Family Visits – Fife, Angus, Yorkshire & Haywards Heath (April 2017)

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See what we have to look through to find our stock! - Steptoe's Yard

Franc and I have family in Cupar, Fife, Scotland and Haywards Heath near Brighton. We are very easy to entertain, needing just a drive and directions to the nearest car boot sale. The journeys up or down can offer some of our favourite antique haunts.

On our way down south last April, we found an antique shop called The Tinners Rabbits at Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire. We spent quite some time debating whether to invest in a US Sherman Tank periscope. We did and it sold quickly. You see, finds don’t have to be beautiful or useful – sometimes they can just be bizarre!

Fife and Angus

Dundee was a very wealthy place in the 19th Century and its auction house produces some very fine pieces. In previous years, we have bought huge job lots, which took some manhandling as the parking suitable for the motorhome is some distance away. This year we agreed a few selected pieces less manhandling but not the same profit.

Clepington Antiques Centre in Dundee is a regular haunt and has featured many times on BBC Bargain Hunt. On-road parking at the front is possible and prices are good. Derek and his daughter Rosie are really friendly and Jim is quite a character and loves a haggle. You need to hunt and rummage about a bit but there are always good finds. If you like porcelain and glass then this is your place.

Pop-up thrift shops are always worth looking out for in Scotland. You can find them one year and they are gone the next. A little north of Montrose near St Cyrus is Steptoe’s Yard. You need a hard hat and toe protectors, but if you like a rummage then this is the place for you. There are acres of stuff, inside and out, some perched precariously on high shelves. As always, you need to check condition carefully but there are definitely some real bargains to be had.

Traveling To Scotland

Our preferred route to Scotland is through the Northumberland National Park. The Redesdale Arms near Otterburn let us stop with our motorhome overnight in their car park in exchange for purchasing an excellent meal in the pub. Great local ale too! There is so little light pollution in that area, which makes it great for stargazing and a fantastic night’s sleep.

Jedburgh

A little further on is Jedburgh, one of our favourite places. The beauty of the abbey never fails to surprise me. Grove Antiques in Jedburgh is a must but only after 10am – it’s worth the wait. There is a bargain table at the front often with quality vintage items. The owner has an eye for quality antique ladies accessories for a range of budgets. My heart rules my head in this shop but I love to keep some of the items purchased, even if just for a little while. We have some enamel silver buckles from Jedburgh that transport you back to days of county balls, dance cards and coming out.

Yorkshire

On our return from Scotland, we tend to stay in or around York. It is over halfway home and the lion share of the driving is done. We have found a Caravan and Camping Club certificated site on the outskirts of York but now we like to park on the owner’s driveway as the Battlestar had to be towed out of the field by a 4×4 when it sunk up to its axles due to the soft ground!

York Auction market and car boot sale is on Sunday mornings all year round. The sheds are only for the very hardy in winter but there is a café with a full breakfast on site to warm you up. If you arrive early, the clearance traders vans are stacked with bargains. Sometimes, we are not above scrabbling around a skip! The York Auction car boot sale is no exception, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

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York Auction Centre

York Auction is the first on our list of our top 10 UK car boot sales. Read the full list here – Classic Brocante’s Top 10 UK Car Boot Sales

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