To celebrate Karen’s birthday, we booked a range of B&Bs in the South West of England in February 2017. Here we talk about the places we stayed, the antique shops, auctions and car boots that we visited and how we nearly bought a life-size replica cannon in Lostwithiel.
The first stop was Wells in Somerset, where we stayed at Worth House guesthouse. The owner was an accomplished musician who treated us to some beautiful piano music during our visit. There were only a few pickings in the Wells charity shops – just a handful of new additions to our already extensive collection of 1960s clip-on earrings.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
The Merrimoor Inn at Mawgan Porth near Newquay, Cornwall was a welcome haven from the cold. The beach there is home to surfers even in February. We did not join them! Nearby, Wadebridge Antique Centre had some beautiful items with some a bit beyond our budget. Yellow glass is quite unusual because it is tricky to make, so a punt on a pair of 1930s Art Deco black and yellow vases seemed, therefore, a worthy investment.
The inn owner gave us a tip-off about an imminent antique auction at Jeffreys Auctions in Lostwithiel.
We hadn’t time to view the lots before it started – a classic mistake – but waded in nevertheless. We spotted an Arts and Crafts copper mirror which we agreed on a limit of £150 for. It was way out of our league going for over £2000. Franc had a rogue bid on a job lot of wrecked embroidery frames. Another project! We were tempted by lot 294, a life-size replica canon, but resisted, as it would not fit in the Battlestar, aka our motorhome.
At Liskeard, in the cattle market car park, there was a row of sheds, a couple of which are occupied by vintage sellers. Here we added to our collection of vintage salt and pepper pots.
Our next stop was Paignton in Devon. The Paignton Club on the Esplanade has a fantastic chef and is fine dining on a budget. We had an unusual find in one of the antique shops in the Old Town – a 1960s perpetual calendar of the Space Needle in Seattle.
he Newton Abbott racecourse car boot sale was extremely cold and we were grateful to be buyers rather than sellers. Anyone up for a painting of Desert Orchid? It’s in the depths of our garage somewhere!
Last stop on this trip was the Hungerford Arcade Antiques Emporium. This is a must for people who love a hunt especially the legendary bargain basement. It also has an excellent café in the rafters.
Back home and the hard work starts – unloading, listing, and packing. Heads down everyone!
You can find the Seattle Space Needle perpetual calendar, the Art Deco pair of vases and much more from our travels on our eBay shop. If you want to know the story behind any of our items, please drop us a line and we’ll be happy to fill you in.