The Malvern Flea & Collectors flea market and the Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair, held outside Great Malvern against the backdrop of the Malvern hills, are two sprawling and wide-ranging events. At stalls inside the main exhibition hall or one of several interconnected sheds, or filling the perimeter outside, vendors at these unabashedly eclectic flea markets cater to every taste.
More traditional collectibles – china, silver, figurines and glassware, for example – are displayed alongside tools, hardware, garden pots, vintage clothing, enamelware, mid-20th-century dishes, taxidermy, papers, advertising items, West German ceramics, fishing gear, sewing notions, kitchen utensils, early plastics, books and costume jewellery.
The Malvern Flea & Collectors flea market as well as the Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair are all a bit random and hodge-podge but the formula seems to work well, judging by the crowds. The casual and relaxed atmosphere may owe something to the flea market’s and antiques fair rural surroundings and the feeling they engender of being in a real and rooted place.
The icing on the cake? Interspersed among the antiques & collectables vendors, locals sell homemade pies, jams and jellies, and real hot chocolate. A day at the The Malvern Flea & Collectors flea market or at the Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair is a real treat.
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