Was this Rutland’s first antiques brocante? It was certainly Uppingham’s, and congratulations to Uppingham Town Partnership for organising it. The stalls were in the Market Place, and in Crown Passage leading up to Rutland Antiques Centre – though I confess there were rather less than the 50 dealers that I read about in the Rutland Mercury. However, there were plenty as far as I was concerned, and for Uppingham’s first such event, it was well worthwhile, and I hope that there will be more in the future. Uppingham is already a great place for antiques and vintage lovers and this is a great addition.
I eventually came away with an oval tin hat box for £20, destined to join two similar that I bought via E-bay and which act as medicine chests/smellies storage in the bathroom; a cast brass candlestick dating to around 1915, and with a high percentage of copper in it, so it has a lovely patina (also £20). I would also have liked to buy virtually everything on my favourite stall, which was a real discovery: Old Bakery Antiques of Wymondham.
They were at the brocante to spread the word about their lovely range of vintage garden accessories, with covetable items like a pale blue garden table and bistro chairs, galvanised wash tubs and wire baskets, watering cans, chimney pots and more. I confess that I’d not heard of them before, but after I’d thawed out with a toasted sandwich from Beans (doing a roaring trade on this bright but breezy morning), I headed off to the village of Wymondham to see their full range.
What a great shop, in a pretty location. If I’d still been looking for hardware for the cottage doors I’d have found it all here. And I had to avert my eyes from the beautiful art nouveau tiles, french enamelware, stained glass panels and T&G Green china to name just a few of their specialities. I did come away with a lovely bootscraper, probably Georgian (£40), of the type that can be cemented in to the new steps that the builder will be laying down next week.
I would link to Old Bakery Antiques’ website, if only they had one! We did have a chat about the fact they don’t have an online presence, and it appears they’ll be taking the plunge soon. Hope so: they deserve a wider audience! Meantime, give them a call on 01572 787 472 or just drop in (closed Monday and Tuesday). They’re in the middle of the village, which is between Ashwell and Melton Mowbray. I shall go back when the garden is finished, and I have a better idea of what I want in the way of gardenalia.