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Another visit to Ardingly

I decided last night that if it wasn’t raining this morning I would take myself off to Ardingly for the Antiques and Collectables Fair.  Well, for a change, the rain wasn’t bouncing off my windows, so that is where I’ve been …. and although it was pretty wet underfoot it did remain dry overhead!

It was fairly quiet and half price to get in, probably because they weren’t expecting a great turnout (I promise I won’t mention the weather again!) but it was still worth the visit.

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If I had paid more attention in Chemistry lessons I would know more about these solutions, but I didn’t, so I’ll just say they’re nice bottles!

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I thought this little chap was very handsome.  I only wish he was still running around enjoying life.

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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!