How gloriously sunny has it been this week? It’s amazing what a day of sunshine can do for the soul. I got up at the crack of dawn on Tuesday morning to make my way to the Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park- it’s on every second and last Tuesday of the month. Kempton Park is a quiet station and even at 8:30am on a weekday, a crowd of people got off the train and towards the race track where hundreds of vans had parked up and put out their wares. Before we got stuck in, we bought some cheese toasties and teas from a food van and popped a squat on a grassy patch to fuel up.
Even though I thought 8:30 was an early start, the market opens at 6:30 and usually wraps up by noon, so getting here early is a must. This particular market is one of the country’s best; sellers and buyers all over Europe come here and was even covered by Laura Bailey for Vogue awhile ago.
My sister lives nearby and has a route mapped out- we did a circuit to get the layout of goods and then zig zagged back towards the car park. Prices are cheaper here than you would find in shops but it’s also all the best bits from any vintage and antique shops too; there was something I wanted to pick up and look over at every stand.
I saw stacks of metal industrial stools, old chesterfield sofas, antique cabinets, bundles of vintage books, taxidermy (including a two headed chick), vintage wall posters and signs, globes, tripod lights, knicks knacks and everything you can think of. There wasn’t one stall that I didn’t want to pick something up. The stall holders will tell you the history of any item too- some of them more charming than the things they’re selling!
I ended up buying this street sign for £10…
I wish I had a car to fill up! I would have walked away with more.
My sister jokes that she imagines having a Georgian house to fill with all the beautiful things she finds. I want in on that too, and I’m taking some of these motorbike chairs with me. Not even for a kid’s nursery. Just to have.
With my sign under my arm, we walked home. By now the morning chill had lifted and I had to peel off all my layers as it was so deliciously warm! Had to stop here for a quick snap…
…because we used to live off Queensway and now live in North London. I sent it to Robin. He didn’t find it as amusing as I did.
I only ever find big, fat blooms of flowers in gardens outside of London. What’s the secret? And hello blue skies, how I have missed you so.
Having dropped off my sign at the house, we drove to Walton on Thames nearby for some lunch and to check a local shop to see if they had any more banners like the one I got from Etsy recently. There was only one left but it wasn’t the colour I had in mind- if you’re in Surrey pop by BlueBelle Designs on the high street (they also sold an amazing Apple Crumble candle that I wish I had picked up)
I didn’t want to head home yet on such a nice day so I tagged along with my sister for the rest of the day, because that’s what little sisters do 😉
I even took her bike for a spin when picking my nieces up from school. When we were little, this would have meant a lot of strops! In fact, there’s a picture of me at 3 years old, completely nuddy, sitting on her brand new BMX. I don’t blame her for getting mad.
I posted a pic on Instagram of the frames on her bedroom wall because Let’s Sleep In should be my life’s motto. But really, I want this sign too…
…and not just because it’s a song from The Who.
A plate of spaghetti and meatballs, a hair makeover with pink clips and an episode of Spongebob Squarepants later, I headed back home, road sign in hand.
I can’t wait to come back to the market, it’s such a treasure trove! The next one is on the 28th April and if the weather is as nice as it has been, I expect it to be just as busy.
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