As I'm not listing any new items this week,I thought I would show you an item each day that I will be taking with me to the International Antique fairs at Lincoln and Newark.
Today photo is of an Antique mahogany counter top set of drawers from an old Haberdashery shop. It was catalogued as made by 'Clarks' but I can find no indication of this unfortunately.
I'm sorry to have to do this again but I'm going to have to put a stop on orders as from midnight on Wednesday 2nd June until I return from the fairs. I've tried taking along my laptop and keeping the site open for orders but to be quite honest I found it really too time consuming what with trying to sell at the stall and buy at the fairs. So I'm afraid if you are thinking of ordering something on the site then please get your orders in before the stop is put on otherwise those lovely items might be sold at the fairs. Opening again on Monday 14th June.
As well as tending to orders today I've been busy washing white Victorian blouses, pantaloons, nightdresses and skirts as well as ironing beautiful vintage dresses, ready for the fairs. I also got some lovely white on white embroidered fabrics at auction the other week, so they have had a good soak and dried in the sunshine. My husband and I were fighting for space in our tiny garden for as I was hanging out the washing he was cleaning and restoring stock.
Vintage fabric scrapbags listed tomorrow at Rag Rescue
I'm afraid I have to tell you all that we had to put Ludo to sleep this evening. The vet called us in to see him in case we could get a response from him to encourage him to get better. Unfortunately it was a very very sad time. He didn't recognise us and had difficulty standing and could not walk unless aided. The vet suggested that we wait another day which we agreed to but on returning home we realised that there wasn't any hope and so we have had to have him put to sleep. The vet agrees that we had made the correct decision.
So its goodbye to Ludo and I know that he will not only be terribly missed by us but by everybody who knew him especially at the fairs as he had human friends from all over the world.
if I am a little late in sending out emails to you, please forgive me. We have a terrible time since 6pm last night. My husband was away for 5 days last week and half an hour after he returned home, Ludo had a terrible episode. We had given him a bone and thought he had a piece stuck in his throat but it turned out he was having a fit which lasted for 5 minutes. Neither of us had ssen a dog in this state and it was terribly distressing for us all. After half an hour he seemed his normal self, had a drink and ate some food, but half an hour afterwards he started fitting again. the vet said we had to take him in. On the way he had two more fits in the car and three more whilst at the vets even though she administered diazapan. She decided that he had to be kept in and he was put on a drip and sedated. Apparenlty he had two more fits after we left. This morning we fully expected the worst, but although he had a small fit this morning he is drowsy but standing up. They are keeping him under observation and we have to wait until 4pm today to ring up for the verdict.
I would be really pleased if anybody else has encountered this happening with their really healthy full of life dog.
The house seems really empty without him but I'm trying to keep myself busy by wrapping orders and sorting out items for next week. All the weekend orders have now been posted.
Walking Ludo the dog today I decided to stroll through the graveyard. I haven't through there for a while as in this area someone had decided that the graveyards needed to be tidied up. To a point, I would agree but our graveyard was a wonderful habitat for wild animals birds and insects. Squirrels abounded and all kinds of birds perched on the tree branches after they had had their breakfast from the fish which came in on the incoming tide. Not any more, bushes had been chopped to ground level, brambles uprooted and trees felled. We were all devastated.
As Winter has turned into Spring there is new life amongst the remaining trees and bushes and someone has been inspired.
At the end of the path at the very bottom of the graveyard close to the boat yard two stately trees used to stand. They had not managed to escape the saws of the tidy up brigade. All that was left of them was an eight foot high stump.
Every day next week, from Monday 10th May, all orders placed before 9am GMT will get a
Offer ends 9am Sunday 16th May. This offer applies to the whole of the website items.
Refunds for the discount sent either by Paypal or cheque.
Tomorrow, Monday 10th May, Rag Rescue will see the start of Haberdashery week.
Above you can see some beautiful vintage silks made many years ago by Briggs. Each hank is 'Court' embroidery silk floss and they come in a wonderful array of beautiful colours. The colours are still as bright as they were when made. All unused.
There will be 9 listed tomorrow and some more later in the week.
These silks have a lovely shine to them and would be ideal for embellishing your designs.
Made in the 1930s.
To be listed at 7am BST tomorrow on theRAG RESCUEwebsite .
Blood, sweat and tears have been shed over the past few days on this awful problem of payment by paypal when using a Mozilla Firefox browser. Actually my web designer has done the hard work, but I found it such a pain. Computers are really handy until they go wrong. What makes coding work for 18months without a problem and then just stop. Apparently it was something to do with the Firefox or paypal changing their encryption type, it's all double dutch to me.
Still everthing is working again and orders with payments via paypal using FF have come through fine. Just be aware that further updates may change the whole situation again but in the meantime PLEASE let me know if you have difficulties and we can try to sort them asap.
Thank you to all of my customers for being so patient.
On the Rag Rescue stock news, I've just completed pre-listing 45 more new items for next week, nearly all vintage fabrics.
Keep watching the blog for previews of the following day listings.
First preview will be posted tomorrow, and newsletter go out at the same time.
Hope your Spring bank holiday weather is better than it is in Morecambe. It started off fine but has turned really cold again and is raining heavily. Just hope it clears up tomorrow so I can get some gardening done.