Saturday, July 18, 2009

Alameda antiques market

I think that the best antiques markets I have seen are in England (but then I'm biased), France (Paris) and Spain (Madrid)..... but I have a new favourite..... Alamdea. The vendors are so friendly, patient and open to a bit of negotiation!

This stall is fabulous - lots of wonderful linens, pillows, bedding and a bargin bin too:

This vendor sells the most amazing decorative items.... he also has lots of very interesting books.... I actually bought, dare I say, three "sex" books from 1915... they were hilarious!

Being brought up in Stoke-on-Trent - home to all of the pottery industry (Wedgwood, Dalton, etc) - I'm always drawn to plates.... and lo and behold, these were from my home town:

Not my taste, but I'm sure these chairs went to a good home:

Gorgeous star fish and coral:

I actually used to type on one of these - honestly!

More decorative items:
Old 45s:
Letter stamps - just gorgeous:

Russian medals:

Lovely dressing table items:

These bottles remind me of my gorgeous Grandma from Durham - she had a huge bottle like this that she used to fill with hot water to warm my bed:

More vintage bottoms:

Great cutlery that would grace many a fancy table:

More vintage finds:

More great finds:


  1. Valerie,

    What is the address for the Alameda Antiques Market? It looks like so much fun and would love to check it out!


  2. Hi there, all the details for the market can be found at:

    It really is one of the best markets I have been to. It's on the first Sunday of every month and is just over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.