I recently picked up a flyer for the newest arrival on the East London market scene which opens for business at 11am tomorrow. The Hackney Wick Open Air Art Market’s 22 stalls will set up opposite local gem The Hackney Pearl where granny’s kitchen collides with a continental bar. The flyer reads… “A community market for local people with artists, designers, crafts, vintage books and music.” They accepted my pitch to sell ‘thrifted’ art but alas I haven’t got everything together in time so I hope to launch my little local stall of found arty treasures at their 2nd event on 22nd September. If anyone pops along let me know what it’s like!
This was my first ever visit to Britain’s most famous bi-monthly flea market and when we arrived I did a kind of little jig on the spot as I couldn’t decide which direction to go in first. My friend goes there on a regular basis to source vintage jewellery to adorn her beautiful handmade headpieces so she was straight down to business. I decided to stay outside where all the huge vans are parked up with their wares spilled out all over the show. It was kind of like a one stop shop of everything and anything your vintage heart desires. I really didn’t want to leave. They have a website here.
Next time you’re in Islington, ditch Upper street and seek out Pierrepont Arcade. It’s home to about 20 miniature units which sell everything from tea crockery, clothes, accessories, midcentury furniture, costume jewellery, bric-a-brac, old photos – everything you’d dream a Parisian flea market would be full of. Odyssey, run by the charming Paul is my favourite unit. He specialises in Scandinavian homewares and lighting and sources a lot of this stock from Ardingly Antiques Fair. On spotting my owl necklace he coyly admitted to having a thing for owls and told me it showed wisdom. Good man. Continue reading »