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Published April 15th 2013
Hunt for antiques and vintage goods in London
I think it's fair (see what I did there?) to say that vintage and antique fairs can be a bit of a mixed bag in London. Items range from 'retro', which can mean anything from a piece of used mid-90's tupperware to a 1950's yellow sun-dress. Antiques markets include anything from a pack of old biros and some ivory handled spoons, to Georgian mirrors and Victoriana candlesticks.
Spitalfield's antiques market is a bit of a mixed bag, but it's also an entertaining place to mosey around and get your rummage on. There are silver spoons for a tenner and sought after 1950's lampshades for forty pounds. Best of all, there is a range of large scale furniture for those looking to furnish their house from a retro period, to piles of thoughtful decorations: milk jugs, interesting prints and comfortable chairs abound.
The sellers all mentioned to get there early; as with most of these markets stock dwindles by the end of the day. That said, one of the traders pointed out that he regularly stayed put until after 7pm, and frequently got custom from the after work crowd.
After you've browsed around Spitalfields, visit some of the excellent restaurants and pubs that surround the market, or head into Shoreditch and towards Brick Lane for some more retro furniture buying