Welcome to the 1st blog from Vintage Candy. I am Frances and I live in the beautiful Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.
From my kitchen table I hand stamp and personalise beautiful silver plated vintage cutlery. I am self taught and have been honing my craft for about 8 years. I never tire of it and have created many wonderful pieces; from tiny mustard spoons with just a heart to huge serving spoons hand stamped with a sonnet by Shakespeare
As much as I love actually hand stamping all your personalised gifts the favourite part of running my business is buying all that beautiful cutlery. And the one question I am asked most is…. ‘Where do you find all your cutlery?’
So today I am sharing some of the wonderful places that I love to visit in search of a boot full of treasure!
By far my favourite destination is Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park Race Course. https://www.sunburyantiques.com/kempton/
Just off junction 1 of the M3.
This is open on the first and last Tuesday of every month and opens at 6.30am until 2pm (although in reality things tend to wind down by about midday) So it is an early start. I get up at 5.30am and am usually at the ground before 7am. My husband thinks I am completely mad but it just feels like such an adventure. In the winter it is still dark when I arrive, so I sometimes need a torch to rummage some of the outside stalls.
It is free admission and free parking and you will find 700 vendors selling everything from antique shoes and clothes, furniture, toys, books, jewellery, china, glass and of course silverware, flatware and cutlery. I have a few traders I know by sight and will head for them first to see what they have for me and then after grabbing a coffee and a bacon butty I will spend a couple of hours checking out all the other stalls.
I usually leave pretty grubby but always with a boot full of goodies.
Another wonderful destination which doesn’t require such an early start is Bridgebarn Antiques at Battlesbridge Antique Village. https://www.battlesbridge.com/
Here you will find over 80 dealers housed in a variety of old buildings and courtyards. Located just off the A130 on the banks of the River Crouch, midway between Chelmsford and Southend it is a great day out. And with a number of tea shops and cafes you can break up the day with a lunch or afternoon tea.
I am lucky enough to have a second home in Dorset and when I have time I like to visit the Wimborne Market Place. http://www.wimbornemarket.co.uk/
Here you will find an indoor antiques market alongside a traditional market. They also have a farmers market and flea market. Plus an indoor car boot sale. Days and times for all of these can be found on their website.
Of course, these are just a few of the places I visit. But I also love to pop into small independent antique and vintage shops, as and when I stumble across them. Every town has one so why not look up your local vintage emporium and take a trip down memory lane. You never know what you might find.
And with the fight against global warming single use plastic this is one way we can reuse, recycle and re-love. A small contribution but a contribution none the less.
So go on!! Get out there.It is such a lot of fun!!!