The Vintage Ideas market is happening at Simondium’s Country Lodge from 25-28 April and this year visitors will be wowed by the incredible array of vintage and vintage-inspired items. The care taken in showcasing authentic, hand-crafted goods sets Vintage Ideas apart from other markets.

The theme of Vintage Travel has inspired products that not only recall the glamour days of travel in clothing, accessories and travel gear, but also the enchanting mementoes and produce that still inspire décor, gardening and culinary trends today. Exhibitors are travelling from far and wide to bring visitors a touch of the mysterious. Think fashion, accessories, plants, exotic flavours and spices.

Quintessentially inspired by global trends across centuries, nothing speaks vintage as much as ceramics. But what to do with a cherished piece of ceramic from gran’s trousseau or the remaining pieces from mom’s Sunday best that is cracked or chipped? Consulting Dr Porcelain during Vintage Ideas is just the answer. Professional ceramics restorer and conservator Alida Vermeulen is travelling all the way from Murraysberg in the Great Karoo to be at this year’s market. Alida is a well-respected artisan and regularly works on Moorcroft, Delft, Limoge, Rosenthal, Foley, Spode, Lladro, Dresden, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, unmarked European and eastern pieces. She will do short presentations on ceramic restoration, identify pieces and give valuations. Bring along your treasured teapots, figurines and other damaged heirlooms for a professional evaluation and a quote for the restoration of these items – and whether it will be worth it.

Flowers always brighten up any home and Blomlief definitely speaks the floral language. Find exceptional floral designs featuring gorgeous local cut flowers before blooming season comes to an end. Exquisitely vibrant end-of-season dahlias and other autumn garden flowers will add that much needed pop of colour to your home or make the perfect gift.

Numerous other exhibitors are flocking to Vintage Ideas, including Sedgefield-based Yolo, Shayne’s Shed from Kommetjie, Durban’s Lavender Fine Linen, Bella from Hermanus, Boy O Boy and Paarl’s own Salt & Stitch and Ronald West Art & Décor. Ronald will be onsite with his easel and paints and various décor items inspired by his paintings will be for sale.

The market is open daily from 09h30 to 16h00 from Thursday till Saturday, closing at 15h00 on Sunday. Entry tickets are available at the entrance at R40 per adult. Free entry for children under 18. Ample, secure parking is available. Simondium’s Country Lodge is conveniently located between Paarl and Franschhoek and easily accessible via the N1 highway only 60km from Cape Town and a quick 15km from Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass.

For enquiries, please contact 021 874 1046, follow us on Instagram @vintagewilna or on Facebook at Vintage Ideas.