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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Going going guide to UK textile & fashion auctions


Inspired (as I so often am) by Lizzie at the vintage traveler, I thought it was about time I compiled a list of UK textile & fashion auctions - well, the ones that I know about anyhow.  Hope this is of interest to you textile lovers out there.  Don't forget you can often listen to the progress of a sale either by logging onto the auction house website or sometimes on the saleroom.com - really interesting for research.  The photo above is of a part of an embroidered Chinese shawl I bought at auction last year.

Kerry Taylor Auctions is in South East London and has amazing sales featuring museum quality items as well as more general mixed lots.  I have sold through Kerry in the past and have always found her and her team to be really helpful and approachable.  I haven't succeeded in buying through her sales (I think Lily Allen often bids in them for her vintage boutique - Lily must have been bidding against me!!).

The Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham holds several specialist sales a year - the next one is on 31st August.  A busy, bustling auction room, packed to the brim with fabulous mixed lots and just a short walk from the delights of Cheltenham, highly recommended.

TW Gaze in Diss, Norfolk is a lovely country auction room.  Once upon a time I lived in Suffolk and most Fridays would find me buying furniture and other interesting items for my pink Suffolk cottage.  I remember I got to know the local Mr Shifter quite well!!  General sales on a Friday which always have several rooms of interesting items, as well as a meadow sale.  Specialist sales usually on Saturdays.  Next textile sale is 20th August.

Bonhams in Knowle in the West Midlands has approx. 3 sales a year - the next one is 26th July.  Have never been to this one although have drooled over the catalogues.  Unusually, you are unable to follow this sale online - commission bids or bidding in person only.

Morphets in Harrogate has a couple of textile and costume sales each year - I registered online for the last sale in the spring and was staggered at how much items sold for!!  Not sure when the next sale is.

Roseberys in South London has textile sections in some of its auctions - the next one is 9th July - I have not attended this auction.

And finally, for all you vintage jewellery lovers, Fellows & Co in Birmingham have special vintage jewellery sales which include large mixed lots of costume jewellery - next sale is 27th June.  I have not bid with this auction house, but their catalogues and archives are very interesting and the live sales can be followed online.

DISCLAIMER - I am not responsible for any monies you end up spending at any auction whether listed above or not!!  Happy bidding folks.







Scarf City


How on earth did we manage before we moved to our current home?  Our previous abode was a charming Cotswold stone cottage complete with beams and sloping ceilings - cute but small, and nowhere near enough space for a serial textile hoarder.  Now I am spoiled and have two rooms for my textiles and sewing.  And you know what? I am nearly overflowing from them!  Today I vow to make some headway sorting through my scarves - of which I have lost count - and above you can see a clothes airer literally groaning under their weight.  Oh no, don't think this is all I have - these are simply the ones I have yet to sort through ....