I set the alarm for 5.45am to go to kempton park again– robert actually cannot believe that people would want to go shopping at such ridiculous an early hour!! to be honest, by 10am, as i am fading and struggling to find a decent cup of tea there, i do wonder myself why i do this. its supposed to be a pleasure? kempton is really aimed at dealers, who buy their wares for their lovely shops and posh stalls in london – but increasingly people like myself go there to find a good deal on anything from storage boxes, fabric, vintage jewellery or chinawear. Think portobello market times by 30 times its size!!! it can be a bit daunting, a bit frustrating, a bit aladdins cave, but as i have been a few times now i arrived much more prepared – comfortable walking shoes, sandwich in my bag. literally, vans open their back doors and sell their wares – they come from all over, manchester, france, belgium, the english countryside…. i take a strict budget of cash – when this runs out, thats it, spending finished – its the only way to control your spending. make a short list of what you are actually looking for, so that you bypass the stalls that appear to not stock what you are looking for. i noted a couple of items that i was looking for, but quickly bought them – if you are not careful you can ponder, then lose your way trying to find the stall again, and then after all that, the item is gone!! kempton is on the 2nd and 4th tuesday of the month.
there is only one van selling tea and not so healthy sandwiches, so its a good idea to bring a snack. then on your way home, make a diversion to maids of honour or head towards petersham nurseries which is not too far away.
ps i have relied so heavily on sat navs that i realise that i dont learn the journey route – and on this occasion forgot to bring it, so of course Yuki and I got lost, ended up all around richmond park and caught up in the school run traffic!