Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>A true diva is only as good as her contacts…. And I must confess my little black book is bulging with great names and addresses! The success of my company – The Antiques Diva & Co European Tours – depends entirely upon the contacts my Diva Guides & I make in the field. After all, it’s our job to take you to the best antique, vintage and flea market shopping on this side of the pond! Recently I’d posted a comment on Facebook about our tours/england/ ” target=”_blank”>English Antiques Diva Tours and a Facebook Fan wrote me a note sharing a few addresses she thought I should check out in the UK. As Julia and I chatted back and forth I gave her my email address and asked – “Would you mind sending me an email with your favorite places to antique shop in England?” Expecting only a few lines, I was delighted by Julia’s response! She wrote,
|top”>If you are planning to come south in England on any of your antique trails, I can recommend Sussex as a great spot to visit. Ardingly Antiques Fair is a good starting point – I am sure you know it, but if not it has around 1,000 stalls and runs over two days on a Tues/Weds.
Stable Antiques is in Storrington which is a pretty village at the foot of the South Downs. The building is literally an old stable complete with flagstones, cobbled floors and is packed with items. There are around 30 plus dealers in there and we get visits from the trade, shippers and the general public. It’s open every day from 10am-6pm, except Bank Holidays when it opens from 11am-5pm. Stock changes all the time but includes painted furniture, garden and home items, vintage items, French antiques, pretty china, glass, silver, jewellery – pretty much anything!
Close by is the village of Pulborough where you’ll find a very pretty shop called torepulborough.co.uk/” target=”_blank”>The Corn Store which is next to a bridge over the River Arun. Again, it has a lovely mix of dealers and also a lovely little tea shop. But take note, they do not open on Mondays and their hours are 10am-5pm during the week and shorter on a Sunday.
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From Storrington, it is a short trip to Arundel which is a stunning small town with a castle and cathedral. The iconic Spencer Swaffer has a shop on the main street in a gorgeous Georgian building – and they have 4 floors packed with wonderful, eclectic items. You could spend half a day in there quite easily. There are lots of little shops in Tarrant St, some are antiques shops and others are more craft oriented.
The town of Petworth is another well known antiques destination – you’ll find higher prices than elsewhere, but if someone has the budget, it’s definitely worth a look. The town has one antiques centre and quite a few individual shops, plus tea shops etc.
There are also great boot sales on a Thursday and Saturday at Ford – the old airfield, near Ford prison. A huge amount of people sell here, including house clearance and antiques and come from all over England to do so. It is a real dealers’ market, very hectic and aggressive. Not for the faint hearted – but bargains abound.
Other places of interest include:
Denmans Gardens – good cafe and a lovely nursery to visit near Chichester
Architectural Plants – nursery specialising in unusual, tropical and other plants
Petworth House – National Trust owned property with lovely old kitchens – often have events running there as well
Back into the heart of Sussex, some friends have opened a vintage shop in an old country barn – Swallows Brick Barn, near Shipley. They are on Facebook and have lots of painted furniture, vintage clothes, pretty china etc. Open Thurs-Sunday but if you Facebooked them they may open for you on another day!
Another market which I sell at is tonantiques.com/” target=”_blank”>Sunbury Antiques on Kempton racecourse – again, I am sure you know this well but it is a fantastic place to visit and is held twice a month on a Tuesday.
I hope the information is useful. I would love to come on one of your French tours someday – I love your blog and hope to see you in Sussex some day soon!
Happy Shopping in England!
The Antiques Diva®