How much fun is it to wander through the little antique shops of Rye, finding treasures along the way. As experienced purveyors of antique (and junk) shops, we love Rye, it has so much to discover, and every shop is different. With the vintage look at the height of fashion, it is much more pleasing to pick up some original pieces rather than buy reproduction items which are in the high street.
A perfect hideaway, completely in keeping with the vintage feel is Southerdown. A stone’s throw from Winchelsea beach this cottage is filled with curios and has beach side living down to a tee. http://www.mulberrycottages.com/cottage/holiday-cottages-in-east-sussex/37186-southerndown/
Or why not stay at Anvil Cottage, a contemporary house sleeping 6, nestled into the centre of Rye and just steps away from the main antique shops. With an enviable parking space, it is the perfect base for all your exploring and you may even come home with some wonderful finds. http://www.mulberrycottages.com/cottage/holiday-cottages-in-east-sussex/44398-anvil-cottage/
Auction houses are also a real buzz as you compete with rival bidders for antiques with a frantic wave of your bidding number. If ‘your heart in your mouth’ excitement of a general auction sound too traumatic, try a specialist auction instead where experts have already identified, dated and estimated the worth of objects for sale. For a great auction experience head to Gorringes in Lewes, the leading auction house in the south east. http://www.mulberrycottages.com/cottage/holiday-cottages-in-east-sussex/63101-lily-apartment/
If you don’t have the benefit of a trained eye, don’t worry there are lots of ways to see a wide range of antiques available for a good price. Antique fairs provide both quality and quantity as thousands of dealers set up stalls selling everything from art deco lamps to clocks. One of England’s biggest is held at Ardingly in Sussex which has a staggering 3,000 stalls is also a great place to browse for the perfect treasure. They have 2 day sales every two months, sellers come from all over the country and some from Europe, it is a wonderful day out. http://www.mulberrycottages.com/cottage/holiday-cottages-in-east-sussex/62341-the-well-house/
Hastings is another wonderful area for antiques and collectables. The Antiques Warehouse, open 7 days a week is in the High Street on 3 floor. It is a co operative of antique sellers so a large variety of items for sale. The building itself was originally the headquarters of the Duke of Wellington (Sir Arthur Wellesley) so interesting in itself. Lindsey Mansions in Hastings is ideally situated for finding antiques in Hastings and the surrounding area. http://www.mulberrycottages.com/cottage/holiday-cottages-in-east-sussex/61051-lindsey-mansions/
Whatever the weather, we retro junkies love browsing and Sussex has plenty to browse!