22 February 2013

ardingly antiques fair

We haven't been gathering much junk lately, so we rectified the situation by going to Ardingly antiques fair in our van this week. We were after some storage furniture and bits and bobs for our flat...we found some brilliant bargains, we were really chuffed!

don't worry, I didn't buy all these.

We always lust after all the market dogs, we'd really like one, one day.


I didn't find much textiles this time, I usually come back with bundles. Someone must have got there before me!




fossilised socks.


lovely school chairs.



our nipper was so well behaved all day, Im so impressed! She had her first experience of sun light and got to touch grass for the first time, ahhh...
We bought...a small desk, a HUGE plan chest which has deep drawers for our studio refurbishment, a little book case, and draw/cupboard thing for changing table, a stool, a writing desk top, a kettle, 3 x bags, baby clothes, and a lampshade. All but one, we managed to squeeze into our van, leaving not much space to enjoy our post market cuppa. The massive plan chest we had delivered to our workshop.

a few of our findings...
cardigan £5

cant remember how much these were?

tiny basket for Pehr £3

cupboard thingy £60

stool was £8, bookshelf £10.


But, you have to add on petrol cost and £20 each entry fee, ouch! x

22 comments:

  1. I love it there
    Is cold here so I really like the socks

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  2. What a brilliant looking fair! I love the furniture you picked up (seems very bargainous) and the cardigan is just adorable.

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  3. Thanks for the heads up on buying textiles at fairs... I'd rather feel them and see them for myself first than buy online.
    And everywhere seems to sell furnishing fabrics but not dressmaking ones - sigh.
    Cute cardigan btw!

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  4. Goodness didn't appreciate how expensive entry is to Ardingly. Just as well you went with a list, £40 is a lot to pay for a browse.

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    1. yes! but the first day(s)? are for trade, and after that it is £5, but by that time, all the good stuff is gone! We usually buy a lot to be honest, but its worth it just for a nice day out too! x

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  5. the little cardigan is absolutely gorgeous! great finds!

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  6. I would love to have shopped there, fab sites. That little sweater is precious~!
    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

    I am having a fabulous giveaway right here.

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  7. Oohh i do love a bit of junk. The kettle is particularly nice. I'm sure Australia has these type of events, but I feel that they would not be quite the same as the British ones - i think the ever imposing chance of rain has something to do with it. Shall just have to move to Ol' Blighty then!

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  8. I love the blue kettle!!

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  9. Oh wow! You did much better than us! We were there too! But with a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old I spent the day child wrangling more than antique perusing! I did see those lovely little school chairs though and am still regretting not getting one...or two! I also saw Louie Spence there too, which was a bit of a surprise!

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  10. I love Ardingly too, we go at least once a year, I wait till it's a tad warmer though! Nice little stash, we've got a smart car so you can imagine what we look like when we leave :O Cute bookcase and cupboard.

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  11. Love your purchases, what great finds. I was supposed to be doing a spot of gardening today but reading your post this morning inspired me to do my own bit of junk shopping. After browsing around practically every antiques and second hand shop in Sheffield my boyfriend was dead impressed! :)

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  12. Oh my heart skipped a beat, I just love the little bunny in the blue felt outfit.
    What a fabulous day of true treasure hunting.
    Best wishes. v

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  13. Sounds brilliant & I'm loving the basket you found... & all the dogs! xx

    Harri

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  14. I am always drooling over other people's dogs too. Last week we were on holiday with my sister in-law and I loved him being around . When we don't have to both go out to work most days we too will have a dog.

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    1. Ha! My sister in law's DOG- quite a vital word to leave out. Really must get better at re-reading my writing!

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  15. Gorgeous as always. What I wouldn't give to peruse a UK market on a nippy (but still sunny) day... sigh ♥♥♥

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  16. We we nearby in Ashdown forest a few days later: http://aspirationalmouse.blogspot.co.uk/

    I grew up in Ardingly. and desperately wanted to go to the fair but as it never fall on a weekend just can't get there without a lot of planning.

    (note that whenever the fair appears on TV the cost is never mentioned!)

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  17. You must have gone on dealers day at £20 entry. I know its a big fair but try some of the smaller ones, better bargains and sometimes no entry fees!!!

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    1. Yes we always go on trade day as we buy for my shop.
      Ardingly is my favourite fair as it is HUGE!

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  18. Your photos are beautiful. I love the mobile with the fish and whale, too. This is my first visit, but I will definitely be back!

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  19. I love ardingly too but go on the £5 day. I wish i knew you were looking for a vintage cot. i have a beautiful antique wooden one that folds, it needs a castor but is otherwise in great condition. contact me on runwithscissors2010@gmail.co.uk if you are tempted to buy or want more info. x sAm x

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