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.
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.
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.
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.
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?