WARNING – PICTURE HEAVY POST!
Thank you all so much for your good wishes. After only a few hours’ sleep last night, I really appreciate them. I’m glad to say that my adventure this morning reminded me that violence is not the only face of London.
My mum was down to go to Sunbury Antiques Market with my sister and I after we read about it here and here and here. Bloggers are united in their adoration of this place! Well, I had to go and check it out, didn’t I?
I was doubtful about continuing with our crack-of-dawn plan (too much reading of Twitter makes Karen a scared girl), but clearly the other women in my family are braver than me! In fact, the roads were empty and quiet and by six thirty we eagerly joined the crowds waiting to be let in:
Me and my ma and my damp hair – can you see how excited I am?
People were mad for it! They RAN towards the stalls. I took a slower approach, being almost completely overwhelmed, but I did manage to keep my eye out for objects that you’d like.
Paris Dressmaker’s Dummy
Retailing for £250. Those people who reckon this place is a bargain hunter’s paradise? Um, yeah, if your norm is the Kings Road. There are no flies on these traders – they know their going rates. But I was fascinated by the newspaper stuffing on this lovely dummy:
There were several stalls with vintage dress goodness, again at prices that weren’t going to see me parting with my money:
A real pop of colour
Is that a Horrockses label?
A 1920s dress, complete with embroidered initials
This last was my favourite. If I’d had £75 that I never wanted to see again, I’d have bought it. But this isn’t a dress I’d wear and it felt a lot for a glorified wall hanging.
Now, you know I had my eyes peeled for a giveaway, don’t you? I soon found what I was looking for:
I invested the princely sum of £1 in a scoop of mother of pearl buttons. Here they are, ready to be posted to one lucky winner (sans background fabric, I’m afraid):
Aren’t they pretty?
What do you have to do to win this giveaway? Just leave a comment below telling me what treasure you have in the attic/spare bedroom/under stairs cupboard that you could NEVER bear to part with on a secondhand market? Entrance closes on 12 August midnight GMT. Go for it! This is open to anyone in the world.
NB If you want to find out what the prize was in my Lucky Dip giveaway, visit this blog post.
Okay, now on the important matters. What did Karen buy for herself?
Miniature set of drawers
Apparently, they’re Art Deco. Apparently, they’re from a doll’s house. I’ll let you be the judge. Whatever, they’re a nice little home for my button collection. Bartered down from £8 to £6, but the stall holder did goad me into bartering. ‘Come on, then. Barter!’
Diamanté locket and wooden buttons – £3 and £2 respectively
I thought I’d hang this next to my sewing machine so that I’m not constantly running upstairs to see how things fit.
Finally, here’s my sister and I with our bootie:
By ten thirty, we were back home. In theory, I didn’t need to take the day off work, but I’m glad I have. There’s a mirror to hang!
I hope you enjoyed these photos. I’d recommend a visit. I promise you won’t be bored…