While perhaps not quite up there with the summer fair in terms of atmosphere (despite the "Special Christmas Vintage Fair" tagline of the advertisements there was really very little to differentiate it from any other time of year beyond some occasional Christmas music and a few decorations) it was still great fun and we - mother and I - were both able to find a couple of things to take our fancy.
Mine has lost the wording
but is otherwise identical
Now, for the second find (mater's, but equally exciting for me too) I must ask any ladies reading - particularly those of you who knit - to please be sitting down or holding on to something because I don't want there to be any swooning. Yes - knitting patterns!
Not just any old patterns, either. Hiding in amongst piles of Seventies- and Eighties-tastic booklets (dubious cardigans, three-piece sets where one of the pieces is a hat - you know the sort of thing) were a couple of absolute gems from a far earlier period... Just feast your eyes on these!
From the 25th September 1937 issue of Woman's Own, a whopping 44 pages of woollen wonders in the Big Knitting Book!! I mean,everything! Look at it all! Quite literally the mother lode.
Pullovers (for chaps too)!
Even the kiddies are catered for!
If that wasn't enough mother also nabbed an "Autumn Woollies" book from "My Weekly, of approximately the same vintage (sadly there's no date to be found in it, but the styles look very much the same and the fact that it has some colour pages and is roughly A4 in size leads me to believe it is also pre-war).
Got your breath back yet? OK, here we go...
Not as many pages as the Big Knitting Book, but still some corkers for the whole family dwell within.
Why not indeed?!
Mater was quite tickled to note that the older, larger lady was referred to as a "matron"...
We chaps are well-catered for too!
By Jove, what a lot of patterns eh? Should keep mother busy well into the next year.
I'll certainly be returning to the next fair on the 26th of January, with an even bigger one scheduled for the 2nd of March at a larger sports hall in Southend, to look out for more bargains, patterns and books for 2014.