Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Park Racecourse, Kent

H&A’s Alice Roberton gets up early to make the most of this well-loved market

H&A’s Alice Roberton gets up early to make the most of this well-loved market

Since 1979 traders and collectors have been setting early alarms for Sunbury Antiques Market, which opens for trade at 6.30am, and after my first visit I can see why. Fuelled by mugs of tea and the ubiquitous bacon sarnie I paced the many avenues of traders setting up from the back of their vehicles. It was a vibrant sight.

An early morning visitor to the H&A stand was market regular Adrienne Storey who loves seeking garden inspiration here, ‘I’m delighted with this decorative galvanised container, which I’m guessing was originally used as a vase. I can’t wait to plant it up with some trailing flowers,’ she said.

Also enjoying an outdoor theme were props buyers Penny Crawford (left) and Judy Ducker who were sourcing for a film set in the south of France in the 1970s, due for filming this summer. The original faded toile on the deckchairs they found looked great with the more recent floral and ticking additions. 

Mark McGlynn recently moved to a small cottage in Highgate leaving behind a much larger warehouse apartment. ‘My wife and I are having our first trading day here to try and sell much of the stuff we can’t fit into our new home. We’ve decided to go minimal and this chandelier just isn’t that! I’m really glad we’ve sold it to someone who will appreciate it,’ he said.

Elizabeth Mitchell of Clou Antiques brought this show-stopper of an early 1940s kitchen unit to sell. She described it as ‘the cadillac of kitchens’ and it’s easy to see why with its smooth brushed metal lines and shiny renovation.

Keeping it funky were business partners Victoria Norfolk and Andy Hussey who together are Lady Norfolk & Lord Rust. The pair trade from Carley’s Yard in Suffolk as well as at fairs and markets. Victoria creates one-off upholstered pieces while Andy takes care of what he calls the ‘rusty and old stuff’. I love their joint philosophy: ‘more is more’.

Visitors come from all over the world for this event and with fabulous collections like these old tins on offer it’s no surprise that they do.

H&A reader Leigh Metcalf, originally from Atlanta, lives in East Dulwich and works as a freelance lifestyle writer, blogger and photographer. She loves to visit the market for a good rummage. Leigh visited the stand to show me the brightly decorated south-east Asian enamel plate she picked up ‘It’s going to add a splash of colour to an enamel bar I have in my house’, she said.

It was lovely to set up next to my pal Maud Lomberg of Beyond France who was fresh back from a trip to Hungary with some lovely new stock ready for the summer months. The next Sunbury Antiques Market is on Tuesday 29th July.

Here is where H&A will be popping up throughout the country during the next few weeks


Sunday 20th, 9.30am-4pm Shepton Giant Flea & Collectors Market, The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN

Sunday 20th, 10am-4pm - Oyster & Pearl Vintage Fair, Umbrella Centre, St. Mary's Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DD

Sunday 20th, 11am-4pm - My little Vintage at Bosworths Garden Centre, Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, Northants, NN15 5QA


Saturday 16th, 10am-4pm - The Cotswolds Vintage Fair, Toddington Village Hall, Stow Road, Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DU

Saturday 23rd, 11am-5pm - Antiques On The Green - The Summer Country Brocante, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0DU

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