It’s hard to believe: I was just in England three weeks ago.
And already my container full of European finds has arrived on our shores and been unloaded. For a first-ever container buy, this has been a dream.
We left early in October to attend the Lincolnshire Antiques Fair and shop some nearby towns and hidden spots.
The fair was set up very much like fairs here, but look how charming their tents are. And, of course, all the stuff is British and European! I was in vintage-lovin’ heaven.
Annie, a fellow-dealerss and veteran of such adventures, introduced me to a hardworking, knowledgeable family who’ve been in the antiques business for generations. Here’s Johnny, who graciously walked the fair with me, and then followed up with his truck, packing as he went.
After the fair we headed to Johnny’s home base and storage units.
These sheds don’t look like much, but they held some treasures! Our empty container was waiting on this property for us when we arrived. So we shopped the sheds, and then loaded all our finds onto the container.
With our container ready for the high seas, we parted ways with Johnny’s family, Annie, and Linda, and went exploring on our own.
We ‘let’ a cottage in the Cotswolds. With a delightful home-base awaiting us every evening, we drove off in a different direction every day in our little Ford Fiesta.
We headed west toward Wales, stopping at Puzzlewood Forest, an ancient forest which is said to have inspired Tolkien as he wrote his opus, Lord of the Rings. My daughter (and assistant), Katherine, and my niece, Caroline, joined me, and we had a wonderful time. (Don’t they look happy?)
I’ll post more about our travels, but thought I’d just include a few images here to give you an idea of what we were up to.
Leaving England mid-October, just in time to get ready for our October Tag Sale, we came home and got right back into our monthly routine, hoping our container and its precious cargo wouldn’t take too long to arrive.
We weren’t disappointed. Annie had told me to expect it within a month, and Tuesday we got the word that it would arrive at her place in Virginia on Thursday. We quickly ordered our UHaul for pick up in Virginia, and headed down to Annie’s place. You’d think having returned from England and all our buying, that the fun part of the adventure was over, and that all we had left was hard work. That would be true if Annie weren’t involved.
But Annie was involved, so it became a party. At her spectacularly beautiful riverfront home in Virginia. It was a reunion of our traveling friends, Linda, her husband and Annie’s husband. And we added to that, Chip, my dear husband who missed the transatlantic trip, but joined me on the excursion to pick up our loot.
While I was photographing the unloading, Chip and Harry (Linda’s husband) headed out to get our UHaul so that we could get our treasures home.
Four hours, and many, many miles later, we arrived home last night with our haul. But it was only this morning that we opened it up and began carrying things into our barn.
Here’s a quick look.
There’s lots more to unpack and put out, but I just wanted to share this much with you. It’ll all be ready for our opening November 18-20 (next weekend!). Now I’ve got some work to do!
“How was it?” everyone asks. It was almost a blur. Going back through these pictures (which are just a handful of what I actually took) makes me realize what a whirlwind it was. I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do. And I’ll definitely be doing it again. I’ve already got my strategy worked out and some tentative dates on the calendar. This time was a bit of a trial, never having had the guts to do a container shipment before. Now that my appetite is whetted, I’m hooked!
Thanks for reading,