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September 9, 2014 / dorothystiven


Doll's WardrobeHello everyone, hope you have all had a great summer! I know lots of you have been taking the chance to visit fairs and sales in the UK as well as those of you who have sought out those interesting places abroad to feed your Antiquing habit. In France this summer I heard a few British voices at the brocantes I went to, all enjoying the chase, haggling over prices and then wondering how the heck the were going to get that rather large armoire back to the UK!

American Quilts1For those of you who can make it to Queens Park Day (in North West London this Sunday 14th September from noon) you will be able to see what I managed to squeeze into the car next to a very patient spaniel. Lorna and I should be in our usual spot near the bandstand, but if you can’t find us look out for our white gazebo and our chequerboard flooring. We will have our usual mix of painted furniture, linens, paintings, china, lots of sweet childrens’ things, quilts and textiles

Looking forward to seeeing you there!French containers

Love Dorothy x

July 11, 2014 / dorothystiven

July news

parasolsI can’t believe that another year has gone by and tomorrow Lorna and I will be back at the Barnes Fair on the Common. Please pop by, we are in our usual spot, 233 on Crocus Path. Look out for our white gazebo and black and white chequerboard flooring.

We have some great new stock including American quilts, painted furniture, pretty tea sets, pictures, doll’s cots and much much more!

The Fair opens at 9.30 and closes at 4.30. Hope to see you there.

Love Dorothy

Painted cupboard

Patchwork lavender bags

May 20, 2014 / dorothystiven

May news

heart boxWe are just back from the US and returned with cases bursting with textiles, pictures and other cute bits and bobs. I love searching out typically American things, quilts of course but also china ‘head vases’ which were used by florists in the 1950s until the 1970s to hold flower arrangements. These lady’s heads are SO kitsch and getting harder to find so it’s always a great challenge to hunt them out.

I am also always on the look out for embroidered sampler mottos, evoking memories of my childhood as most homes in Scotland in those days seemed to have one on the wall.


I’ll be taking some of these treasures to the Vintage and Handmade Fair at Chipping Sodbury on Saturday May 31st, so please come along and savour them too! More details at . Hope to see you there. Love Dorothy

American Quilts



March 19, 2014 / dorothystiven

Spring update

Spring teaAt last we are able to sit in the garden and enjoy the spring sunshine!

The only good thing about the long winter months is that we can go out foraging for things for our upcoming fairs. In anticipation of some good weather ahead we have lots of stock for outside… including garden chairs and tables, plant pots and garden urns. For inside we have some lovely American quilts, some very useful pieces of painted furniture and lots of pretty pictures. You can, of course, see a good selection at our stand at the Station Mill Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton. It’s open seven days a week and a great place for a good browse followed by coffee and cake. 


No fairs this month but we will be at Kempton on Tuesday 8 April so pop by then if you can and say hello!Sylvac Dog and Rabbit


Love Dorothy x


January 22, 2014 / dorothystiven

January news

Welsh QuiltHappy new year to you all! I hope 2014 is treating you well so far. Already this month we’ve found some great things at various (rather chilly and wet!) fairs some of which are already on the stand at Station Mill. We have lots to keep you warm, my favourites being some very treasured handsewn quilts. I particulary love this one, a Welsh one cloth quilt c 1910. The fabric is just stunning and it’s in excellent condition. Of course I can hardly bear to part with it…

We moved our stand at Station Mill late last year and I’m really pleased with the position, if you’re visiting we are now upstairs, turn left and then into the section on the right. You will see my labels on the stock if you aren’t sure exactly where we are, or ask a member of staff and they will be sure to direct you. Hope you can make it along, stock is always changing and we’ve some gorgeous things at very good prices.

For now wishing you a very fruitful year ahead! Love Dorothy

Station Mill stand


November 6, 2013 / dorothystiven


Station Mill November 2012Our news this month is that we have moved our stand at Station Mill to a lovely new spot. We are still upstairs, but now to the left. You’ll see us two stands in, and if you’re not sure which one is us, just look at the labels and you’ll see

We’re starting to think about Christmas and stocking up on vintage gifts for you to give to all the family and friends so please pop in for a much more pleasant shopping experience than you’ll find in the shopping mall. We’ll be buying in the US later this month so hope to come back with feedsack quilts and quirky bits you won’t see elsewhere which we’re sure will be well worth a look!

Xmas Lavender sachetsHope to see you soon.

Love Dorothy


October 11, 2013 / dorothystiven


tartan rugsI think it’s fairly safe to say now that the Indian Summer has left us and we are well and truly into autumn so we are stocking up on warm tartan rugs, cosy quilts and yes, just beginning to start putting things aside for Christmas!

sloe gin timeThis month we have a new venture coming up, on the 29th and 30th we will be at Ardingly (South of England Showground) for the icaf fair- full details at We will be in the Robyn’s building (ie the Pig and Sheep shed!) which is near the Green Pay Gate, with lots of textiles from the UK, the US and France,  gorgeous pictures, pretty but useful Christmas gifts for adults and children alike and some small furniture bits to titivate your homes for the festive season ahead.

cosy quiltsWe’ve always loved visiting this fair as there is always a huge range of wonderful stands and are really looking forward to joining them. Do come and see us if you’re visiting.

Love Dorothy

September 4, 2013 / dorothystiven

September sales

bowls and tins Summer seems to have been going on and on this year so I make no apologies for including pictures of stock more suited to warm days than chilly nights!

We have been busy buying here and in France in August (with US trips lined up for the winter to stock up for our Christmas Fairs) so have an abundance of gorgeous finds. You can see some of it, as usual, at our stand in Station Mill in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire But if you’d prefer to see us in person, then come along to Queens Park Day in North West London on Sunday 15 September, Stand D8 12-1730. It’s always a fun day out with lots to do for both adults and children alike.


In the meantime, to keep those memories of the seaside firmly in your mind, here’s a picture that might just bring them flooding back. Bought from a shop closing down in the South of France, I still have a few left if you want to grab that last bit of the summer!

Hope to see you soon.

Love Dorothy x

July 12, 2013 / dorothystiven


Barnes2011Just a quick update to say that we will, of course, be at Barnes Fair on Saturday 13 July. The weather looks gorgeous so we’re sure it is going to be a fantastic day. You’ll find us in our usual spot, Stall No 233.

We have some great new stock, lots of stuff for outdoors including deckchairs, windbreaks and planters. Children’s things galore, pretty pictures, piles of textiles and the odd quirky thing to bring back some memories of your own childhood!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Love Dorothy

June 18, 2013 / dorothystiven


French Finds 3Just a quick post to say that our next Fair is Barnes on Saturday 13 July so we are busy gathering lovely things together and will post some pictures soon.

Remember you can see some of our stock at Station Mill Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire if you can’t wait that long!

Love Dorothy x