On Sunday 16th August Ruby’s Vintage and Retro Fair was at The White Rock Theatre in Hastings and didn’t we have a beautiful day for it!
The sun was out most of the day and there were people queueing to get in when we opened at 10am. The event was publicised by the White Rock, both in their brochure and online plus posters in the foyer, we advertised in the local papers as well as nationally for the first time in Homes & Antiques magazine no less!
The sun shone and it was a party atmosphere at the Guildhall in Abingdon on Saturday 6th June when Ruby arrived in town! Ruby herself fired up her engine and made her way to the archway facing the market square where she parked to help publicise the Fair. Just as well as the banner belonging to the Guildhall was cut down and removed! Fortunately our banners outside the Guildhall and on Tesco’s roundabout remained.
This was the first Ruby’s of 2015 in High Wycombe and on a Sunday instead of a Saturday, as many people had requested. Due to the distance from Newbury to Wycombe, Ruby herself couldn’t put in an appearance but visitors came in a steady stream throughout the day and most seemed to leave with some vintage goodies.
Saturday 7th March saw some welcome sunshine and lots of happy sunny vintage lovers made their way to the Guildhall in Abingdon to shop in two rooms chock full of glorious vintage. We had some stallholders follow us from their first Ruby’s at High Wycombe including Susan Baxter of Vintage Mabel who offered us high-end vintage clothes and Martin Hendry who takes unloved, unfashionable pieces of furniture and gives them new life and new style with clever use of paint and wall paper. Check out our Facebook page for links to his website.
RubyToo made her first appearance at one of our Fairs – she is Ruby’s older, slightly racier sister and took over at short notice when it was noticed that Ruby’s waterpump was leaking. Not a good sign with a trundle up the A34 in prospect. So bundled up in thick jacket, scarf and gloves, Vic (Lyn’s husband and Abingdon stallholder traffic liasion officer) set off from home and arrived in record time!
After having to move pretty sharpish from Newbury College when they decided not to honour our longstanding booking, we were able to nip just down the road to Park House School so many thanks to the Head Master and Sue Atkinson in helping us to find a new home at short notice!
As part of Abingdon’s Heritage Weekend, Ruby’s was back at the Guildhall and what a brilliant day it was!
The Town Council and the Heritage Committee are to be congratulated on an amazing community event that involved bands, horses, re-enactors, shouting sergeants and brave young men marching off to war (the local cadets)