2 September 2009

massive market!

Another market! We left the house around 4.30am and headed down to Sussex for the big antiques fair.

Some friends of ours are over here from Japan buying furniture to sell in their shop in Tokyo. We are also thinking to buy some furniture for our future second shop (still a pipe dream at the moment!). We need, chairs, a low table, cabinets, fabric and any other interesting interior things!

We thought this may be a tad over the limits of my upholstery skills!

But we did buy this little sofa! Its much smaller in the flesh, but our customers will be Japanese, who mostly have tiny bums (so I've noticed). I'm thinking a new paint/wood stain job and new covers for this one.

I regret not buying these chicken pictures, I love'm!

Nao is collecting satchels for him to repair and spend ages oiling, I don't get it?!

Some little display items for our jewellery.

This is a kiddies bike basket, really small, hopefully will fit my mini Moulton bike.

More display for the shop, unused perfume bottles.

And tons of this china going too cheap to walk away, there is a whole tea set minus the tea pot.

I bought two silk slips in perfect condition.

After realising that we didn't actually buy as much as we thought we would, we decided to make the most of the day and visit Hever Castle which is quite near by the market.

Apparently, this was owned by Anne Boleyn, then, when she married Henry VIIIth, he chopped her head off then gave this casle to his forth wife. What a Gentleman he was.


  1. Ooo as per usual some interesting finds - loving the mini sofa. Can see you sipping tea on that! Jxxx

  2. lovely, lovely. like the silk slips and the box of unused scent bottles especially.

  3. I love the beyond repair chair! Poor thing... if even you can't save it, it must be doomed! The little sofa looks so sweet - great find as always!

    Pretty castle too :)

  4. Wow! I wish our flea markets looked like that! Love your blog and your jewelry designs... fabulous!


  5. wow so many good finds! the chairs look amazing and the little sofa you got is too special! i am so jealous, i need to find markets like this in america !

  6. wow, you go to such great fairs! I know you're in that business, 'n all that, but is there a way of finding out where the nearest one is to you? I'd love to go to things like that, they just don't seem to happen around here :( Would also love to go to hever, I'm a tudor fanatic, didn't realise he gave it away after he killed her, though it was her familys.

  7. Argh! I could have bought a box of that green and white china at the car boot on Sunday for £7! I have been seriously kicking myself all week about it. But at least I can remind myself of the lovely pattern on your blog. Fantastic finds. my heart always flutters when I spy something that just has to come home with me. In the next few days I will post about my £1 cusions. They are very exciting. As exciting as cusions get, believe me. Lx

  8. I love the chairs in the first couple of pictures. Your markets have waaaay better stuff then anything I've seen around here. I also love the items you got for displaying your jewelry!!

  9. Gosh what amazing finds!I think I may need to visit that market next time we head down to Sussex :) I love your little sofa. It's going to look absolutely gorgeous done up! x

  10. What great finds! Especially the china, I'm addicted to the stuff at the moment! I love your blog. I missed all of the boot sales this year so I will just have to get my bargain hunting fix through you I think! Becky :-)

  11. what an adventure! I would love to go to this flea market!!
    that china is just pretty!