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A trip to the antique market

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Around us in OXON, there are weekly antique markets. I always think that they are too expensive and professional and so rarely visit one, but this one in Newbury, at the racecourse, coincided with a drop off R needed to make to a friend, and so I decided I’d do that for him and visit the market.

It’s the most beautiful autumnal weather here. A bit drizzly, a few sunny spells and that generally unsettled England that we all know and love, but the drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits of the antique hunters. Holy smokes, there was a lot of beautiful stuff here. Mostly things I couldn’t afford, (or didn’t want to afford, because I’m used to finding bargains and unrecognised prized treasures at flea markets and car boot sales, and so an organised antiques market seems a bit pricey to me), but I did still find beautiful, affordable and worthwhile treasures.

I bought some of those spools from the Victorian cloth factories, some scraps of 18th and 19th C materials, and an album of sorts dated 1909, kept by a travelling girl. I’ll show you next time.

What are everyone’s thoughts on organised antique fairs? Here in E, they have a large and booming trade, but then there’s a huge population here, so maybe that’s the mitigating factor. Hmm…

Comments: 6

  • August 26, 2014
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    Such a shame so many sweet old thungs got rained on. Love the spools, would love to have some too one day.

  • cjbelanger

    August 26, 2014
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    That looks like a lot of fun!

  • August 27, 2014
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    So much to see even in the rain! It’ll be fun to see what you bought.

  • daryledelstein

    August 27, 2014
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    we have a small – the tables fill several rows in a local schoolyard – green flea here … farmers from the tristate area bring produce to sell and people with junk of all kinds come to sell … i used to go every sunday with a friend, she’s passed and its not the same without her … i did not long ago visit a huge gigantic flea market in connecticut it was so huge we never got to see half of it … i love to look, i never buy .. i have no room in our small apartment for any more ‘things’ …

  • August 28, 2014
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    An antique market–so neat! I’ve never been to one of these. Thanks for sharing!

  • August 29, 2014
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    This was fun to view…love those spools 🙂

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