Fanny’s Antiques

Alongside the re-opening of other ‘non-essential’ shops this week was one of Reading’s Sleeping Beauties . Fanny’s Antiques awoke from its lockdown state to the new normal and an appreciative audience of interior designers, stylists and general hunter-gatherer-types who couldn’t wait for it to open its doors again.


Fanny’s Antiques has been a great resource for several of my projects over the years from propping for Marie Claire to Homes & Gardens magazines as well as for commercial photographic shoots and private clients.

Brocante and homely antiques

If you are local to Reading, you may know of its reputation as an affordable and ever evolving treasure trove of homely brocante and antique finds. You can find everything from a painted chest of drawers for a nursery to a vintage sledge to handsome brown furniture.

Vintage pressed flowers, baskets from £18, Fanny’s Antiques

Fanny’s antiques stall holders

Started in 1992 by Julia Lyons, Fanny’s Antiques has 25 stall holders who also happen to have some very interesting side-lines.

One is Chris Coates-Walker who runs the Antique French Chair and Sofa Co specialising in the import of French 19th Century Napoleon III chairs, sofas, day beds and ottomans.  Chris holds a stock of around 150 pieces at any one time. His clients include some of The Top 100 House & Garden interior designers as well as companies such as the Soho House group.

Chris Walker-Coates’ beautifully styled stall at Fanny’s Antiques, Reading.

Another is Louise Spiers, a designer and specialist decorative painter who runs Kitsch-en-Sync. Louise sources and renovates vintage furniture for clients and specialises in some truly amazing decoupage by upcycling chests of drawers and trunks with fabric and paper.

Home schooling? Antique French double desk and bench, £220 available from Louise Spiers’ (Kitsch-en-Sync) stall at Fanny’s Antiques, Reading.

Shop til you drop

Here’s what else I spotted this week (Fanny’s Antiques, 1 Lynmouth Road, Reading, RG1 8DE, Tel: 0118 950 8261, open 10.30 – 4 pm Mon to Sat, 12 – 4 pm Sundays) but get there fast, before it all goes!

Modernist bookends, £22, Fanny’s Antiuqes
Vintage toddler sports cars, £35 each, Fanny’s Antiques
Vintage carved bureau, £88, Fanny’s Antiques
Painted bow fronted chest of drawers, £145, Fanny’s Antiques
Vintage suitcases and trunk from £40, Fanny’s Antiques
Pretty styling with vintage pressed wildflowers and dried herbs at Fanny’s Antiques
Framed vintage/Antique? French wallpaper design, £65, Fanny’s Antiques
Moroccan bowl circa 1920, £30, Fanny’s Antiques
Selection of vintage wooden rolling pins from £6.50, Fanny’s Antiques
Mid Century children’s chairs, Fanny’s Antiques
Vintage bamboo table with drawers, £45 – crying out to be painted or lacquered! – Fanny’s Antiques
Georgian mahogany chests of drawers, £425, Fanny’s Antiques
Planted vintage garden urn, £55, Fanny’s Antiques
Selection of vintage kitchenalia and French children’s school blackboards, Fanny’s Antiques
20th Century oak Gentleman’s valet, £50, Fanny’s Antiques

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With many thanks, Charis x

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Charis White, Interior stylist/writer. Photo: Fiona McLean

5 thoughts on “Fanny’s Antiques

    1. So pleased you enjoyed it Hilary. I hope many more people will feel able to get out and support antique shops as they are to my mind one of the most rewarding retail experiences there are! Cx


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