Each town is well known for its antique dealers and shops.
More locally is: www.whitestonefarm.f9.co.uk in Birdham.
The Trade Warehouse in Runcton www.antiques-trade-warehouse.co.uk
These ones are in Chichester itself…
Peter Hancock Antiques www.hancockantiques.co.uk
Heritage Antiques www.heritage-antiques.co.uk
Richard Gardner Antiques www.richardgardnerantiques.co.uk
Also on the A27 / Tangmere roundabout is Sussex Reclamation for garden and large items of building reclamation.
We also have 2 auction houses in Chichester – Henry Adams henryadamsfineart.co.uk and Strides and Sons www.stridesauctions.co.uk who both hold regular auctions with various themes.
Arundel – Tarrant Street, High Street and Fitzalen Road mainly.
Midhurst – Rumbolds Hill (A286) and Ashfield Road
Petworth – rugs, furniture, guns etc! Its a little place so just wander round the loop!
Vintage Goods are currently all the rage! Locally this is especially helped by the Goodwood Revival in September each year, where it is frowned upon to turn up NOT attired in vintage clothes! One-legged Jockey in Crane Street, the Vintage St Wilfrids’ Hospice shop on Eastgate junction and other shops in the City will get you suitably attired.
Top Tips for buying:
- Buy from established dealers
- Always buy what you like
- Look out for damage
- Look for original, untouched furniture, preferably with a provenance
- Keep an eye out for over-restoration – has the patina and history been ruined?
- If buying for investment – be wary of fashion!
- choose pre-War pieces if buying glass
- Stick with big name jewellery designers
- Beware of fakes
- Protect your investment with good insurance.
© Gayle Palmer 2015