Those of you following me on Twitter (@SkinnyLatteLDN) may have noticed my over-excited tweets last weekend after I found a 45 piece tea set that I bought for just £15 at Jackie’s flea market style stall in Hampstead! Down Flask Walk and outside the second hand bookshop, Keith Fawkes, I found piles of china, art, vinyl, mirrors, jigsaw puzzles, glass wear and the odd piece of furniture. I wanted to take a photo for a post but my arms were laden with heavy china and I was too terrified of sudden movements to put it down and fish out my camera. The stall seems to be a Hampstead institution; as I walked up Rosslyn Hill people asked me, “Ooh – been to Jackie’s have you?”
I went again this weekend, this time with my arms free to take photos and gesticulate wildly in excitement at the bargains. I honestly only intended to take photos and window shop but I ended up buying an interesting oriental print of two roosters in a golden bamboo frame (£4) and a set of 6 placemats with pictures of old London (£3). Yes – an odd combo, I admit! Jackie is as wildly eccentric as us Brits get: a hoot of a glamour puss with red lipstick and an Eliza Doolittle cockney accent. She prices things on the fly according to the apparent affluence of the person who enquires (that might be my cynic imagination) so, if you plan to visit, you should dress down and try to catch her in a generous mood.