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Friday, 29 May 2015

Sparks Yard Fundraiser for Nepal and Open Days at The Antiques Warehouses

Been a busy couple of weeks.
Last week in Arundel was the

Fundraiser at Sparks Yard

Sparks is a gorgeous contemporary shop in Tarrant Street in Arundel.
It's a family run lifestyle store that sells all manner
 of items from scarves and cards, to kitchen items,
 the most fantastic scented candles and books.

The Loft, their new stylish beautiful cafe was absolutely packed.

There was a glass of prosecco and canap├ęs included in the £10 entrance.
Lovely atmosphere and ambiance.

Several stalls where businesses donated a percentage of their takings.
On top of that a cake stall and raffle with donated items.

They were inundated with donations .
The cake stall was phenomenal, but I did manage to resist.

Didn't dare...I know my weaknesses.
We ain't getting like that again!

It was great to see loads of Arundel faces and I managed to catch up with  people.

Fanny Adams from Tarrant Street had a clothing stall

The lovely Bea

 Sparks Yard raised over £1500 in under two hours.
Fantastic result.

Open Days

We had two Open Days over the bank holiday weekend.
I managed to get write up in the paper which helped.

If you like to explore Arundel you will love to find,
 hidden away behind the Co-op, the last 
remaining buildings of the 19th century Arundel Swallow Brewery.

The warehouses that in Victorian days stored barrels
 of ale, these days house decorative antiques.
  Once the haunt of weary travellers in search of refreshment
 it is now a regular stop for antique and 
interior buyers for their own homes as 
well as many overseas antique trade customers.

There are eight antique and interior businesses
 in the three large warehouses. 
English and French furniture such as 
mirrors, chandeliers, chests of drawers and
 dressers jostle for room with decorative buckets, 
Persian rugs, garden and architectural pieces.
19th century wooden settles from old Norfolk pubs
 are piled high with croquet sets while
 old school science lab stools hang from rafters.

This Sunday and Monday (Bank Holiday) 
the warehouses are having Open Days.
10-4  both days.
So, how to find the biggest antique and interiors
 shopping secret in the area?
Down the little alley next to William Hill,
 turn left at the end and sharp left again.

Coffee and cake stall proceeds to 
The Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice

We leaflet dropped and put on FB 
chatted about it and cajoled.
Over the two days we had over 500 visitors
 which was great for our out of the way warehouse showrooms. 

The weather was on our side and we had a marvellous two days.

I have a dear friend in OZ.
She saw about the days on FB.
Clearly couldn't get there.

So...she asked her lovely brother and wife to come along.
They live in Brighton and I hadn't seen him in years.

 Sue and I were
 17 and in our first job after leaving school.
Known her all that time.
Thanks Sue.
You were there in spirit.

Clare and Mike are neighbours.
Going under the name of
they played the most relaxing French Cafe music.
They will be with us in August during the
Arundel Festival.

We are not in the most salubrious part of town
but we have between us a huge sq
 footage packed with decorative antiques.

Nass pretending he can me he cant.

the guys holding it in for the photos.......

We are all on
The Hoarde

If you want to see what 
we have  in stock at the moment
go to 

Heres a little taster of the sort of antiques we deal in.

we were commissioned to decorate this chest for House and Garden Magazine
vintage French Bedside

Have a great day

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