Looking for second-hand and antique homewares but don’t know where to start? We asked 10 interiors experts where they source their treasures. Fill your boots!
designer and ceramicist
I have a cottage in Oxfordshire, and on the weekends that I’m there I make a pilgrimage to Station Mill Antiques. A two-storey floor bric-a-brac shop that sells stuff from lots of different dealers. I know it so well by now, and have found some real gems before – my favourite being an oil painting of a bearded gent.
Visit: Station Mill (Chipping Norton, OH7 5HX)
lifestyle blogger of Hill House Vintage
My favourite physical shop is a place called Bulldog Barns in Norfolk. A veritable emporium of shabby chic, antiques and everything in between, I never leave empty handed. I sell the odd bit of painted furniture and decorative antiques there myself, however, it's really an excuse to browse and do what I do best: vintage hunting!
founder of edit58 Online
I like trawling the-saleroom.com, a marketplace for art and antique auctions. There are hundreds of auctions at any one time, but you can tailor your search. On Instagram, I love and regularly shop from Maison Artefact, Scout Decorative and Puckhaber decorative antiques.
In terms of reclamation yards, I always stop off at Lassco Three Pigeons in Oxfordshire. And I can never resist a visit to Petworth Antiques – a collection of traders all under one roof in Petworth (where there is a whole host of other brilliant antiques shops, too).
Visit: Lassco Three Pigeons (Thame, OX9 2JN)
founders of Ceraduo
Online, we love TAT London. Charlie has a great eye for those little stylish pieces that look like they've always been in your home, from sconces and oil paintings to lamps and antique cloths. Also 8 Holland St, where Tobias's skilfully curated collection is filled with all the pieces we wish we had the sourcing budget for! Super chic collectibles and statement pieces.
For artwork, it has to be A Prin. Benedict has a real talent for curating covetable works, not to mention a talent for colourful and often unexpected framing styles. He plucks pieces from antique shops and online that the majority of us would overlook, and presents them in the most joyful and eye-catching ways.
founder of the aforementioned TAT London
I constantly have new favourite antique dealers, and stare at their websites with envy and awe. At the moment my two favourites are Sauce London & Punch The Clock – both have an exciting, well-curated selection. I'd happily have everything on their websites. That's not too much to ask, right?
interior designer and owner of Studio Squire
I’m a big fan of The Old Cinema in Chiswick, which houses all sorts of antiques, from beautiful rococo mirrors and art deco lighting, right down to cut crystal glassware and artworks. You have to go regularly to scout out the best items but it’s worth it as there are some real gems to be found.
Visit: The Old Cinema (Chiswick, W4 1PR)
aka millennial antiques dealer Trad Chap
The Giant Flea Market at the Bath & West showground is excellent. Hundreds of stalls and something for every budget means you’ll always come away with something.
Visit: The Giant Flea Market (Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN)
founder of online shop By Alice
I adore heading to car boot sales for fun little trinkets and small pieces. The monthly one at Chiswick School is fantastic and always full of gems – finding the diamonds in the rough is half the fun! I also make a habit of going to Portobello on Fridays and Saturdays – the Golborne Road is especially good for small bits that make a big difference.
aesthetic doctor and antiques collector
My favourite place is Christie’s, but unfortunately, budget doesn’t always allow for it. Bonhams and Georgian Antiques in Edinburgh are both great. The latter is ginormous and filled with some unusual pieces that aren’t too expensive.
Visit: Bonhams (Edinburgh, EH2 1JX), Georgian Antiques Edinburgh, EH6 7HF
founder of The Antik Store
Sunbury Antiques Market is an absolute must. Held at Kempton Racecourse, it runs twice a month (the first and last Tuesday) and has dealers from all over the UK and Europe. The best deals happen pre 8am so get there early to grab a bargain.
Visit: Sunbury Antiques Market (KT10 9AJ)