It’s Fair Time! Barnes Fair Sat 11th July 9.30 – 5.30

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It’s Fair Time

Do any of you live near or in London?  Or perhaps you are wondering this Saturday what you and or the children might do?

If you have answered yes to any of these then I have the answer for you.

Come to the Fair!

Barnes Fair is on tomorrow, Saturday 11th July 2015,  9.30 – 5.30.

It is a fabulous event, not only hosting over 300 stalls, attracts around 25,000 visitors each year but has events for children, entertainment and much, much more.

Barnes Fair 2015

The stalls have absolutely everything you could think of, lots of arts and crafts, accessories, food, homeware, jewellery, the list is endless.

I have been going every year as a customer and it is one of my highlights of the diary, but this year I am exhibiting, woohoo I am so excited.

I will be in the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, 49 Station Rd, London SW13 0LF

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

OSO Arts Centre Barnes

 

If you do pop by, please make sure to come in the Old Sorting Office and say hello to me.  There is a cafe inside, so you can take some respite, have a cuppa and peruse the many artisan stalls away from the blazing sunshine as it is proposed to be a sunny, sunny day.

On a side note the Eclectic Odds n Sods shop will be closed for the day, as I will be taking a lot of my stock down to sell.

I invite you to take another peek at the shop just incase you want that essential item, many items being one off that I won’t be able to get again:

Eclectic Odds n Sods

If any of you have had your eye on something and cannot get down there, waste no time and drop me a comment or email at eclecticoddsnsods@gmail.com before tomorrow (Sat), if you want me to set it aside, because it might have gone by Sunday!

If you want to read up on 2014 Barnes Fair to see what it was like, please click here:  Barnes Fair 2014

If you wish to see a full post of what I sell (though I will do one on here later), please click here:

Eclectic Odds n Sods shop post

Eclectic Summer Fresh Blog post

Click this badge to go directly to Eclectic Odds n Sods Shop

I really, really hope I might get to see some of you down there, Happy Days!  Justine xx

 

 

 

Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~ 12 – 4pm

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Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~  12 – 4pm

Don’t forget our local fair is on this Saturday!

Mortlake Summer Fair

Mortlake Summer Fair

You can read up on the 2014 Mortlake Summer Fair here:  Mortlake Summer Fair 2014

Where – Stag Brewery Playing Fields, Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7TH

What

This year’s fair will feature a crafts and produce market, family sports, children’s attractions including inflatables, live music, dance and a karate display, plus a mouth-watering array of food and drink to satisfy all tastes.

Mortlake train station is just four minutes from the fair’s site and the 419 bus stops right opposite the entrance.

How much – £2 for adults, £1 OAPs and U16s free.

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Email: mortlakesummerfair@gmail.com
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here

Shabbytique Vintage Fair being held at the OSO Barnes, Sunday 17th May 10am – 4pm, live singer, shopping & banter!

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Shabbytique Vintage Fair being held at the OSO Barnes, Sunday 17th May 10am – 4pm, live singer, shopping & banter!

I will be down at the Eclectic Odds n Sods stall on Sunday as Shabbytique come to Barnes for the first time.  Let’s give them all our support and wander down on a relaxed Sunday morning to see what shabby chic, vintage or retro pieces that might catch our eye.  There will be entertainment in the form of a singer and he sounds great, you can hear him here:  Shabbytique.  The cafe will be having refreshments, the rest is up to you!

Eclectic Odds n Sods Poster for Oh Darling

Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 7th November 2014 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday 7th November 2014 9am – 1.30pm

It is held just next to the Library in the large hall, full of lots of bargains to be had!

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

You will also find homemade refreshments being served and a nice cosy atmosphere with friends new and old.

There is a waiting list for stalls but if you do wish to enquire the number is: 0208 393 2042

Hope to see you there, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur, LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Sheen Friday Market – next date Friday 6th June 2014 – 9am – 1.30pm

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Did you know that we have a monthly Antiques Market here in East Sheen?

