Ardingly Antiques Fair is back at the South of England Showground, West Sussex, on Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th September.
Are you looking for inspiration for your autumn wardrobe? Ardingly is the best place to source stylish autumn clothing and accessories that are high quality and sourced ethically. Discover warm winter coats, stylish winter boots and more high quality vintage clothing that will get you through the next few months!
Shop a selection of antique silver, antique glassware, antique furniture and ceramics at Ardingly… the list is endless! Ardingly is an exciting environment to discover interior design inspiration ready for the autumn season.
Let’s get to it, what are our interior experts’ advice to shopping at Ardingly?
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As you shop, mark the booths where you’ve left paid purchases for later pickup, as well as those you’d like to visit again in the day. I’ve found that the sellers with the delicate antiques are the ones sheltered inside but I usually start outside on the periphery marquees. These often house the good stuff e.g. larger French, Dutch furniture pieces.
Go early on the first day of Ardingly Antiques Fair for the best selection
The early bird catches the worm in this case! Once purchased, most vendors will hold larger items until the end of the day – so you can collect with your car at the end of the day.
Ensure you stop off at the cash point before you arrive!
Cash is king with the stand holders. You will be sure to secure the vintage sideboard if you can produce the cash whilst negotiating with the dealers.
Get a cart or shopping trolley
Ditch the street cred, it’s honestly worth it! The granny shopping trolley is a great place to store all your purchases as you travel around Ardingly! Preload it with bubble wrap or old towels to keep your antiques secure.
Before you arrive, do your homework
Make a note of the items your sourcing & approximate size, take a tape measure to the antiques fair. It’s likely you will have to make a decision in a matter of minutes and there are no second chances – when it’s gone, it’s gone.