True antiquers will always have a story about the one that got away. For me, it’s the Victorian etched glass jewelry chest on London’s Portobello Road. I’ve been frequenting this market for more than 25+ years and while most of the bargains are now over-priced kitsch, there are still some gems to be found along the crowded byway.
The most famous of London’s antique markets used to start at the crack of dawn but now lazes in about 8:30 or 9am on Saturdays (my, how things have changed!) That etched glass box is long gone but there’s still a stall full of silver tea boxes and trinkets which I can always marvel at and enough boxing and old sports gear to tickle the fancy of any fan.
First-time visitors to London feel obligated to come to Portobello Road. True antique enthusiasts, however, know that some of the best antique hunting takes place at the local boot sales and other markets such as the Old Spitalfields Market, Alfies Antique Market and the Lanes out in Brighton. Yet, go visit this iconic London market, you have to…or just like me, you’ll be wondering what if I had only spent that 100 quid!
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