I love going down to the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet as they hold the Giant Flea market about 4 times a year. They also hold the IACF antiques fairs there approximately every month. The Flea market is bursting with stalls and goodies! The antique fairs can be a bit hit and miss to be honest; the one in late January was terrible as there weren’t enough sellers. The fairs in the summer are much better. I went last Sunday to the Giant Flea so thought I would share with you my thoughts.

It cost £4.50 per adult to go in; not bad considering there were so many stalls you could have stayed for the whole day. Under 16’s we’re free. We got there at about 10.30am (well it was a Sunday!) but it opened at 9.30am.

There are 2 large halls full of sellers who we have seen at antique fairs selling slightly more expensive bits and pieces. Lots of things outside too as well as places to buy food and drinks.

The sellers were selling all sorts; vintage clothes, pottery, jewellery, gardenalia, toys, furniture, textiles, china, glassware, guns, swords, tools and bric-a-brac. Lots of vintage or retro things although some was car boot type bits and bobs (or tat as my hubbie calls it!).

We had a great few hours looking at everything and I could have spent a fortune! However, we came looking for pretty plates and I wanted a pretty jug to put flowers in. We ended up buying these treasures:

Slightly random but I got my pretty plates and jug! The embroidery is a ladies cuff from about 1890 and is so pretty. I thought I could hang it in the bedroom. The photos were £2 each and I always feel sad seeing these types of things; lost loved ones from a lost time. So I bought them! I’m not sure what to do with them. I may collect a few more and put them in a frame. Hubble suggested they be known as Great Aunt Greta and Uncle Clive…..what do you think??


The next IACF fair at Shepton Mallet is on March 10th-12th.

The next Giant Flea market is on April 16th.