There’s no feeling quite like uncovering a beautiful, one of a kind item in a sea of clutter and junk at a car boot sale. We could spend hours sifting through trinkets and trunks. Flea markets and car boots make brilliant days out for those lazy, good-weather Sundays, and makes a great change from trawling high street shops for the same old stuff. Vintage items have such character and bring stories into your interior that make for a more memorable home.
Rockett St George was born from a love of exploring flea market stalls and the eclectic jumble found in boot sales. Co-Founders Jane and Lucy have discovered amazing treasures that inspired them to provide similarly unique and quirky home accessories for other people. Unusual finds such as a velvety, broody-toned portrait found in a Berlin Flea Market by Jane or a Chanel Mirror at an antique fair by Lucy will inject personality into your decor. This feeling of bringing excitement and curiosity into a home is what Rockett St George are all about.
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost among all the fabrics and furniture, so we’ve pulled together a guide for mastering the bend-over boutique!
1. BE AN EARLY BIRD
Get there first! Whether it’s the first day or just arriving early, it’s important to beat the buzz for the best selection. You can stop by at the end of the last day to get the biggest discounts too!
Make sure you’ve got cash to hand. There’s nothing worse than having to put a gorgeous item back on the shelf because you’ve only got the plastic!
3. DO THE MATHS
If it’s furniture you’re after, do the sensible thing and bring a tape measure! Once you purchase something – it’s yours – so you want to make sure you can squeeze it through the front door! That cabinet probably won’t fit into your handbag, so unless you’ve come prepared with a van, it’s worth finding out whether the seller offers pick-up or delivery options.
4. BE WISE
It’s okay to get technical when negotiating on price. Ebay and Google will work in your favor! We’ve always got our phones close by and they are extremely handy for google-ing how much an item is really worth.
5. TAKE YOUR TIME
It’s quite simple, all you have to really do is enjoy yourself! There’s probably a lot to see, so if possible try and determine the layout before you go so you don’t miss out anything special. Look high and low – you never know what gem might be hiding in that box over there…
TOP 5 FINDS
Co-Founder Lucy St George has put together her favourite locations for seeking out old items and making them good as new…
1. Pure White Lines
Pure White Lines is where Lucy found the gorgeous Industrial Railway Mirror which originates from an old Prague railway. The business has already established reputation for specialising in dramatic one off pieces and has a stock turnover so fast that no two visits will ever look the same! If distressed painted furniture is your thing you’ll love what they have to offer…
45 Hackney Road, London, E2 7NX
2. Ardingly Antique Fair
This is where Lucy came across that stunning Chanel Mirror! Ardingly have 1,700 stalls housing thousands of goods from fine antique furniture to delicate ceramics. It has a reputation as one of the best UK antique fairs where you can find European decorative items.
South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL
3. Newark Antique Fair
The Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair is world renowned. The ultimate place for treasure hunting, it is the largest event of its kind in Europe – a world-wide phenomenon! You will find things from chandeliers and rugs, to memorabilia and paintings, not to mention the finest of antique furniture.
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY
4. Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields Market is widely renowned for its cutting-edge fashion, but you’re sure to find an amazing range of vintage homewares too. Contemporary or classic, you’ll be spoilt for choice… Sunday’s are best for Vintage homeware finds.
Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW
For incredible Car Boot finds, visit the Carboot Calendar and Carboot Junction for up-to-date listings around the UK. Bank Holidays are always brilliant for Bend-Over Boutiques, so we’re very excited that one’s coming up… Happy weekend and happy shopping!