so a very early start to get to kempton, but fortunately it was a beautifully sunny morning. kempton was originally 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 china wear. i actually think its become more of a tourist event, just like portobello and camden. 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 last tuesday of the month.
there is only one van selling tea and not so healthy sandwiches, but if you like a toastie it fills a gap! then on your way home, make a diversion to maids of honour or head towards petersham nurseries which is not too far away.
i always buy some blue bottles for my flowers – its an addiction that i can’t seem to beat…..