Vintage sale a big hit at Brancaster

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A vintage sale at Brancaster village hall over the weekend attracted paying customers the moment the doors opened on Saturday.

Anne Minchinton, from Dersingham, whose idea it was, together with three friends, Jackie Ford, Gill Barratt and June Parker, first dipped their toes into the world of selling bygone artefacts as a joint venture three years ago and it turned out to be so successful they are holding five weekend sales over the spring and summer in Brancaster this year.

Unlike antique, which usually denotes an item of quality that is at least 100 years old, vintage refers more specifically to items of high quality and lasting value, irrespective of age, including what best characterises previous generations.

Mrs Minchinton said that what they had on sale ranged from shabby chic, furniture and upholstery to table-top items. She estimated that three-quarters of what was on sale had been restored or refurbished. “I’ve been buying and selling since I was 11. It’s in my blood and Brancaster is a good meeting place for all of us,” said Mrs Minchinton.

She also said they were attracted to the village because of the warm and helpful welcome they got from the hall committee. Pictured above is Anne Minchinton, left, and Jackie Ford trying out a 100-year-old box camera. MLNF16PB05910