On the first Friday of this month I happened to need to go to the Doctors and on the way I saw some signs for a market which was being held in the large hall next to the Library in the Sheen Lane Centre on Sheen Lane.

Of course, me being me, I can never miss a market or a fair or any kind of explorative shopping, so I headed in.

Having grown up with a step father who restored antique furniture and being surrounded with quite an eclectic array of possessions from all around the world I would imagine that this is what has nurtured my appreciation.

I was not disappointed, it was what I call a ‘proper‘ market.

In that I  mean, firstly there were all types of things there to buy from all corners of the world and from many periods.  The stall holders weren’t novices they had been doing this for years and very happy to chat about the history of each item and for a talkative soul like me made for a very pleasant experience.

They describe their market as selling:

  • collectables
  • jewellery
  • silver
  • bric-a-brac
  • books
  • toys

I found much more than this, so if you are free next month, please do pop along.

Here are some pictures I took on the day, it is with my iPhone so not the best quality.  (you can double click on one picture to pull up a full size gallery)

Details of the next date etc you will find below…

I think this market might possibly be a well kept secret, it has been going since 1985 so I was told.

  • The next date for it will be Friday 6th June 2014
  • Time: 9am – 1.30pm

You will also find homemade refreshments being served and a nice cosy atmosphere with friends new and old.

There is a waiting list for stalls but if you do wish to enquire the number is: 0208 393 2042

Thank you as always for reading and viewing, Justine x

 © Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

 

Barnes Fair Saturday 12th July 2014 – a must for your diary!

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Barnes Fair

A date for your diary!

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Barnes Fair

This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 12th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary.

Though it is a little time away it’s good to get ones diary organised as July tends to be a busy month leading up to the end of the Summer Term sometimes dates like these amongst the many other things going on get missed.

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Fun at Barnes Fair

I have been a few times now, it is good for all ages including children.  My children have a great time, always by chance meeting up with other friends from school, saving up their pocket money and bartering with the stall holders.  I taught them unfortunately at quite a young age to barter and now they do it everywhere, sometimes much to my embarrassment.

This is their 40th year for this event & they are taking on the Olympic theme, please come and take a peek at their official website ~ click here.

Barnes Fair starts off with a fabulous parade, decorated floats to give Nottinghill Carnival a run for their money and are flanked by vintages vehicles.

Following on from this is of course entertainment, fairground rides, quiz’s, live music, food, drink, shopping, did I say shopping?

The eclectic variety of stalls is wonderful ranging from crafts giving opportunity to meet local craftsmen and women, see how things are made, vintage stalls, antiques, modern and so forth.  There is something for everyone and always a bargain to be had.

Monies raised go to the Barnes Common Association as well as local schools, community groups and schools.

Make a date you really won’t be disappointed!

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Valentines ~ what is this all about?

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 So what is Valentines all about really?

Material rose

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Emma Goldman

As you will see from the link here,  The History of Valentines , there are various ‘origins’ as to where Valentines originates, from whipping women with animal skins to love letters, all riveting stuff!

Most people just take it as an opportunity to show affection to their ‘loved’ one, be it from adult to adult, children to adult etc without really taking any interest in it’s origin.

What baffles me sometimes is that really we should be showing these ‘tokens’ of love or appreciation throughout the year, it becomes a bit of a ‘marketing’ frenzy to get us to buy the latest must have offering to feel like we ‘really’ prove our devotion?

That is not to say that I don’t like chocolates or flowers on Valentines, of course I do, but if I had to chose between regular shows of affection and the once a year standard ‘must do’ approach I would go for the former.  Then there might be some lucky people out there that have both.

For those of you on a budget, I have come up with probably some not so new but effective ‘cheaper’ ways to give something on Valentines.

Crafty or cheap ideas for Valentines!

jam jar with flowers

not just for jam!

