Wednesday, 20 June 2012

MARCHANDS AMBULANTS


Yes, that's our name - we wander around, buying and selling, here and there. It's French for pedlar or hawker, but marchands ambulants sounds much more respectable and, as usual, we did a lot of "ambulanting" around junk and antique shops on our recent trip. I pinched the name from Priscilla Carluccio, sister of Terence Conran and an icon to ladies of a certain age. (She is 76 - if she's still in the loop there's no excuse for we spring chickens not to be.) Priscilla has a blog herself, from which I learned that she too was once a "pedlar", in France. She also mentions Alastair Hendy's retro-style shop, the coolest shop in Hastings, almost too cool for us to dare to enter.


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Here are some more of the shops we found in Hastings and Rye.








Here are a few of the things I found...


...a tiny Victorian cross-stitch sampler, just 1 by 2.5 inches in size.


A little dress shirt for a gentleman with an 8 inch chest


An antique miniature dresser made from slate mined at Blaenau Ffestiniog in about 1850.


A model Arts & Crafts chair, finely crafted in oak...


...a prospective new owner already trying it for size.

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3 comments:

  1. Your photos and the beautiful shops that are their subject make me quite homesick! I do miss the lovely, fascinating and curious shops of England - it's not the style of the town where I live at all. These all look so inviting and interesting. I absolutely love your model Arts and Crafts chair...as for the miniature dresser, it's perfect! Axxx

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  2. Thank you Annie - I enjoy your photos of Spain too. I was 16 when I last visited and I won't tell you how long ago that is, but one abiding memory is of the exceptionally kind & friendly Spanish people.
    Nilly x

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