Bazaar Winter Makers Market – Dec 2nd 2018

Why a Makers Market?

 

Last Christmas I visited a 'Christmas' Market. Honestly, I was beyond disappointed!

We think the people of Narberth (and indeed Wales) can do better. There's a wealth of talent in Wales; a new wave of talented makers creating beautiful goods sustainably and not an import in sight!

We decided to bring together talented makers and award winning food together in a celebration of the season.

 

 

 

How Will This Event be Different?

 

Simple - it will look, smell and taste festive and special!

 

The Market is an evening event; it will be cold and dark so beautiful lights and burning Swedish logs (as long as it's dry) will light the area.

There will be freshly roasted chestnuts and Welsh Street Food Champion 2018 Paternoster Farm will be serving up an amazing menu with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients.

Award winning seasonal and festive sorbets and ice creams will be available from Fire & Ice who make their products right here in Narberth.

(There may even be something warm and mulled too - but shhhh...it's a secret!)

The store will be open and the additional marquees will be heated so visitors can enjoy browsing.

Makers include basket makers, hand knitters, textile sewers, wood turners, yarn weavers, fabric printers, paper folders, jewellery creators, willow weavers, spoon whittlers, folk artists and... well, you'll have to join us and see! 

If you want to get creative then you'll have the opportunity to be a maker; paint your own ceramic festive tree decoration and collect it from Creative Café once it's been fired in the kiln.

Add our market to your diary and support local makers and your local economy this Christmas!

Time for more change…

It's been a wonderful summer so far...

 

...but there's the faint smell of change in the air.

Have you noticed it?

It's still warm when the sun shines but the evenings are becoming just a little cooler...

It's not autumn yet - but there's a whisper that it's on its way...

 

We've had an incredibly busy summer so far. During the rare day off we've been chatting about our ideas and plans for the future of the Bazaar.  We want it to become a collection of specialists, each with something very special to bring to the store. Our vintage and antique tool specialist has built a dedicated following over the past couple of years and his attention to detail, knowledge and breadth of range has seen him become the first port of call for many customers. Our own rustic (and sometimes quite primitive) stock also appeals to a certain customer and they revel in the fact that there will always be something fresh / rusty / beautifully chippy to consider bringing home.

 

We'd like to expand this idea of specialism, so a couple of our previous traders will be moving on to make way for others that will work more effectively towards our plans for the future growth of the Bazaar, either through their specialism or exciting eclectic mix of treasures. It means that we will soon be sharing with you a specialist folk art trader, a trader focusing on vintage engineering, and there's already the beginnings of a vintage cocktail collection with gorgeous high quality glassware. It was only designed to be a temporary display but it's popularity has encouraged us to extend it's life... 

 

Our small cabinet area is steadily growing to include other specialists; we're looking forward to seeing beautiful Georgian glass and possibly a specialist comic book trader!  It's all terribly exciting, and I've probably forgotten to mention half of what's going on, so you'll have to pop in and see for yourself. The changes will mostly take place at the end of August into the beginning of September, but there are already a few in place.

 

We're having fun creating this special place for our customers to enjoy - now all we need is for you to choose to shop independent, shop local and continue to enjoy it with us!

Exciting Expansion – Bazaar Garden & Salvage Now Open

Bazaar Garden & Salvage Now Open!

Drive into the Bazaar car park (which is round behind the store) and you'll see ahead of you some big, rusty, corrugated gates. This is where you'll find the latest expansion of the Bazaar - our new Garden & Salvage yard.

It's not huge but it's already filling up with beautiful garden pieces and the first of our fresh salvage stock...

The moss chair is a fascinating piece in the yard; once an unloved chair, not worth enough to pay to be properly reupholstered, now she's covered in living moss. We're already planning a little facelift for her again over the next week or so...

The lovely Lyndsey from The Wildflower Nursery has planted up some beautiful containers full of native wildflowers to show that you don't have to own a meadow to be able to create a beautiful wildlife and environmentally-friendly wildflower area. We stock some of her healthy wildflowers plants in lovely coir pots to get you started.

 

We're building up a selection of lovely garden pots and planters, garden furniture, statuary and some truly eclectic items that will all go to create the beautiful outside space that you deserve.

We're also starting to build a selection of more traditional 'salvaged' items, tiles and gates, doors and a variety of interesting bits and pieces - but obviously it will take some time to collect a large amount together.

 

 

 

The Garden & Salvage area is open most weekends and Mondays, with opening at other times available upon request, staff permitting.

Please telephone before making a special trip out to visit the G&S yard - although the store itself  is open 7 days a week.

 

We're looking forward to seeing you very soon...

Exciting Expansion – Bazaar Garden & Salvage Opening Soon!

Exciting Expansion - Bazaar Garden & Salvage Opening Soon!

Gardens have more recently become more of an extra living space than the traditional domain of grey-haired ladies with floral gloves, aprons and lethal secateurs snipping immaculate roses (ok, maybe that was just my grandma), probably due to the shrinking size of new-builds and the cost of getting onto the property ladder. Space is being grabbed from anywhere possible - attics, cellars and now gardens, to fulfil the additional needs of growing families, instead of  them simply moving to a larger home.

We love the fact that as a result, gardens are becoming styled in the same way as our homes; just look at the popularity of Selina Lake's latest book, Garden Style. She approaches designing an outside space in exactly the same way as an inside one - but with greater scope for including nature. Personally it's something we've always done; for example, my potting table is a mid-century dressing table and the bunnies sleep in an old gramophone cupboard. It's nice to see this idea of garden styling becoming more mainstream rather than me being the only crazy lady who hangs mirrors in her garden...

So, almost 2 years after we first opened the Bazaar, we are expanding.

We've creatively sectioned off a portion of our outside space and set about creating a Garden & 'department' that stays true to the ideals of the Bazaar.

There's a selection of garden furniture, planters and cast iron gates set between other more unusual pieces such as an antique corn shucker (boy, is that thing heavy!) and a beautiful (and rather large) hayrack. We're gradually adding to the stock, after all, the Bazaar itself wasn't built in a day either, but you'll definitely be able to get a taste of what we're doing from day one. Which is, by the way, Saturday 28th April! The date was chosen to coincide with a lovely annual town event - The Big Plant Sale.

Opening day will also see mini-workshops in making your own willow obelisks for your garden - ask at our stand at the plant fair or in the main store for more details.

 

 

We're also really excited to announce our new collaboration with The Wildflower Nursery.

Bazaar Garden & Salvage will soon be stocking a range of different native wildflowers from them to help you bring wildflowers and the wildlife that they encourage back into your outside space. Their expert knowledge will help you choose the right plant for the right spot - you can even get specific about what type of wildlife you want to attract!

Lyndsey from the Wildflower Nursery will be at the Big Plant Sale alongside us so come say hi.

 

 

It's all so exciting!

 

We're looking forward to seeing you very soon...

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


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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