Ardingly antique fair

Ardingly antique fair

Hello there, if you live in the land of half terms – as we do – I hope you had a good one. It was nice to have a break from the old routine, plus I had a lovely midweek birthday treat, and had a whole toddler free day with my husband at Ardingly antique fair.

Ardingly antique fair

If you are in the South East – or indeed a bit further a field – Ardingly is well worth a visit. Iacf run antique fairs and markets all over the country, so there may even be one happening nearer to you. It is held on a Tuesday and a Wednesday, and the entrance fee is £20 for the Tuesday (which allows entrance on a Wednesday too) and £5 if you just go on a Wednesday. I would recommend you look at the schedule on their website to check for dates, as Ardingly does not run every month.

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There are lots of people that buy for trade at the market, so Tuesday is it’s busiest day. I have only ever been on a Wednesday, as that’s what suits me best. There is still plenty to look at – and buy! There is almost too much lovely stuff, and I don’t think I’ve ever managed to make my way round it all yet. Plus on a Wednesday you can get a better deal, as some stallholders want to sell what they have bought, so are willing to drop their prices.

Ardingly antique fairArdingly antique fairArdingly antique fairI thought you’d like to see some of the treasures we saw that day and didn’t bing home with us, including the obligatory comedy sign, tiny tiny shoes and a weird selection of wooden horses!

A word to the wise, some stallholders pack up and leave early. We did lose out on something as we weren’t ready to buy then and there… and when we went back about 1pm, that particular stall had packed up and gone. The fair runs from 8am till 4pm on a Wednesday, but people did start winding down after lunch. It was a very cold muddy February day though and I bet it is a different story in the summer. If I find something I like, I usually chat to the stall holder to register my interest and find out when they are planning to leave, but I forgot to do it this particular time.

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In spite of that, we headed home happy, with a boot-full. Didn’t find much that was on ‘my list’, but the things you stumble upon, that you didn’t know you ‘needed’ are often the most exciting purchases and can end up being the best pieces in your home.

I have put April’s dates on the calendar already. Maybe see you there?

 

 

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  • Wow, such lovely items, sounds like a great fun day! I’m planning a trip to to the Iacf Newbury fair at the end of March, can’t wait! Laura x

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Ooo have a fantastic day Laura. It really is so much fun. I sometimes have to remind myself to do deep breathing, just so I don’t run around looking at all the goodies in too much excitement 🙂

      • Ha ha, thanks, I think that will be me too! 🙂

  • But what did you buy?!! I’m dying to know! If money and house space were no object I’d have definitely had the fabric in the first photo, and that lovely card index box in the last one!
    We went to Newark Antiques Fair for my birthday last year, but I was shocked to discover that far from the wonderland of cheap finds I was expecting, it was all rather expensive. I had wanted to go there for years, but ended up buying hardly anything when I finally made it!

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Ardingly is a mix; the card index was insanely expensive. I guess the fabric isn’t too bad, unless like us you are hoping to make, sell, and then make some money, we then can’t afford to buy fabric at that price. There is a main strip at Ardingly where I think the premium sellers go and the prices are more like shop prices, but a bit of the beaten track you can definitely still get bargains. It’s much better for furniture than for fabric though. We bought a bed for B, a lamp, a vase, some vintage aprons, a few baskets and finally we picked up three hungarian boot boxes that were £30 for three where as some sellers had them as £25 each. It was definitely a good day 🙂 Maybe give Newark another go? XX

  • I’m so excited reading your post as I’m planning to go in April. It is good to hear that you feel the Wednesday is worth the trip as I was worried it would be half empty and all the good stuff would be gone.
    Cant wait, ek!

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Have fun.. am sure you will. Hope you find lots that you like 🙂

  • Zoe

    Ooh that looks amazing – thanks for sharing! Will definitely look it up x

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Enjoy it if you go Zoe, great place to get some bits and pieces for your new house. X

  • Oooh, I’ve always wanted to go there! It looks amazing. We have a plan that one of these days we will replace our Ikea furniture with vintage bought from Ardingly (and other places). Literally cannot wait for that day.

    • geoffreyandgrace

      It’s a good plan Charlotte, and what fun you’ll have 🙂