We didn’t have any markets this weekend so Jacy and I decided to hit the road and visit a few friends.
On Saturday we went over to Whitefield to see the lovely Fiona of Rose and Lee Vintage Living After a few navigational problems involving a dotty satnav and the long road to Preston and a near collision with a erratic Audi driver we got back on the right track and pulled up outside The Old School which houses her showroom.
Throughout the first floor handmade decorative items including greetings cards, note boards, tea cup candles and custom mix and match cake stands are displayed and add to the overall impact of the room.
Also displayed at the showroom are vintage clothes and accessories by Hummin’bird , mini works of art in cake by Brooke’s Cupcakes
and beautifully presented and heavenly scented hand made bath and soap treats by Kate of The Groovy Gang
We had a great time at the Rose and Lee Vintage Living showroom and would recommend anyone to visit soon. It’s open by appointment during the week and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Please see their site for details.
Sunday’s adventure was a visit to the Treacle Market in Macclesfield. It’s no secret that we would love to be a part of the market and are anxiously waiting for our names to get to the top of the waiting list. A few of our friends and ‘neighbours’ from the Castlefield and Wilmslow Artisan markets are lucky enough to have stalls there so we decided to pay them and the market a visit.
We had feared the threatened ‘big freeze’ may thwart our plans but thankfully we didn’t require the assistance of a snow plough to get over to Macc! We managed without the dotty satnav too so the journey was relatively painless and we didn’t find ourselves en route via Birmingham!
Free parking close to the start of the market was a bonus and we could see the gazebos as soon as we rounded the corner.
One of the first stalls we came across was one of our Wilmslow Artisan neighbours Sheila, from The Vintage China Cupboard featured in the last blog. This was her first time at Macclesfield and was loving the large stall and, after a few ‘blustery’ afternoons holding onto stock, its inherent stability!
We soon came across our friend Gina of Cornelius Potts and Uncle Monty , who is also a regular at Wilmslow Artisan and Castlefield Artisan . As usual her stall looked absolutely beautiful. She’s just too talented and her cards are fabulous!! Spent ages nattering and giggling, as we do, and it wasn’t until I got home I realised I’d forgotten to buy the birthday card I needed – it’s a good job we’re at Castlefield together on Sunday!
Next stop was at the stall of our lovely friends Jodie and Asif, two of the nicest people ever, from Castlefield Artisan Market , the first time we’d seen them since Christmas. We got to sample their amazing cherry liqueur served in belgian chocolate cups and made with fruit from their very own cherry orchard. Not only did it taste great but the stall was so pretty and the liqueur was presented beautifully. Jacy, not a cherry lover normally, was particularly taken with it and quite frankly hasn’t stopped talking about it yet, possessively coveting the bottle we brought home with us!
Although we thought we were just there on a ‘jolly’ today, I wasn’t to be let off too lightly. By the time we’d made our way to Lorraine’s stall, of George’s Gourmet Dog Biscuits fame, it was time for her to take what National Express Coaches call a ‘comfort break’ – in other words, a nip to the loo! We’ve had a stall near to Lorraine often enough now for me to feel ready to step into the breach, confident my sales pitch would be up to her standards and I wouldn’t let her down. I knew the time honoured phrases “all hand made by Lorraine”, “using only natural ingredients” and even, when a customer voiced that his dog had a delicate stomach, “the chicken are a nice mild flavour” which clinched it, I made my sale!
When we’d left Lorraine we had a quick wander up Castle Street and saw a few familiar faces from Wilmslow and Castlefield including the ever smiling Sean with his sushi.
After a few goodbyes and a quick chat with the organiser, (we’re keeping our fingers crossed our name gets to the top of the waiting list or we get the chance to stand in last minute soon), we were homeward bound.
The lovely thing about Macclesfield and the markets we’re lucky enough to be part of is that each brings something unique and its own individual character to the table but what they all have in common is that they are thriving and vibrant markets which are helping to revive an area or high street and breath life back into communities.
The next blog will feature the first Castlefield Artisan market of 2012. It’s on Sunday 5th February on the cobbles at the corner of Duke Street and Castle Street from 10am to 4pm. There are more stalls than ever and there’ll be the usual mix of artisan food and producers, craft, arts, jewellery, homeware, vintage and so much more. The Cotton Town Hot Club will be there from 1pm and there’ll be a great atmosphere as usual so don’t miss out!
Hello! What an interesting and extensive post! I love Fionas place, but I am still yet to go to the Treacle Market!Thanks for sharing x
Hello and thank you for your comment! Glad you enjoyed the blog. Fiona’s showroom is lovely. I wasn’t surprised because I’ve seen how lovely her stall is at the markets we’ve both been at, but I was overwhelmed at just how pretty it was! x
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