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“Hanger 14 please”

Wandering around Sunbury Antiques Market with some friends this week I came across this pretty green bottle.  I love the colour and the warning on the side!

Bottle crop

I also found a beautiful clay tile with lovely earthy colours.

Tile bottle Crop

We’d been to this antiques market a few weeks earlier and it was then that I saw something that brought back childhood memories.

Hanger crop

No, not the Scalextric – the funny wire things!  Hands up if you remember them or have even seen them before.  I went home that day and rang my sister to tell her what I’d seen and to describe a table full of funny wooden blocks, which I assumed to be hat molds.

Hat blocks

But, I just couldn’t forget the wire things and regretted not buying one.   So on our next visit to the market I went in search of them again.  Do you know what they are yet?  Here’s a clue:

BW crop

They were for storing your clothes in at the swimming pool, before lockers were introduced! Each had a number and was placed in a clockroom while you had your swim.   Anyway, I wasn’t leaving the market without one this time because I’d had time to imagine what it would look like in my garden filled with plants :)

Number crop

Flower basket

Basket crop

I couldn’t find a basket liner to fit so I made my own out of hessian and a black bin liner.  I’ll probably find something to adorn the coat hanger part while I’m waiting for the plants to spread out and climb.


Looks like something hitched a ride back from the garden centre!

Ardingly Antiques Fair

We set off bright and early yesterday morning for Ardingly, West Sussex for the International Antiques Fair.  I’ve never been before although I have heard lots about it.   If you’re looking for a stuffed wild boar’s head, buffalo horns or a goat skull, you’ve come to the right place!

wild boar

That’s not to say there aren’t other collectables there as well though.  From Louis XIV Baroque chairs, to 1950′s kitchen dressers, it’s all there.  There’s a real mishmash of antiques, reproduction and boot sale items and the fun is in rummaging through to find what you’re looking for.

I found some great cast iron coat/hat hooks and hope to fix them to a nice piece of wood in my hallway and an unusual coca cola bottle opener for my kitchen.

Coat hook

Coca Cola bottle opener

The traders we chatted to were very knowledgeable and happy to talk about their antiques and there was absolutely no pressure to buy.  If I go again I’ll be more aware of the vast size of the Fair and will probably not dilly dally for so long at every stall, because there’s an awful lot to see.   It was a fun day out and we were really lucky with the weather.   I didn’t break the bank and I didn’t bring home a stuffed wild boar either!