When we shop in England.

We’ve been enough times that we experience some sameness.

Philip in full shopping mode, with our plaid trolley.

Philip in full shopping mode, with our plaid trolley.

We know the weather will be fickle, but often nicer than in SW Missouri. And since we spend most of our days out in the weather, we are “Boy Scout” prepared. On our February England antique shopping trip, we each took two coats and used them both separately and at the same time on the same day.

Seller from France. And yes, we bought those chairs!

Seller from France. And yes, we bought those chairs!

We’ll meet new sellers. Some of these will become our “go-to” each trip; and others, we will try to avoid henceforth. If we find a new source for antiques, we hope their attitude is positive and not pushy. On the most part, we’re dealing with the British, who are polite, professional and friendly. They say “Thank You” and mean it.

See what we mean?

See what we mean?

We’ll eat yummy farm fresh food. At the Lincoln fair, we had a homemade melt-in-your mouth meringue filled with fruit and fresh whipped cream. OMG! We’ll try new things (parsnips!), but we will miss salads, iced tea, and Mexican chips and salsa.

Successful Royal Shield.

Successful Royal Shield.

We’ll be loaded down with coins. The £2 (Philip’s favourite) and £1 (Theresa’s favourite) coins, along with the lesser ones, can weigh down our pockets. It’s just easier to hand someone a £5 note and get change back than to stare at the coins in your hand and try to make sense of them. At the end of the day, we see if we have the right coins to form a Royal Shield. We enjoy small pleasures.

Filming BBC’s Bargain Hunt’s host, Tim Wonnacott.

Filming BBC’s Bargain Hunt’s host, Tim Wonnacott.

We’ll be in the way of some film crew at a fair. Especially at the IACF’s Newark fair. There is area near the Red Gate called the Shopping Arcades and it is a prime target for film crews. There’s wonderful antiques artfully displayed and shoppers galore, so the antique reality television shows set up shots in this location. We try to shop here late on the first day and, each time, we’ve been either in the way or in the shot. Let’s hope they edit us out. We can just imagine an elderly couple sipping their tea and watching their favourite “Antique Show” and the woman shouts out, “There they are again! Blimey, why are they wearing those two coats?”

Another given: Philip will be asleep as soon as we’re in our room at the hotel.

Another given: Philip will be asleep as soon as we’re in our room at the hotel.

No word yet on the arrival of the container. Stayed tuned!

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4 responses to “When we shop in England.

  1. Judie Siddall

    Charming description of shopping for antiques in Britain!

  2. Carol H

    The chairs from France that are shown in the picture….do you still have those? Thanks

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