Monday, 24 May 2010

Vintage shopping in Lewes

I took a trip to visit my friend in the picturesque town of Lewes, near Brighton over the weekend (an effective distraction from thinking about The Stag)… Sarah lives in the most gorgeous cottage down a cobbled street (life envy!), and she took us on a tour of her local antiques and vintage shops (with stops at pretty cafes along the way). Needless to say I was in vintage heaven – there seems to be shop after shop crammed with bric a brac, old fabrics, crockery, vintage clothes and antiques.

First stop was The Patchwork Dog & Basket to look for fabrics and ribbons:

Over the road, the permanent indoor “Flea Market” had an overwhelming array of goods – I liked these bottles that could make pretty individual flower vases:

And then on to Lewes Antiques Centre on Cliffe High Street, where we scoured floor after floor of antiques, including 50s kitchenalia, and lots of lovely lace and lingerie. I also liked these wicker lamp shades that could be used as decorations in a marquee.

Lunch at Bill’s in the sun felt like we were on holiday. I loved the pink lemonade bottles which I nabbed for future use as vases for table decorations!


  1. Those lemonade bottles are divine!

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  3. Hello!
    I am a Maine, USA wedding designer and I found your lovely blog while looking for an image to illustrate an idea to a client-the basket lampshades. I am going to make light fixtures out of vintage market baskets to hang in a wedding tent...I just had to write to tell you how delightful your blog is and I will be stopping by more often to share the vintage love! My blog (while sadly neglected lately) has some vintage lovlies, re worked into wedding decoration, you can visit at Thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspiring thoughts!