An eclectic mix of unusual and funky items for your house or garden including a bumper car, London underground signs, pinball machines and 16 foot fibreglass orca whale were all available to buy from over 70 stalls at the Fawley Decorative Fair last weekend at Fawley Hill.
Many visitors enjoyed taking selfies with the large orca whale which was being sold by Paul Drewett. Paul said, “I don’t think many people thought it was for sale (priced £2995) though. I don’t know where it originally came from as I picked it up on one of my buying journeys. I think though it must have come from an Aquarium visitor centre somewhere.”
As well as browsing and buying things for their homes and gardens, visitors could enjoy rides on the steam train, visit the animals in the sanctuary and see old vintage cars, traction engines and military vehicles on display. There was food, drink and live music at the pop-up Crooked Billet pub and afternoon tea and cakes in the Time for Tea vintage tent.
The fair was raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care and on Friday evening there was a preview party which raised money for the charity too.
Lady Judy McAlpine who owns Fawley Hill said, “It is the second year I’ve organised the fair with the help of Gary Wallis who knows all the traders so between us I think we’ve done a really good job. We’ve got lots of the right people in. I would have liked to have seen a lot more people coming and more spending than just looking but it is difficult. A lot of these dealers are going to be coming to the Trad Boat Festival in July so they will get a second bite.”