Sunbury Antiques sesh

December 7, 2010

To quote Ariel (no, not The Tempest. The Little Mermaid. No, not Hans Christian Andersen. Disney. Groan.) “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? I got twenty. But who cares? No big deal. I want mooooooore.” Although the similarities pretty much end there – I don’t have a tail, red hair or a shell bikini, alas – when confronted with Vintage Tat, much like the dear Ariel, I can’t help myself. (What AM I on about!?) Anyway. I went to Sunbury Antiques market at Kempton Park last week and, despite the snow, it was wonderful, with whozits and whatzits galore…

There’s no rhyme or reason to this post. It’s just a bunch of photos I took on my iPhone. So log off now if flea markets ain’t your thang! I saw: Victorian ‘poison’ bottles for £3, beautiful old bicycles, suitcases, sewing machines and scissors…

Only the hardcore (AKA insane) shoppers were out as the temperature plummeted and snow started to fall. I spotted: a kitsch framed Tretchikoff print, a beautiful old Struwwelpeter book (shame it was getting snowed on and wet!), pretty vintage baking trays, industrial-style filing cabinets, a 1950s teapot, and a shopper who had clearly been out in the cold for a bit too long…

I lusted after: these lovely ceramic pots for toothpaste, anchovy paste, and cold cream…

I saw: religious statues, old advertising signs, frozen Victorian glass bell jars, macabre taxidermy, and some crazy stall holders…

I loved: vintage cutlery, lab flasks and scientific equipment, and bee hives…

I chuckled: when I saw this not-very-politically-correct children’s book:

I wanted: to buy all of the bell jars and stock up on spindles. But WHY?! Indeed. Dear reader, I resisted.

I liked: statues of Jesus, pots for ‘Sainsbury’s Bloater Paste’ – eurgh! Made of fish apparently – globes and antlers and medicine bottles and a table covered with a map and chandeliers and vintage magazines and barn stars and bones. Phew! Although I wouldn’t want a skeleton in my cupboard…

I admired: stacks of old leather suitcases dusted with snow…

I bought: two mirrors (not shown because they’re huge!) and…

…a book called ‘British Earthworms And How To Identify Them’ (hours of fun), a Ridgway Homemaker saucer to add to my collection, an old ruler, some glass bottles, some potted meat pots (for Christmas homemade paté gifts), a ‘Bloater paste’ pot to use as a tea light votive and an American toothpaste pot prescribed by a ‘Dr Cofein’. Which sounds a bit like coffin. Not the best name for a doctor! – Ellie

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