Arundel Eccentrics Antiques
Yep, its another wild wet morning.
Severe gale warnings.
100 mile an hour gusts forecast.
Roll on Spring
Antiques and Interiors 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 treat. The car boot starts early . Sellers queue and snooze in cars and vans from around 3am. Some come for miles as Ford Car Boot is renowned for being the best in the area. Vendors even 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 down Tarrant Street you will find Antiquities, Vintage Maison, Gasnier and Daughters and Nineveh House. A myriad of antique and vintage items of furniture or small collectables.
If its art you are after look no further than the Zimmer Stewart gallery or Arundel Art Room.
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 with its many antique canes. 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, Spencer Swaffer Antiques, Scandinavian Collectables, Crown Antiques, Bridge Antique Centre and Arundel Antiques Warehouse..........Phew
Maybe stop at the vintage style cafe, Lula Mae for sustenance.
Or the Tudor Rose and afterwards peruse the area in their basement displaying antique and vintage small items.
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, Harmony Trading, Arundel Eccentrics and Nass Interiors all trade from what is fast becoming a snoopers paradise.
You will need to drive to The Vinery at Poling just outside Arundel. It's one of the areas 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.
Most are open in the week and Saturday morning, but be aware the gates are closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
There are antique and interiors traders working from all manner of places. Check out the farm shop at Crossbush just up the road from Arundel and you will find as well as their free range organic meat, vintage items stacked up just outside the front door. If its antique mirrors you want, you might want to contact Clealls Antiques at Lyminster who work by appointment from their lovely home.
For details of antiques and interiors venues and their opening times go to ;
Ardingly Antique Fair
Ardingly Antique Fair is coming up.
Here are a few pictures from warmer days.
Its next week
Tuesday 18th February
Wednesday 19th February.
|our stand at a previous Ardingly|
If you've never been its worth going on the first day.
The second day is £5.
Quarter the price
Quarter of stalls....... many stallholders leave after the first day, which is known as trade day.
Its worth paying out...trust me.
The £20 covers the two days so you can always go back if you want another look.
Heres our latest workshop dates.