A Flavour of The Flea

We here at VE are very fortunate to be based in the beautiful county of Dorset and near to a great many fantastic events, but our favourite by a long way, is the marvellous Shepton Flea held at the nearby Royal Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet, held around 6 times a year.

As well as us being regular sellers there, we attend every single one, looking, and usually finding, some fabulous items, and of course you can pick up a copy of VE whilst you're there too!

The Flea opens at 9.30am, but the queue to get in normally starts a good hour before, so get there early if you want to grab the best bargains!

The number of outside sellers varies depending on the weather, and on a good day there are hundreds, and that's not including the inside stands in the Showering Pavilion. The biggest one is generally the August Bank Holiday Sunday, which can span several fields! You really can spend an entire day there. (There's a cafe and restaurant inside, as well as a food area outside so you can refresh yourself!)

If you see something you're tempted by - our advice is - don't hesitate - as someone else behind you will snap it up if you don't! We've all learnt this to our cost in the past! They also have handy cash dispensing facilities (for a small fee).

To give you a ‘flavour of the flea’, here are the latest items that we’ve picked up here at VEHQ…


  Karyn - Editor Extraordinaire, Eclectic Collector  "I don’t usually have anything specific in mind when I go along to the Flea, I just buy what catches my eye. I really like unusual decorative items and prefer to mix styles to get an eclectic look. Over the years I’ve picked up some really unusual items at Shepton Flea - my most recent being this amazing piece of gnarly bog wood on a stand. I love the textures of it and it really does look fantastic displayed on a sleek Mid-century rosewood sideboard."

Karyn - Editor Extraordinaire, Eclectic Collector
"I don’t usually have anything specific in mind when I go along to the Flea, I just buy what catches my eye. I really like unusual decorative items and prefer to mix styles to get an eclectic look. Over the years I’ve picked up some really unusual items at Shepton Flea - my most recent being this amazing piece of gnarly bog wood on a stand. I love the textures of it and it really does look fantastic displayed on a sleek Mid-century rosewood sideboard."

  Woo - Webmistress, Resident Fabric Aficionado and Seamstress  "Fabric is my thing. You can never have enough of that as far as I’m concerned. But I also look out for Scandinavian ceramics, textiles and jewellery. Not so long ago I scored a huge bargain with an entire immaculate coffee set in the ‘Lotte’ design, complete with sandwich plates for under £50, plus an original pair of 1960s ‘dolly’ shoes for a whopping £8. My most recent buy though was a Swedish screen printed wall panel in oranges and reds that matches one I already had in blues, greens and purples. I snapped it up at just a few pounds."

Woo - Webmistress, Resident Fabric Aficionado and Seamstress
"Fabric is my thing. You can never have enough of that as far as I’m concerned. But I also look out for Scandinavian ceramics, textiles and jewellery. Not so long ago I scored a huge bargain with an entire immaculate coffee set in the ‘Lotte’ design, complete with sandwich plates for under £50, plus an original pair of 1960s ‘dolly’ shoes for a whopping £8. My most recent buy though was a Swedish screen printed wall panel in oranges and reds that matches one I already had in blues, greens and purples. I snapped it up at just a few pounds."

  Alan - Creative Genius, Zoo Nerd, Taxidermy Lover  "Well, I normally go straight for the taxidermy and I've been dealing in it for a couple of years now. It’s amazing what you can find, and as taxidermy is so popular at the moment there is usually a pretty good selection spread out across the Flea. My most recent buy is this slightly macabre macaque monkey skull tribal neck piece. It’s very unusual and incredibly decorative. Maybe not for everyone - but that’s why I love it!"

Alan - Creative Genius, Zoo Nerd, Taxidermy Lover
"Well, I normally go straight for the taxidermy and I've been dealing in it for a couple of years now. It’s amazing what you can find, and as taxidermy is so popular at the moment there is usually a pretty good selection spread out across the Flea. My most recent buy is this slightly macabre macaque monkey skull tribal neck piece. It’s very unusual and incredibly decorative. Maybe not for everyone - but that’s why I love it!"


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If you're interested in selling outside pitches are available on the day at just £35 for a car and £45 for a van/car with trailer or horse box - simply turn up from 7.30am and pay on the gate.

Inside pitches are £58 and must be booked and paid for in advance.

Entry for buyers is from 9.30am, priced at £4.50.

Find out more at the website www.sheptonflea.com

See you there!


2018 Dates
June 10th
July 15th
August 26th
October 14th

Entry to showground for sellers
from 7.30am

Public Opening Times
9.30am to 4.00pm

Location
Royal Bath & West
Showground
Shepton Mallet
Somerset
BA4 6QN