Bazaar Tips & Tricks – Crystal Care

When fine china and crystal glasses appear from the darkest recesses of kitchen cupboards to be washed ready for their annual festive outing…

(Personally I enjoy drinking from a fine glass all year round, whether it’s a cheeky glass of wine midweek or a glass of squash; it makes every drink seem special. But that’s just me!)

Some newer crystal glasses can be run (carefully) through the dishwasher but most have to be washed by hand. Oddly though, the glassware can still sometimes appear to be dirty. Streaks and clouding can easily spoil the appearance of the glass at the table but there are ways to look after vintage and antique glassware that helps to keep them sparkling.

 

  • First, line the bottom of your washing bowl with a clean teatowel or cloth to soften any accidental knocks.
  • Run warm water into the bowl with a small amount of washing up liquid. (Hot water will cause cloudiness in the crystal as will using too much washing up liquid.) Ensure the crystal is at room temperature and not cold from storage – a rapid change in temperature can cause the glass to shatter.
  • Wash only one piece at a time to avoid banging the pieces together. Using gloves can ensure that you don’t touch clean crystal and leave fingerprints.
  • Wash the crystal carefully with a soft cloth. If there’s a narrow opening, use a baby bottle brush to clean inside. 
  • Rinse the crystal carefully under a running tap using warm water to avoid streaks.
  • Dry each piece individually using a lint free cloth – kitchen paper can be good for this. 

 

Crystal that is already cloudy may be brightened back up by soaking the crystal in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for 5 to 10 minutes before washing carefully. 

 

If you’re hoping to add some extra glitz and glamour to your festive table then pop in to see us at the Bazaar. We have a wide range of crystal glassware plus everything else you might need from cloths to baubles and dinner services. The pieces I’m eyeing up are the gorgeous set of 4 etched with trees in winter…so they may have gone by the time you get here!

 

Glassware from Breweriana, Tim Mason, Louise Bradley in the Bazaar. 

Supper Club at the Bazaar – how was it?

The Bazaar is becoming known for doing things rather differently…

We don’t have a beautiful old building – instead we have a huge warehouse filled with beautiful things. 

We don’t make you walk from the town carpark and make it difficult to purchase anything that won’t fit in a carrier bag – instead we have a large private carpark behind our store and disabled parking right next to the door. 

We don’t cram our store – we give you plenty of room to explore, whether on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pushchair. 

We don’t stack our stock high – we display it beautifully to give you ideas about how to use pieces in your own spaces.

So… when we started chatting with our friend Michelle from Paternoster Farm and she said that she’d love to do a pop-up restaurant in the Bazaar…

of course, we loved the idea!

There were months of ironing out details and of Michelle getting all creative to come up with a suitably wonderful menu..

Then we set a date.

Now, would anyone want to come?

We really needn't have worried…

In true Pembrokeshire style bookings were slow to start but it was soon sold out!

Now, how do we turn a warehouse full of old things into a restaurant?

 

We put on music, turned the lights down and then it was over to Paternoster Farm.

Nibbles were laid out for arriving guests. When everyone was in their seats, service began…

 

 

What a wonderful evening!

Trestle tables, huge antique French linen cloths, hessian, antique stoneware and rosemary cut fresh from our garden set the scene. 

We managed to pull together 30 vintage and antique chairs from our own stock for guests to get comfy on. (We don’t think they noticed that they all still had price tags on…)

 

Fantastic atmosphere!

Chatting and laughing. Exclamations when tasting. Happy guests.

We had an amazing evening and our fellow diners were full of praise.

It hasn’t taken long for us to decide, along with Michelle at Paternoster Farm that this event is worth putting on again.

We’ll let you know when!

Paternoster Farm Supper Night at the Bazaar

Pop-up restaurants have popped up in some really wonderful places – and now it’s the turn of the Bazaar


Paternoster Farm

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Interesting Find of the Week – A Tilley Hendon Floodlight Paraffin Lamp

During the Second World War hundreds of small, temporary airfields were set up throughout Britain. Planes, equipment and men were kept mobile; moved to where they were needed.

Tilley & Co. manufactured paraffin lamps in their Hendon factory which were easily lit and extremely mobile and during the war they made thousands of their innovative large floodlights specifically for these temporary airfields. Planes could land safely on runways in fields lit either side by these strong floodlights.  

