A short post from me this morning on Ardingly Antiques Fair, held at the South of England showground near Ardingly, west Sussex, which starts tomorrow, 18th June, for two days. It’s the largest antiques market in the south east of England and there is something for everyone, from the serious antique collector to the vintage furniture and textiles enthusiast. If you are looking for something different for your home, or just enjoy rummaging at markets it’s worth a visit. A few snapshots (taken on my iPhone so please excuse the quality) from my last visit below:
You can usually find a range of antique and vintage European linens and old grain sacks.
Vintage European hemp and linen
A selection of vintage Welsh tapestry and traditional check blankets
If you are interested in textiles, look out for Wayward, which is also at Portobello Road market on Fridays, selling vintage haberdashery, trimmings, ribbons, suiting and shirting, and old pattern books.
I’m not keen on taxidermy but it seems to be popular at the moment and there was a stall with everything from a stoat and a peacock, to a stuffed alsatian and the alligator below.
Old Containers And Agricultural Equipment
I’m always on the look out for something other than boring, conventional, pots for the garden and there were lots of interesting old containers at Ardingly: old milk churns, slightly battered round tin containers with handles, glass bottles and jars, all of which make great plant holders. I found these lovely old ceramic jars on one of the Hungarian stalls. They aren’t watertight but are perfect for the garden.
Hungarian ceramic jars
More information on the fair can be found at: http://www.iacf.co.uk/ardingly/.