Bargain hunting in Bethnal Green

By Alice Roberton,
2nd November 2012 - 11:49

Alice Roberton attends Judy's Vintage Furniture Flea

The Vintage Furniture Flea in London's busy Bethnal Green is everything you might expect it to be. With items dating up to the 1980s, the feel is retro-kitsch with a good dose of vintage. The atmosphere is friendly and it’s a great place to pick up a bargain or that statement piece for your home.

One stand that does well at this event is Vintage In Print and, when I popped by to take a look, I found happy customer Annabel Porter ready to show me her purchases. Owner Nicky Young mounts and frames rare vintage magazine covers and prints she finds from around the world.

Agnes Rzepinska visits the UK to find quality vintage stock for her shop in Tychy, southern Poland. ‘I sell vintage, handmade and antique furniture as well as flowers,' she says. 'It’s hard to come by vintage pieces in Poland that aren’t very worn out so I come here to shop.'

I loved the flower paintings on the Back In The Day stand so I stopped to chat to part-time trader Amy Steele. Amy describes her taste as ‘faded glamour’ and, like so many traders, started selling when her personal collection grew too large. Amy is a real fan of H&A and took out a subscription, which came with a free book, Romantic English Homes.

Another collector-turned-trader is Vicky Weir who sells at Brackley Antique Cellar in the Midlands as Vicky Loves Vintage

Caroline Dill of Oh So Retro sells everything from bird cages and old benches to antique chairs and poodle statues. ‘I buy and sell things I like,' she says.

There was some serious shopping to be had at this fair and I came away with a slight yearning for a loft project and a bigger budget!

H&A will be visiting these gorgeous fairs in November: 

Sunday 4th November, 10am-4pm Country House Vintage at Arlington Court, Nr Barnstaple, Devon

Thursday 15th November, 10am-4pm Vintage Christmas Boutique at Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire

Sunday 18th November, 10.30-4.30pm Crikey! Christmas Is Coming, Thistle Hotel, Exeter, Devon

Sunday 25th November, 9.30am-4pm, Bath Vintage & Antiques Christmas Market, Green Park Station, Bath

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