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Market Times • October 2013
A London antiques market that ticks along nicely By NICOLA GOULD
GREENWICH Clocktower Antiques Market isn’t for sniffy, antiques buffs looking for exquisite Louis Quinze furniture or high-end antique silver.
But it is full of colourful characters and every type of antique and vintage item you could want, from antique jewellery and furniture, to vintage clothes, trunks and cases with amazing stories behind them, and objets d’art.
Named after the nearby clocktower in Greenwich High
Road, the open market is a little out of the buzzing centre of Greenwich, which is famous for its magnificent historic buildings, the Cutty Sark and, of course, the iconic, covered Greenwich Market.
But it still pulls in the crowds including tourists, locals and collectors who love the diverse mix of antiques, retro and vintage. You never know what you’re going to find on the next stall. The welcome is warm and the traders are friendly.
Jane Dent, originally from Leeds,
who came to the capital to study at Goldsmiths and stayed, runs the market single-handedly.
She said: “I became a market trader by accident. A rag yard opened where I lived. The owner suggested I buy from him and sell vintage clothes at Greenwich antiques market for a lot more.”
She made a success of the business for five years. Then, when the operators pulled out of the market because it was not profitable, Jane was one of a
handful of traders who approached Greenwich Council, asking to run the market to save it from closure.
That was 25 years ago. The other trader operators have fallen by the wayside, but Jane continues to run the market – and sells badges when there is a spare stall going.
The clocktower antiques market has been a success story, with around 50 stalls usually full every Saturday and Sunday.
Jane said: “It is a family atmosphere. Rent is £20 for a
  Jane Dent has run the market for about 25 years. When there is a spare stall, she sells badges on the market
Riley is a well-known character at the antiques and vintage market. He sells vintage clothes

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