Find one of those old fashioned shaped jam jars, empty of course, tie some ribbon or twine about it and place inside some flowers, be they from your own garden.

post it note i love you

simplicity

Post it notes are not just for the office, when did you last write a loving note?  You could make it fun, leave some notes scattered in different places, maybe in a work bag, lunch box, in the bedroom for later.

chalk board i love you

Chalky fun

Chalkboards aren’t just for kids either, a great way to let out your inner Picasso and draw something magical for your better half, or why not just keep it simple like the good old days, a heart with initials on the top and bottom inside 🙂

heart shaped biscuits

baking is fun!

Bake some heart biscuits or cut toast in to a heart shape, you can have lots of fun with foods.

valentines card puzzle

Valentines puzzle card

Make a card

Write a poem

Why not get your children to help, let them show their appreciation for their parent.

Gifts that have thought, even if free are so much more valuable than an expensive gift that is just ‘easy’ to buy and takes little conscious effort in choice.  It’s the small things that matter and there are many on budgets that just simply don’t allow for expensive gifts.

Here are some links to crafty Valentines ideas:

Martha Stewart Activity Village (good for children’s activities)

Wonder How To

International Business Times

So what is happening on the retail front of East Sheen this Valentines, who is getting in to the spirit of it all?

There is a lovely article focusing on some shops & services in East Sheen highlighting their Valentines products written by East Sheen Village,  so all I am going to do today is provide you with a lovely little gallery of various shops and their offerings to get you in the mood if you are not already for the day of ‘love’.

The day was against me as I wandered down East Sheen’s High Street, the sunshine, yes I say sunshine was playing trickery rather than being actually useful and giving me warmth and as such pictures of some shop windows proved to be rather impossible, hence I relented which doesn’t take much for a shopper like me and went inside to snap away in some!

The Octavia Foundation, 435 Upper Richmond Rd – 0208 487 1482

This is a charity shop which supports local people during hard times of personal difficulty and or crisis, establishing strong and vibrant communities as well as improving quality of life.

Sheen Uncovered, 281 – 287 Upper Richmond Road West – 0208 876 9845

This is a lingerie & swimwear shop, providing excellent skills in fitting & general advice to get the best fit and style.  Unfortunately the sun was against me at this time, though you can see the mannequins have rather saucy little numbers on, I love the lacy eye masks, reminds me a bit of 50 shades.  Had I gone in you would have just ended up with mannequin bottoms!  Having used their fitting service before I can vouch for how good it is, I am not the easiest of clients, no I don’t have weird breasts, but I do suffer from pain around my ribs, initially worried that this would be an awkward experience, I found myself at ease, able to talk about my issues and get an appropriate product for my needs.

Sheen Living ,  321 Upper Richmond Road West,  SW14 8QR – 0208 876 7203 

I must admit to always going a little camera crazy in here as I am rather partial to popping in just to see what is new and what I can deliriously add to my permanent list called “oh I must have that.”  I sadly note that ‘my’ puggy Christmas cushion bought by  my husband for me as a seasonal present, which I evilly returned due to it’s ermm look (see here for details) is still sitting lazily in the shop avoiding being purchased.  I did mention to the wonderful sales assistant that it might in fact end up becoming a shop icon, she looked at me with what seemed horror which can only indicate to me she feels the same way about poor puggy cushion.  Surely there is someone out there that likes it?

Shelter, 337 Upper Richmond Rd, SW14 9QR – 0208 878 4990
 

Helping those in need of housing and much, much more.

Oh Darling, 226 Upper Richmond Road West,  SW148AH – 020 8876 7226

Another one of my favorite shops, ideal for presents and downstairs of course are the beauty rooms, don’t forget a perfect present could be buying a gift token for a massage or going the whole hog and booking one as a surprise one weekend.

Sandrine, 239 Upper Richmond Rd W, London SW14 8QS -020 8878 8168
A truly yummy shop, I think some people forget about buying chocolates for Valentines as being too traditional or predictable, but for a chocaholic like myself that is catastrophic, there can never be too many chocolates in a girl’s life.

And there I leave you, Ladies & Gentlemen, hoping that you have a very merry, perhaps seductive, perhaps loving, the variations are endless, but have a great Valentines! xx

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk