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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Arundel, Antiques in and Around the Town and Us

Arundel


A town like no other,
Castle and Cathedral dominating the skyline
a river meandering through.



A history dating to Roman times.

Houses built by Napoleonic prisoners of war.

A landscape that surrounds the town to take your breathe away.

An interesting population many of whom have lived here since birth 
and who declare with pride
"I am a Mullett."
The name given to anyone born within the town.

Artists and musicians abound.
The Festival in Arundel draws thousands.......











Festivals and theatre trails
art and concerts from rock to gentle classical.








Here's just a taste of the town and some of its people.........
















































































Stunning hey?



Antiques in Arundel



Looking for antiques or interior pieces?
Something interesting for your home.
Maybe a cheap and cheerful battered bargain
 to paint and up cycle with your own individual style.



Or a beautiful investment decorative item
that you can put immediately in pride of place.

Your taste in interiors could be traditional
 or it might be contemporary.
 Possibly even bordering on the wacky.



Alternatively you might just want to browse
 and see what catches your eye and suits your wallet.


Arundel with its diverse collection of individual shops ,
warehouses and car boots, could hold the answer.


Lets start with the latter.

 If you have never driven down to Ford
 airfield bleary eyed at 7.30 on a
Thursday or Saturday morning you've missed a real treat.

 It’s an antique and vintage hunters dream.








The car boot starts early.
Sellers queue and snooze in cars and vans from around 3am.






Buyers come for miles as Ford Car Boot is renowned for being the best in the area.
London buyers are often to be seen purchasing for their shops.


Vendors travel from France and Holland.






You COULD saunter down later in the morning after a leisurely breakfast.

 But you would miss the buzz.




Trade and private buyers alike, dashing to peer into the backs of unloading vans and cars.
 The deal often clinched before the item has even seen the light of day.

You'll possibly walk back to your car clutching a real gem of a bargain.

 But if you haven't found that perfect item, there are local flower and book sellers,
bread stalls and coffee stands to help you cope with disappointment.




And there's always next week.



 Back in Arundel itself and within a very short walk along
 Tarrant Street you will find
Arundel Interiors,

Dinky Donkey Delights



Both of which sell a combination of old and new items.


Arundel Interiors

http://www.thehoarde.com/dealers/arundel-interiors


Antiquities, http://www.antiquitiesarundel.com/









and Nineveh House.
http://www.arundel.org.uk/details/nineveh-house-antiques-and-crafts
with its myriad of antique and vintage items of furniture or small collectables.



Lavender House and Garden have antique pieces
 of furniture to compliment their beautiful flower displays
as well as being the local stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. www.lavenderhouseandgarden.co.uk/

While you wander, do look beyond the main streets,
for Arundel holds so many hidden gems.

Go inside the arcade in Tarrant Street
 and check out the Walking Stick Shop
jam packed with hundreds of antique canes.
www.walkingstickshop.co.uk











If you are looking for an antique picture restorer


 you'll find one in Tarrant Street.
In Arundel High Street, there is the Old Print Shop selling the most beautiful original antique prints

Spencer Swaffer Antiques,
http://www.spencerswaffer.com


The Militaria Market http://www.themilitariamarket.com/


At the bottom of Arundel High Street is
Arundel Bridge Antique Centre
One of many interesting stands in
 the centre is right at the top http://www.arundel-photographica.co.uk/


Venture over the bridge and down the little alley next to William Hill.
Turn left at the end and you will find the only
 remaining buildings of the 19th century Arundel Swallow Brewery.


Relatively untouched, the three large brewery
 warehouses are now home to decorative
antique and interiors showrooms in the quirkiest of settings.

French Loft's warehouse showroom,
www.frenchloft.com













Harmony, www.harmonyantiques.co.uk









And Arundel Eccentrics
www.arundeleccentrics.com


About Arundel Eccentrics


"Husband and wife, Nass and Brenda
 have been in both Arundel and the antiques business for over 20 years.

Their decorative antiques showroom in the
 19th century brewery warehouse is hidden
 down a little side street in the town.









Once the Swallow Brewery it now houses
an interesting and diverse collection of English and French decorative antiques.










The couple live in a Victorian cottage at the other end of the same road. The studio down their garden sits by the river and is where they restore
Victorian bamboo and chest of drawers, run decorative paint workshops and entertain.



Arundel Eccentrics unique quirky style of decoupage on English 19th century pieces has brought them to the attention of national and international interior magazines.













 They have also appeared in TV programmes
 such as 60 Minute Makeover and BBC’s Celebrity Road Trip.







It has now brought them to the attention
of Liberty in London where they have a collection of their decorative antiques on the stores 4th floor.















The Vinery

You will need to drive to The Vinery
 at Poling just outside Arundel,
 http://www. antiquesatthevinery.co.uk

It's one of the area’s best kept antique shopping secrets and well worth investigating.
 The site was for many years a mushroom farm.
Now the long tunnels are home to antique dealers and restorers.

 There is even a shipper should you want to send antiques to far flung destinations.
Steve Belt Antiques  and Shipping

Most are open in the week and Saturday morning,
 but be aware the gates are closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

  Clubhouse Interiors http://www.clubhouseinteriors.co.uk/

there are antique and interiors traders working from all sorts of places.
 If its antique mirrors you want,
you might want to
contact Clealls Antiques at Lyminster
who work from home by appointment.
 http://www.cleallantiques.co.uk/

or details of antiques and interiors venues
 and their opening times go to ; http://www.arundel.org.uk

have a great day

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