Traders at Antiques Bazaar in Crewkerne, Somerset, have created a calendar firmly in the spirit of that produced by the Women’s Institute, the trailblazing example launched in 1998 and later celebrated in movie form.
Each month depicts a trader, or trader-couple, “tastefully posed, dis-robed, but their modesty preserved by their stock”, says the centre. ‘Old Father Time’ stars in January; an ‘Easter Bunnie’ for April; ‘Halloween Hi-jinks’ for October; and mince pies and sherry for December, with many others in between.
The calendars are for sale only from Antiques Bazaar, at a cost of £10 each plus £3.20P&P if mailed (email email@example.com or call 01460 77121). All proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK, as Antiques Bazaar funded the photography, design and production costs.
Antiques Bazaar is marking its 10th birthday in 2022 and the calendars are the first of many fundraising initiatives planned for next year, culminating in an ‘evening of fun and festivity’ around August 1, the opening anniversary date.
The business occupies a former textile weaving mill. Since 1988 the premises have been known for house clearances, and antique and modern furniture.
Then in 2012 the operation evolved into an antiques centre and is currently home to around 80 independent traders.