Well I have to say from a personal point of view that the sales tables were magnificent this year. Probably due the constant lockdowns some people had had a chance to rethink what they wanted to keep and decided to sell things on..
My very first purchase , while telling everyone else that the tables were not yet open! Well had not yet paid for it but was it was clasped in my hand ! Was this little post box.
A bargain at just £2 ! Yes I know it;s too small for most if not all the dolls but I did have a good reason, well I think so, to buy it. I love postboxes !
Here it is with two other small ones I already own, it fits right in.
I cannot quite remember the order of my purchases so I'll just show them and tell you how they came about.
I was up at Ginny, from A Passion for Sasha's sales table, she had a good offer on for the Chat n Snap buy two items and get a t-shirt free ! So these are the items I purchased , along with the lovely two free T shirts.
Could not resist this wonderful print t shirt.
Well while I'm standing there with my sister Michelle , who was also getting a few items, she says looking over at Linda's ( the next table ) " Have you seen those ? " and points to...
Well no I had not but I was picking them up the minute she'd pointed them out !
A perfect size for most of the dolls I own. result !
Now between my sales table and say Ginny's , were Petrana the shoe queen and Jane the props queen, dangerous territory !
So let's start at Jane's , when her and Les were setting up I noticed a beautiful children's china dinner set from the 1930's , my eyes saw it and I carried on but the file in my brain went.....China ! Old ! Pretty ! , so the next time I stopped and said to Les about how beautiful it was and how I adored children's toy china and it's on the big size for the dolls and yes I'll have it thank you !!!
Look at it ! How could I not buy it, six dinner plates, six tea plates, two serving plates, a gravy boat and plate plus a tureen all in this beautiful floral pattern and gorgeous colour !
Look such a wonderful pattern and colour.
It makes me smile just to look at it. I will need to find somewhere I can display it ! Mmm maybe I need Paul to make me a small dresser ! or a wall mounted shelf unit...
Now remember Petrana's Shoe table was just up the way, well she was selling a couple of american girl items, I asked a price of one but it was too steep for me, so I made her an offer for if she didn't sell it by the end and went on my way.
Between these two was Chris M, and seeing I'd bought Jane's doll china, she showed me these.
Some cutlery which is smaller than the dinner set I bought but perfect for my other china, so yes another purchase.
In fact I was looking at Petrana's shoes with a view to some of my non Sasha dolls and found a pair for the little 14 inch Robyn Roche doll, she had sold that pair, so I ordered a pair from her site once I was back home. However seeing me trying shoes on one of my Roche dolls, Chris said she had a pair of old Kathe Kruse dolls shoes she was selling as they didn't fit hers but may fit my large Roche doll.
When she showed them to me, I knew straight away that they would actually fit my Roche toddler Sophy who was in desperate need of some shoes and they were red so matched the red ion her skirt !
Sorry about photo but I didn't have time to remove them or her, but she has been wearing them since I bought them from Chris at the Chat n Snap and she's very happy.
Now I did my a beautiful pair of shoes for the Sasha's from Petrana and would have loved to have bought more but other tables conspired against it !
Look at these beauties.
I did offer her fifty pounds for a box full of the beautiful ballerina style shoes but she said no but she would trade for Paul doing her some work, I said how long for..... She said a year ! I declined as he still as work to do at home ;)
So I was sharing a sales table with Michelle, so of course had to have a root through her items and came across her new Christmas fabric dresses.
So some of the girls are set for Christmas with new dresses.
This one has Olaf from the film Frozen on.
Of course I had to get the boys a couple of her lovely knitted jackets.
Now I was sitting next to Jane Woodward's sale table with
all the beautifully made dolls food. I selected an item with the intention to add many more pieces however I was constant drawn away, here and there or chatting that so in the end I only got the one item which is
This ginger bread house which also lights up !
Now the day was moving on, when Petrana appeared to agree to my earlier price for her item, so more about that later.
I was talking to Les again and looking at a very out there table with two chairs, what I liked about it was the height of the table, lots of tables that look okay will turn out to be too small for the dolls legs to go under, but Chris tried her doll on the chair up to the table and there was a lovely amount of room for the legs plus both the chairs had arms which can help keep the dolls safely on the chairs.
Now I know it's very ' cherry ' but with a nice cloth
It will work well for the dolls. Jane showed me a cutlery set which was bigger, since I'd already bought the smaller set I declined, then once home realised it could have gone well with my 'new' to me china !
So I finally had a chance to have a wander around the tables over the other side.Which was where I came across Dolly Doodle's wears, I could easily have spent a small fortune but these two items I just had to get for the dolls.
One for the boys and one for the girls, although the sweatshirt could be worn by either.
Look at him isn't he just so perfect !
And this donkey is just so cute ! There was another one I really loved but I managed to resist but of course now I wished I'd just bought it and also looked at her stall at the beginning but if I'd done that I'd have had no money left for my other buys.
So there I am speaking to Les again and saying I'm staying away from his sales table as we both walk towards it, from the refreshments area , Les is saying we do have another table and chair set but smaller , so I say no too small and I'm finished buying from you two.. when I see it ! Much like when I saw the coke bottles I was over and picking it up exclaiming at the size and weight.
an old fashioned iron made of metal with a flex made of string with a rubber bung on the end as the fitment.
What's not to love ! So reminds me of my childhood , it would look like an adults iron for the Sasha's which is correct as they are meant to be around seven to nine years old. Now I will need Paul to make me an old style wooden ironing board which I will pad and cover just like back in the day !
So now what's left , well my last buy was from Theresa's table an AG item for the kids,
A butterfly net and basket complete with butterflies inside. They will have hours of fun with this.
Which just leaves the item I got from Petrana, an AG item...
it comes in a large box ! And Granny Fortuna will be singing my praises ... okay I may get half a smile or at least a nod !
A baking / cake counter unit ! I can see Bruno now sleeves pushed up , apron on and elbow deep rolling out the pastry while Granny shouts instructions from across the shop!
The other side of the unit has less shelves and is white.
inside of which these were stored. So a great buy for the props department and also Princess Clara when she's older and if she can wrestle it off granny when she visits!
Well I think that was it from my treasure hunt round the sales tables, I have to say it was probably the best I've had.
I did receive a couple of gifts from friends,
Chris gave me a lovely soft knit scarf and gloves along with a Sasha studio wrapped fake chocolate bar and
and Jane gave me this beautiful cardigan for my Roche doll Emily which went perfectly with her dress .
Petrana kindly gave me a mug with I have added to the CnS mug stores.
I think you will agree I had a fabulous result buying wise at the CnS , now I just need to have a word about that outfit , oh and the bigger cutlery and I wonder if I can het hold of some more of Jane's food....