With its convenient links to the capital, Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair is a truly cosmopolitan antique event. Because it is located only one hour away from London, 12 miles from Gatwick and only 90 minutes from Dover, this fair is a hot spot for local and national dealers and buyers who regularly attend the largest IACF event in the south of England. And its proximity to the Channel means vendors come from continental Europe and further east to sell here, and buyers come even from Asia and North America.
Up to 1,700 stalls housing thousands of goods – from fine antique furniture to delicate ceramics – are available here. The Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair has a reputation as one of the UK antique fairs where quality European decorative items can be found.
The setting of this substantial flea market is almost pastoral – and its great appeal is that you can find just about anything. Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair embraces the traditional antique trade (fine china, silver, jewellery, paintings), collectors (stamps, coins, postcards), the fast-growing vintage crowd, fans of rustic, primitive and everyday objects, and decor and design types, looking for unusual bits of furniture or quirky accent pieces.
With a combination of inside and outdoor stands, this mid-week fair is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little vintage shopping – or hours of professional trading!
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Try to take a lap around the whole flea market before buying, and then work your way back. Some vendors swap out inventory over time, and a second look around can yield far more treasures than the first.
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