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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Arundel Eccentrics Who? What? When? Most Importantly Where?

 Arundel Eccentrics 

Who? What? Where? When?

Not necessarily in that order.

But first how to let people know where your business is when you are ever so slightly off-piste.

I don't mean online or ads, I mean for when a person happens to be in Arundel for the day.
And they are strolling around looking for things to do.

Any ideas?

We are hidden away.
Not far off the main streets, but enough that we need help with people finding us.

So, the obvious thing is to have a sign.

Well, evidently Arun District Council don't help with this anymore.
We've tried.
We've asked.

So I put a couple of signs on the bridge in Arundel.
It helped hugely.

Browsers were excited and delighted to find us all.

And I don't necessarily only mean the antiques.

It's the whole deal.

The last surviving warehouses of the 19th century Arundel Swallow Brewery.
Three different companies.
Three different styles of decorative antique interiors, all in one spot.

What of the signs?

Someone in town was heard to grumble,

"Hmm, now they even have signs on the bridge,"

Next thing

So I took them down.
Then wondered if we put them up on Saturday morning and took
them down Sunday night.

Surely that wouldn't offend?

The same complainant contacted the council again.
I asked if there was anywhere else we could put them.
Arundel District Council said "No."

All the small businesses in a town like Arundel
need a little help to let people know where they are and what they do.
It's not just us.

Otherwise, premises will wind up standing empty.

Whats next?
Any ideas?


Let's start with what. 
Then if it's not something you're interested in ........

Decorative antiques.
Mostly English

 and French.

Maybe a smattering of Italian once in a while.....

Large pieces

and small

and quirky

The occasional object that isn't antique at all

because it's just too beautiful or unusual to leave behind........

 a whale carved from reclaimed wood from Portsmouth dry docks.

then there are mirrors

and chairs.....

and the objects that started life as one thing and wound up to be something completely different

Mirror made from two 19th century French windows

and the pieces we paint and decorate small Victorian boxes

& tole trays

and tins
and larger pieces like chests of drawers....

and English Victorian bamboo

pair of mid-century French bedsides

French demi lune

old enamel washbowls that we decorate with gilt and decoupage

and fishy chests
  BTW the first chest we decorated like this wound up in................

Architectural Digest
 Ten years ago...


So by now. you may be interested or you may have returned to looking at FB.

If you are still with us lets look at where.

Arundel West Sussex UK.

Probably one of the most picturesque towns in the country

Not on the high street, but hidden away down a little alley, or twitten as we say down south.

From the High Street, you walk down the hill and over the bridge, keeping to the right-hand side.
Next to William Hill is a narrow alley.
You're in a salubrious part of town now.

Walk to the end
Turn left.
Sharp left again.

There may be vans or cars blocking your view.
There may be a Co-op van unloading.
Or a potato van unloading to the chippie.

Dont give up now...youve come this far.....

You may wonder if you are in the right place.
Don't be deterred.

There they are.
Three large antique warehouses.

The last remaining buildings of Arundel's 19th century Swallow Brewery.

Arundel Eccentrics is the last in the row.
Last but by no means least.

With no window to press your nose against, you could be forgiven for thinking it's not that big.

but beyond these unassuming red doors.....

 Well, you get the picture....

Oh and by the way we are also in Liberty London.
Just a small collection now, but we had the huge room on the 4th floor in 2016.

Amazing to have been invited.

Arundel Eccentrics in Liberty London


Husband and wife.

Nass and Brenda.

Live in the town.
Have done for almost thirty years.
In a lovely Victorian terrace at the other end of the street.
The river Arun at the end of the garden.

With their latest addition

If you have the time and the inclination this is how we started the business 20 years ago

But if not....lets move on to


Well, anytime really.
Officially we are open Fri Sat Sun 10-4pm.

There's just us.
There's no big team.

It makes us laugh when someone asks us to,
"Get your team onto it."
Particularly as our team sleeps so many hours.
the third member of our team

We may be out buying.
Or decorating furniture in our studio by the river.
Or collecting from the restorers or upholsterers.

But we are often there throughout the week.

Just give us a ring.

We will make sure we are there if you are coming a distance.



Come anytime.
Really. I mean it. 
Night or day.

Just let us know.
Ahead of time.
Even the day before.
Even an hour before.

We are so sad when someone calls us with,
"We've come from London (or Texas) and we are outside your warehouse and there's no-one here."

But we are 50 miles away collecting furniture.

Our best prices for trade are extremely competitive.
If you would like an indication of prices or want to book a time
email us

Meanwhile, many of our latest pieces can be found on

Heres our FB page

Follow us on 

It's a beautiful morning.
Cold, but sunny.

So before we get going on the decoupage

Elsa and I are heading for a walk along the sand somewhere.

Have a great day