Monday, 27 June 2011

Day trip: Sunbury Antiques Market

A few weeks ago at the very start of my six week sabbatical from work I went to Sunbury Antiques Market with my friend Lucy.  We've been meaning to go for years but as the market only takes place on two Tuesdays a month we've never got round to it, until now!

Sunbury Antiques Market is essentially a trade market (hence the weekday) but it is full to the brim of amazing finds. In fact a lot of the shops in London (Harrods, Selfridges) go to this market, buy cheap and whack the price up big time.  You can get 1970s coffee tables for £25, in fact you could furnish your entire house here for a steal. But you have to get there early.  We arrived at 6.30 after the obligatory McDonalds breakfast and by 7am had already made some great purchases.  It's a great sense of achievement getting up so early, and when it's to buy some amazing pieces it's no problem.  When it's work, that's a whole different ball game!

I ended up buying a lace top (£25), a matching pair of 1970s lamps (£90) and a crate (£5).

We fell in love with these 70s perspex chair, only £85 for the pair.  If I had the room in my flat i'd have bought these in a second, but at the back of my mind I could head the Bot, like the Devil on my shoulder, shouting WTF, we don't have any room!




Luce checking out the furniture


This beautiful 1960s side unit caught our eyes straight away, and when we saw the price-tag of £75 we were gobsmacked!  And after a bit of negotiation, Luce got the dealer down to £50. £50!! I know, we couldn't believe it either, you'd pay at least £200 in London for this.








My new crate before...


My new crate after...and home to my new herbs which i've been growing from seeds for a couple of months.  Unfortunately the basil seems to have died of but the Parsley and Rosemary are blooming!
The lace top - I tried to knock the lady down to £20 but she wouldn't budge, grrrrr.  But she did tell me she sells at the vintage fairs in London and normally charges £45, which I don't doubt!




The daddy lamp




...and the baby lamp
And in other news i've snuck off with the Bot for a little break. I'm sure you're thinking WTF, she's only just come back from Turkey! I know i'm incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to go on these holidays.  And before you think i'm a total bum, let me explain...first of all I work for a wonderful company who, after 5 years service, offer a paid one month sabbatical, which is how i've been able to take so much time off!  And secondly I've been saving up for a long time in order to pay for my trips. 


When you read this we'll be in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  I've never been to Croatia so i'm super excited to check it out, and to top up my tan of course, ha ha!!

I'm back in town on Friday but i've got a few posts planned for this week, so enjoy.

Big love all xxx


p.s. are we friends on Twitter yet?

7 comments:

  1. Dubrovnik is absolutely stunning! Loved it there. I think it's brilliant that your work are giving you a paid sabbatical, obviously shows what a hard worker you are and how much they value you, so certainly don't feel guilty for it!x

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  2. I totally loved Croatia, visited Dubrovnik, the elaphiti isles and stayed in mlini - its juts beautiful - have a fab time.

    The morrocan oil was from Beauty Expert but you can get it in salons, ebay etc. The small bottle has lasted me ages :)

    The doll on fashion

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  3. £20??still a bit too much but its so beautiful!!xx

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  4. Wow, that market looks fantastic. I'd love to stock up there but I have no room for anything else in my flat either. Have a great time in Croatia! x

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  5. Oh I love such markets,
    and wowie that jacket is great!

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  6. Love the blouse, the rings especially and of course tha tan!

    The doll on fashion

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  7. Sorry that comment was meant for the above post! and *the mispelling....

    The doll on fashion

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Clazzerati xx