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Saturday, 9 December 2017

PSSST Want to Know A Secret?

Hidden away in Sussex are tons of awesome places to buy antiques and vintage pieces.

Coming to the area to buy?
Trade and travelling a long way?
Live here and want to explore?
Maybe you're a journalist writing a piece on antiques in the area?

It's really worth doing some legwork online before you traipse around the countryside..

The Hoarde is a great way to start.
A large collection of antique dealers in one online spot.

You'll find many antique and vintage dealers that have the most beautiful high street shops.
But you will also be able to track down places that aren't so easy to find.
Many dealers are like us, with interesting collections, trading from hidden warehouses.
Others are in farm buildings.

One of the biggest names in antiques in the UK, trades from way, way out of town.

We adore visiting Martin Johnson in his warehouse.
It's inspiring.
A fantastic collection of English and French decorative antiques, all beautifully displayed.

Another place we love to visit is

Sally runs the vintage garden co from her home in Coldwaltham just outside Pulborough.
You might not even know she was there unless you happened to pass and see the sign.

Our friends Julie and Rudi have a large warehouse in the village of Runcton near Chichester.

Specialising in Italian antiques they are particularly well known for their chandeliers.
You will always find them at Ardingly and Newark antique fairs with the Italian flag fluttering above their stand.

Here's a bit about them from their website

"Hidden in an unlikely location at the end of a farm track near Chichester, West Sussex, over the past 15 years Mangan Antiques have been quietly building up an impressive roster of international clients for their bespoke range of antiques and specialist designer pieces.
 From window displays with dedicated sales areas at Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty’s to Paul Smith’s high profile opening of his Tokyo store, from the boutique designer salons of Manhattan and Chelsea to West End theatre designers and BBC costume dramas, all have benefitted from the specialist knowledge and unique sourcing capabilities of Mangan Antiques’ owners, Julie Mangan and Rudi Gargulio.
For many years Mangan Antiques would supply only to the trade, and this has seen their specially sourced pieces sold to dealers and designers throughout the world.  However, in 2008 they opened their doors to the public for the first time, enabling those outside the profession to benefit from Mangan’s unique range of antiques and unique designer pieces.
This successful expansion has seen an unexpected sideline - wedding lists.  “The bride and groom love it”, explains Julie.  “They know they’ll be selecting items that nobody else has, it’s so very special to get something unique.  We often find that couples will run two wedding lists, one at a department store for the things they’ll need, and one with us for the things they’ll love.”

However Rudi and Julie haven’t turned their back on their trade roots.  2010 has seen Mangan items at a medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show stand, featured in Homes & Antiques and Country Living magazines, being urgently flown by private plane from Italy to a Notting Hill shop, installed in the homes of Barbra Streisand and Harrison Ford, and in high demand from the dealers of the Kings Road, Lillee Road, throughout the UK and abroad – in fact, more than half the exhibitors at the prestigious Battersea Decorative Antiques Fair showed Mangan items on their stands!"

Just outside Arundel in a small village called Poling, is an old mushroom farm.

It now houses over 20 antique dealers, restorers, and shippers.
Didn't know it was there?

Here's a bit more about the place.

One of my favourites,
Martin and Mary Beany at Clubhouse Interiors.

I dropped in for coffee yesterday and snapped a few sneaky shots of their warehouse.
It's stacked to the rafters.
No, really, you wouldn't believe.
With beautiful, interesting, & downright bizarre pieces.

They've supplied thousands of items for film props over the years.
Can't tell you secret.
But you've probably seen them.

We are open over the weekend
Here's more of our latest antiques

and here's what/who is keeping us extremely busy at the moment

We've been out and about socialising the 12 week old Elsa.

Have a great weekend