After the war the spotlights were still produced as work lamps for the domestic market, alongside their other domestic ranges. 


We love our job! We’ve never had one of these large lamps in store before and certainly not seen one that was in use until fairly recently… 

It could be cleaned up – or left as it is.

It could be wired as an electric lamp (at the time of writing Vinterior have a pair of these lamps fixed on non-original tripods for sale at £995) or you could run it on it’s original fuel of paraffin. 

We’re not planning to do anything to it because the next owner can have the pleasure of deciding how to treat it. Could that be you?




To see a refurbished Tilley Hendon Floodlight in operation watch this YouTube film (third party site):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hqADI7gzZ0

Bazaar; we work the way we live…

Practising what we preach…

We know of several people who make a good living recycling, refurbishing and restoring vintage and antique furniture – but then furnish their homes with the same Ikea furniture as millions of other people across the globe. For us though, our work isn’t just a job, it’s an extension of the way that we live. 

Matilda is a beautiful Himalayan bunny and she and her big sister Rosie have been part of our family for 5 years. They live with Henry, a very distinguished lop-eared young gentleman of 2 years who sports gorgeous mustachios and grunts rather loudly if they dare to get between him and his dinner.

The three share a rather swanky bedroom – risqué I know! – of a converted antique gramophone cupboard. We bought it originally hoping to restore it and have it playing at our wedding last September but finally admitted that the mechanisms were beyond repair. We stripped them out completely and they went to a steampunk gentleman who will use the wheels, cogs and trumpet to create steampunk art. 

We cut a hole in the side of the cabinet as bunnies like to have 2 exits from any space in case of predators and the front sound grill serves as another exit. It’s also a great viewpoint of the whole of their bunny mansion, a rather large brick shed in the garden at Robin Cottage, our lovely little farm cottage amongst the trees.  

    

So there we are. Even our bunnies are part of our recycle, repurpose, refurbish, re-love ethos…

Does it reach every part of your life?

 

Caring for Vintage Textiles – Bazaar Tips & Tricks Series


Our New Tips & Tricks series of Blog Posts is designed to help you create a simpler life and incorporate vintage and antique pieces into it.

We’re sharing what we’ve learned ourselves and also where we turn to when we don’t know the answers! 


We’re often asked for information on how to care for various types of antiques and vintage pieces but, despite gaining a lot of knowledge over the past few years, we can’t really be experts in everything…

Instead we’re becoming rather good at finding the right experts to get the information from.

So here is some of the information you might need to help you care for vintage textiles, from the people that really do know best..



Caring for Vintage & Antique Quilts


Caring for Old (& New) Welsh Blankets


Caring for Vintage Tablelinens & Clothes


Preventing & Getting Rid of Moths

Get Ready for the Harvest

Get Ready for the Harvest

The farm is just beautiful right now, our first summer here.

The whole place just ‘smells’ green and it looks lush and full. Young christmas trees have lime green needles at the tip of each branch.

Where the farm is a little wilder, beneath the slow-growing trees, are tangles of brambles. Many of the flowers have been and gone and already a few of the tiny little tight blackberries are beginning to form.

Thousands upon thousands of them.

I can’t wait until the berries are ripe and luscious. My ideal late summer afternoon would be meandering around the farm carrying a wicker basket, collecting blackberries for…well, for what? I love a simple fruit salad, and a crumble. (Maybe there should be a floaty linen dress involved too? And definitely someone taking soft focus photos. And a straw hat. But I digress…)

But there are going to be a lot of berries on the farm. Maybe I ought to preserve some of the fruit?

It’s a long time since I made jam or preserves of any type but I think that I may make a real effort this year. After all, fruit grown in and around our home will taste better.

 

 

In the hope of creating something to be proud of (and something that my family would be happy to actually eat) I treated myself to a new book, part of the Do series.

 

Do Preserve is co-authored by Jen Goss who lives not very far from us in West Wales and whom I thoroughly enjoy following on Instagram – @ourtwoacres .  The book itself is beautiful and easy to follow for amateur cooks like myself – I seriously recommend it to anyone who would like to take advantage of nature’s bounty! 

