Shops: Wells Antiques & Collectables, and Stiffkey Stores, North Norfolk

by Sasha Wilkins on August 16, 2013 · 12 comments

Wells antique centre

I only had two days in Norfolk, so we used them wisely: heading to Wells Beach on the Sunday and Cley next the Sea Beach on the Monday. On the way to Wells though, we managed to slip in a little shopping at Wells Antique Centre. Emma was looking for furniture for her mother’s holiday cottage and me? Well I would have to be tied down to stop me missing an opportunity for a rummage.

Stiffkey Stores

But first of all we needed coffee really quite badly, so we nipped into Stiffkey Stores. It’s a village shop, but not as we know it from our childhoods. There are no packs of weeping bacon, dusty tins of Ambrosia Custard and packets of Mother’s Pride white sliced. No, this is a village shop re-imagined for the 21st century, all Farrow & Ball muted tones, upcycled glass vessels and blowsy peonies.

Stiffkey Stores

You need a firm hand on the purse strings, as amongst the penny sweets, organic produce, usual groceries, artisan breads, epic flapjacks (we ate a giant one each) and excellent coffee in candy striped cups, lurk vintage homewares, a strict edit of good cookbooks and lovely toys for children.

Stiffkey Stores

Stiffkey Stores

Stiffkey Stores

Appropriately caffeineated, we drove off to Wells to forage in the antiques centre. it is *exactly* the kind of store I like. We are not talking about £10k sideboards here, rather racks of vintage clothes, cupboards of antique glass, old rugs, pretty china, secondhand books, lots of useful furniture and all sorts of curiosities.

Wells antique centre

Wells antique centre

You can just see the glass sweetie jar I bought for FOUR POUNDS in the pic above – and below. I also bought this amazing pristine heavy decanter for the princely sum of fourteen of your English pounds. I’ve seen similar for £100+ in London shops…

vintage decanters Wells Antique centre

I have no house room for these lovely lamps, but my heart longs for them.

Wells antique centre

Wells Antique Centre

Wells antique centre

Wells antique centre

Wells Antique Centre
Maryland, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1LY 01328 711433

Stiffkey Stores
The Old Coach House, Wells Road, Stiffkey, Norfolk, NR231QH

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Lucy August 16, 2013 at 01:10

I just know that if I’d visited that shop I would have bought so many things! I recently started decorating my apartment and am snapping up new cute little things at an alarming rate. This looks like a great place to have a look round.

Lucy x The New Northerner

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LLG August 21, 2013 at 15:29

@Lucy: I could have spent a fortune in there! LLGxx

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Tyra August 16, 2013 at 06:45

Libery London girl, I like your blog and loved it on blogionaire.com

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Katie August 16, 2013 at 11:19

Those leather trunks…sigh!!!

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Emma August 16, 2013 at 14:40

I love shops like that, you can easily pick up so many bits!

Hmm maybe…

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Su Mose August 17, 2013 at 12:55

I’m just so glad I live within a few miles of both of these lovely gems. We’re so lucky here…too many choices…

Thank you for your beautiful blog…

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LLG August 21, 2013 at 15:47

@Su Mose: Thank you Su. God knows how you stay out of either place! LLGxx

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Lu August 17, 2013 at 14:57

Oh I will have to put that on my list of places to go when I am back home in December… Looks like you found some really pretty bargains too! xxx

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LLG August 21, 2013 at 15:44

@Lu: It is DEF worth a visit. I still dream about those cut glass lamps…LLGxx

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mira August 18, 2013 at 00:10

Thank god I live in Canada or those trunks would be in my living room right now.

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LLG August 21, 2013 at 15:44

@mira: I really want some vintage trunks. Sadly one bed London flats don’t really fit them! LLGxx

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