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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Ford Car Boot, Antiques and Vintage around Arundel, The Vintage Garden and Mangan Antiques.

Arundel Eccentrics.

Ford Car Boot

The Car Boot
is on today.

Every Thursday and Saturday.

Ford is just down the road from Arundel.

Past Ford station, but before Ford open prison.
You can't miss it.

You will know it by the 
World War 2 airplane that stands at the entrance.
Ford was once an airfield, 
 and was well used during the war.

Sellers come from quite a distance.
As do buyers.
I've met people who come from London.

Sadly I didn't make it this morning.
Nass always goes. If I'm not
 ready to leave the house by 7.15 
he either goes without me,
or sits in the car with the engine revving.

I spent yesterday evening with
 old friends in Worthing.
Would you believe, school friends.
We take it in turn to cook dinner.
Been doing it for years.

How we find stuff to talk about after all that time, 
Ill never know.
But we do.

Anyway, after a great dinner
a few glasses of vino and a late night,
I decided to stay where I was.

By the way we have even taken some of our US antique trade clients there.
They love it.
We take the van and they load up all their finds.

Just never know what you will find......

 Oh dear ....I really should have crawled out of bed...............

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.

Here's our favourite place at the Vinery 
and one of our most favourite places ever.

Vintage and bespoke luggage,
decorative pieces.....

If you are trade you will adore it

You need to make an appointment just to be sure they are there.

I do have some pictures here somewhere.
Can't locate at present.
Have a look at the link.

There are antique and interiors traders working
 from all sorts 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 Arundel
  antiques and interiors venues
 and their opening times go to ;

A few miles from Arundel
 along the A29
is Pulborough.

You'll find a great place to look at
antique and vintage garden pieces.

Sally  runs

from her country cottage.

The Vintage Garden Company, 1 Priory Cottages,
 London Road, Hardham,
Nr Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1LD, UK
Tel: 07828 814 522   

Mangan Antiques

Just outside of Chichester in Sussex,
nestling in the small country village of Runcton,
down a little winding lane,
you will find the very large warehouse, showroom of
Mangan Antiques.

Husband and wife team 
Julie and Rudi
will give you an extremely warm welcome.

You will no doubt be given coffee or tea, 
and if you have travelled a distance to see them,
maybe even a nice chilled glass of Italian wine.

For, visiting their antiques warehouse is an entire experience.

Selling to both international dealers and local trade. 
Their large barn is packed full of an eclectic mix of
 furniture, chandeliers, mirrors and object art
 picked from Italy, France and England,
 from 18th century carvings to 1960’s designer pieces.

The first thing you will notice on entering are the chandeliers.

It's one of their their specialities and their sister company,
or should I say brother,

will renovate and restore, clean or  rewire your own chandeliers.

Take a little meander  through the showroom......

You will also find
Mangan Antiques at
Ardingly and Newark Antiques Fairs

Find them by the Italian flag, fluttering high above their stand.

They also offer an antiques prop hire service for film,
 TV and photography and a vintage crockery hire service for vintage themed events

Saltham Barns, Saltham Lane
Runcton, Chichester
PO20 1PU, West Sussex.

Call on 07947 108823

Arundel Eccentrics and Nass Interiors

Our warehouse will be open today 10-4 pm

Just behind Arundel Co-op, you will find three separate
 warehouses full of decorative antiques.

Here's a few of our pieces of the moment.

Our warehouse

Have a great day