Category Archives: Collectables

Flea market finds: Shepton Mallet.

It was my mum’s birthday on Saturday, so as a treat Jess (my brother’s girlfriend and fellow booty buddy), my mum and I headed to the Royal Bath and West showground for the Shepton Mallet antiques and collectables fair.

It’s run by the IACF, and it was a treat because we don’t get to go to them very often. Most of their fairs are held mid-week (like the famous one at Ardingly – though we did take a day off work to go to that one once!), and Shepton Mallet is the only one that generally falls on a weekend. Plus it’s the most local one to my mum and dad in South Wales.

So off we went, on our little adventure.

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Look what I found!

After squealing with excitement last month having found a serving plate to match two other plates that I’ve had for years, I’ve only gone and found a set of 6 matching dessert bowls too!!

Building a collection of something you love is an unpredictable sport. You never know when you’ll find a new treasure to add to your hoard, and thank God you don’t!

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Answers on a…

It’s all my grandad’s fault. He was a master collector with a nose for a bargain and there’s no doubt in my mind that my obsession with collecting stems from him.

He used to hoard all sorts of bits and pieces, but what I mostly remember him for are stamps and postcards.

When I was little I started my own collections because of him. But sticking used stamps in a book when you’re a gawky teenager isn’t exactly the essence of cool, so that hobby soon fizzled.

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