Chiswick gets an antiques market

Image above: stall holder at St Albans antiques market

Chiswick High Rd will be getting an open air antiques market. The organiser of the open air Antiques and Vintage market in St Albans, Jennifer Titmuss, has been granted a street trading licence by Hounslow Council to run a similar market in Chiswick High Rd, in the same location as the Chiswick Flower Market, from 9.00am – 3.00pm on the second Sunday of each month. (The flower market is on the first Sunday of the month).

The market stalls will start in front of Chiswick Police Station, but will stretch further than those of the Chiswick Flower Market, all the way along the south side of Chiswick High Rd to in front of South Beach shop at 123 Chiswick High Road W4 2ED. To create social distancing, each pitch will have their own queue. While social distancing regulations are still in place, Jenny plans to have 50 – 60 stalls.

Once we get past the pandemic and the pitches can be closer together, the market will have up to 80 traders, selling all sorts of antique and vintage objects, including architectural salvage, furniture (upcycled and not), French Brocante, ‘collectables’ such as china dolls and World War II memorabilia, ‘ephemera’ – printed materials such as post cards – and ‘kitchenabilia’ – old kitchen stuff.

Images above: stall holders at St Albans antiques market

Speaking at the meeting of the Licencing panel on Tuesday 17 November, Jennifer Titmuss said:

“A monthly antique and vintage market would bring visitors, vibrancy and opportunity to an already popular and atmospheric community, help improve the potential for local shops and businesses, particularly after such a hard and terrible year.

“An event in the community like this should be embraced and seen as an opportunity for everyone. The marketing would purposefully not come with any outside food and catering outlets, allowing all existing eateries and coffee shops to benefit from the extra trade on market days”.

She said she had designed the layout of the market so there would be easy access for people to the shops as well as to the stalls, in both a Covid and post- Covid scenario, and that she was looking forward to a period of post-Covid prosperity.

“It’s such a nice thing to have and Chiswick is such a fitting place for it.”

The three councillors on the licencing panel, which include Chiswick councillor Cllr Gabriella Giles, granted the licence on condition the stalls did not take up more than one third of the available footpath.

The first antiques and vintage market will take place on Sunday 13 December.

Image above: Man leafing through records on a stall at St Albans antiques market

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