“Vintalogue” – London Calling..... November 25 2013, 5 Comments
So a lot of people have been contacting us asking where and how we source our pieces, so we have decide to do a type of “Vintalogue” where you can combine a city break with the opportunity of picking up some unique and very reasonable pieces that are longing to be repurposed and given a new lease of life with some Annie Sloan paint to turn them into a key statement piece in the right space in your home. So for the first in this blog “Vintalogues” we are going to London as it is bursting with fantastic shops, markets and fairs with furniture that will appeal to your taste and budget.
Alfies Antique Market
Is a bustling and lively centre for decorative and unusual antiques. This chic and cheerful market has a little more spunk than your traditional antique thoroughfares, boasting some 75 specialist dealers, spread over five floors.
A treasure trove of beautiful furniture, lighting and unusual decorative items. From rare 19th century sunburst mirrors to Murano glass apothecary jars and sets of antlers, all majestically restored.
GOLBORNE ROAD, W10
Head here on any given Friday and Saturday and you are sure to find a bargain at the bric-a-brac stalls, its where all Londoners in the know go!
Kokon To Zai
This old butchers shop is on Golborne Road and is crammed full of fantastic accessories to cheer up any vintage home.
For that one off reupholstered piece, head to Annies for a vintage textile that will make a statement along with vintage ribbons and trimmings to complete the look.
Atelier Abigail Ahern
This is an interior designer’s secret stash with vases, cushions, throws, candles and quirky one-off pieces.
This is a hoard of antiques, homewares and bespoke designs in a former ticket office of the train station and it provides a backdrop for classic pieces with a twist.
This shop provides something for every budget whether you are looking for a decorative cup or a mahogany side cabinet, you will not leave empty handed.
Columbia Road, E2
Here you will find a strip of independent shops which are well worth a good rummage through the busy crowds at weekends who are drawn by the amazing flower market.
If it’s vintage fabric you are after you will find it here along with all other items to help style an upcycled piece of furniture. This shop is a veritable treasure trove of unique materials for all patchwork and quilting needs.
Brick Lane Market
This a large flea market with stalls selling antiques, clothes, bric-a-brack and all sorts of other weird and wonderful things.
This market became particularly famous for its antiques in the 1950s. Now there are numerous stalls offering everything from fruit and bread to posters, clothes, ceramics and music. Seems to have lost some of its former popularity but you can still soak up the atmosphere and you may find something you think deserves a new home.
This market is located at the heart of Camden Town's thriving markets area. Open 7 days per week, Camden Lock Market comprises stalls and shops selling everything from vintage clothing to hand-made jewellery and artwork to gifts, music and more.
If you’re prepared to do a bit of scavenging, then Lassco could be a good option. With two outlets in Vauxhall and Bermondsey, it’s a comparatively well-kept secret amongst the trade industry. If you don’t mind a bit of lifting, then you are guaranteed to find an array of original features for your home, including some of the more unusual but desirable pieces you might need, including chimneys and doors.
With an obvious Gallic bent, you’ll be able to turn your two bedroom flat into a Parisian apartment circa 1968. There are lots of lovely little curios for the mantelpiece too.
If you’re all about illumination then you will be spoilt for choice with an array of Vintage chandeliers and antique lamps to choose from as well as glass and antique ceramics.
The Old Cinema
The Old Cinema is just that: a picture palace dating from the 1890s which has been refurbished to become London's only antiques, vintage, and retro department store. From American dream to English kitchen sink, period antique to 70's Danish, hardcore industrial to French decadence, there is a vast range of stock sourced from around the world, to inspire and delight.
Tower Bridge Antiques Market
Over 2000+ Antiques can be seen under one roof at the number one place for Antique Furniture in London with Georgian Tables, Georgian Chairs, Victorian Desks and all other periods at Tower Bridge Antique Furniture Warehouse, where you will find everything for your home. The largest collection of Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian furniture anywhere in London
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