If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you probably won’t have failed to notice that I love a good rummage in a vintage shop. After living in Manchester for almost 9 years, I knew exactly where to go for great charity shops and vintage markets (the Vintage Village in Stockport was my favourite). When we moved to London last year I was keen to discover what was on offer down South, and after reading a blog post on Roses and Rolltops, we made our first trip to the Sunbury Antiques Market this Summer.
It is held on the second and last Tuesday of each month at Kempton Park Racecourse, and opens at 6.30am. All the photos below are from our most recent trip at the end of November. We arrived at the market at about 7am, but it hadn’t crossed our minds that it would still be dark and there wouldn’t be any lighting! The organised shoppers had torches with them, but luckily it wasn’t too long before the sun made an appearance, in quite a spectacular way. It was absolutely FREEZING, but the frost did give everything a very pretty sparkle!
We usually spend about 3 hours slowly making our way up and down the aisles, trying not to miss anything, but it really is HUGE. You could easily furnish a whole house in one go! Although there aren’t quite as many bargains as I would like, the prices are definitely lower than the vintage shops we’ve found in London. On recent trips we’ve purchased 2 large galvanised planters for £60 each (similar ones are usually about £120 each), an original Dundee marmalade jar for only £3 (usually about £12) and a white metal Amish star for £15 (usually about £30). It’s not cheap cheap, but there is definitely money to be saved.
Top Tip : bring lots of cash. Entry is free, but the stalls don’t take card payments.
Best Bit : the hot cheese toasties, especially when it’s 0℃!