Second-hand and vintage markets: up your antiques game at markets within easy reach of London

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Refurbished Ercol armchair, £538 (Vinterior)
Refurbished Ercol armchair, £538 (Vinterior)

Love the new place!

Thanks babes, I wrangled a discount after reading an (excellent) article in Homes & Property about central rent reductions. Those city-leavers will regret their ‘race for space’ when Covid’s over (in two weeks. Fact).

Didn’t realise you were a design buff.

The real gems have been in storage (mum and dad’s) for years. Calligaris and house shares rarely mix well.

Do you know a hidden aisle in H&M Home or something?

Excuse me while I shudder. The high street! In before times I was a regular at European flea markets. That chair you mentioned was shipped from a junk yard near Soho House Berlin — right up my straße.

Anywhere we’re likely to be able to go to this side of 2022?

I’m not sure you can handle it. Elite antiquing is something of an extreme sport. It’s all crack-of-dawn alarms to get to Ardingly near Haywards Heath at the same time as the professional dealers.

I’ve blocked out my diary for the next market on July 27-28. I found out about it on Laura Jackson’s Instagram a few years ago. I’m stunned we’re not besties yet.

Sunbury Antiques Market costs £10 and is at Kempton Park Racecourse on the second and last Tuesday of every month and there’s a weekend one at Sandown in Esher (next date is August 15).

£10 for the pleasure of waking at 4am?

It’s not for the interiors dilettante. But if you’re half serious about cultivating a unique style you’ll master the art of treasure-trove diving in no time and support indie sellers while you’re at it. Fast homeware this is not.

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