at Home by Nicky West

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