 

 

Okay, so let’s assume that with the book’s help I manage to make some wonderful jams from the berries around the farm and that its good enough for my family to eat. Well, I want to make it look as good as possible in the jar too, don’t I? After all, if it’s tasty I might want to gift a few jars too! Luckily I found this wonderful little tool online…



Okay, so let’s assume that with the book’s help I manage to make some wonderful jams from the berries around the farm and that its good enough for my family to eat. Well, I want to make it look as good as possible in the jar too, don’t I? After all, if it’s tasty I might want to gift a few jars too! Luckily I found this wonderful little tool online…

Children’s Vintage Fete at the Bazaar – Fri 28th July

 

Last year we ran a very small children’s fete as part of Civic Week in Narberth – a week long festival celebrating everything about our wonderful community.

We were truly astonished at just how many children had never hooked a duck, bobbed for apples or made paper aeroplanes!

We resolved to make our little event an annual one, each year adding another couple of vintage activities and each year supporting a local children’s charity. This year profits will go to funding new books and activities specifically for children at our local library, recently saved from potential closure by the community.

2016

Our 2nd Annual Children’s Vintage Fete is now almost upon us! This Friday (28th July) why not encourage your under 10’s to ditch the screens and enjoy a range of traditional games including hook a duck, tin can alley, apple bobbing, hula hoops, darts and more? Let them enjoy a range of vintage games that you may remember from your own childhood! 

We’ve added more activities this year and now, when you buy a £2 wristband so your child can play all the games, they’ll even get lemonade and a hot dog included in the price!

You can buy a wristband in advance at the store – that’ll help us work out how many hot dogs we’ll need. But don’t worry – you’ll still be able to join us and buy a band on the day.

Oh. And just in case you were worried? We’re got marquees just in case we get ‘liquid sunshine’…













Bazaar Workshops & Exciting Times!

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Welcome to the Wonderfully Creative Space that is the Bazaar Workshop

Our creative space is finally cleared, tidy, painted, furnished and already proving to be everything that we hoped it would. 

Okay, so it took a while. But Rome wasn’t built in a day…

We’ve already held several workshops, as well as introducing a ‘paint-along’ drop-in session for those wishing to create their own chalk-painted furniture masterpiece but wanting the support of a professional while they do it. There are several workshops already available over the next few months, including a repeat of our popular linoprinting workshop, potted hares (Intrigued? Head to our workshop booking page for more information….), tie dying workshop as well as an Italian papercutting workshop and a chair painting workshop!

Bazaar Workshop – Linoprinting

This workshop, led by experienced tutor Debs, allowed complete novices to understand the linoprinting process, taught them the skills to cut their own linoprinting block then see their finished print in the form of a greeting card!

Hosted by Bazaar Workshop – FoxyPheasant’s Chalkboard Workshop

This introductory workshop gave participants the chance to discover how chalk paint can be used to transform an otherwise boring piece. They were given the skills to create a chalkboard to use at home – and the excitement when the gold paint came out was a joy to behold!

Bazaar Family Workshop – Christmas Wreath

It was lovely to see several generations getting creative together over our three Christmas Wreath workshops. Children, parents and grandparents worked together to create a unique wreath to take home, as well as lots of lovely memories.

We’re hoping to add even more over the next few months and develop a full year-round programme of creative activities for the whole family! Visit our workshop page to sign up to our newsletter to find out about upcoming workshops or keep checking to see what’s available. All our workshops are bookable online.

If you’re coming quite far for a visit we may even be able to help you find accommodation – get in touch.

 

 

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Getting Festive



Today our beautiful Bazaar is 6 months old!

I can’t believe how time has flown. So much has happened. The store opened. We got married in September. Now it’s December. It’s starting to feel quite festive around here. Not least because we moved home to live in a beautiful little cottage on a Christmas Tree Farm. How amazing is that? Beautiful frost covered trees surround us; at some point Damian will get annoyed when I ask him to stop the car so I can get another picture…

Our first Family Workshop is to be held soon. We’re making wreaths (and wonderfully festive memories) with parents, grandparents and children in two sessions on 11th December. Already the afternoon session is booked up but there are a few spaces on the morning session if anyone wishes to join us. (It’s bookable in the Online Store).

The store smells of cinnamon, oranges and pine. Our new Christmas card range is selling like hot cakes. There are old classic festive songs playing and rumour has it, that if you’re lucky, you might get to watch a flickering vintage Christmas film while you’re here.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!