If you like your shopping experience to be quirky, unpredictable and out in the open, then I know just the place for you. Today I went to Ardingly International Antique and Collectors Fair at the South of England Showground in West Sussex, and came home with several things I didn’t know I needed before.
Sadly my budget didn’t stretch to a bronze of our family dog. But now we have a wooden apple crate to replace the cardboard box we were storing our cooking apples in, and I found some 1940s Picture Post magazines for my illustrator friend. But my favourite find is a 1930s glass bowl which has coloured foil biscuit wrappers stuck to the outside, backed with a layer of crackled red paint. It sounds bizarre, I know, but it’s a one-off and I love it.
These Fairs run at Ardingly six times a year over two days. I highly recommend them as a unique day out. You really do not know what you will find until you get there.www.iacf.co.uk/ardingly/