Treasures to be found at vintage fairs
Have you ever wondered where the antique and vintage fairs are which you see on TV? Well I am pleased to say I can help with the answer!
IACF (International Antique & Collectors Fairs) hold events around the country every month. Their locations include:
- Alexandra Palace, London
- Ardingly, West Sussex (largest fair in the south)
- Newbury, Berkshire
- Shepton Mallet, Somerset
- Newark, Nottinghamshire (Also the largest fair in Europe!
With 2 or 3 events being held each month you are never far away from another your next fair. Checkout the IACF events calendar.
Most IACF fairs open early to trade buyers where entry is slightly higher per person (between £10 – £20) and then to the general public with a reduce rate from £5 pp. I guarantee that you wont be disappointed with the general public entry to these incredible events.
So I attended the Newbury fair on Monday which was held at the racecourse, for anyone local they are normally every couple of months and always on a Monday. The next is on the 24th August. I arrived just after 10am which was the opening for the general public and the entrance fee was £5. The sun was shining and everyones sprits were high. I quickly bumped into the Bargain Hunt filming crew…See I told you that these are the vintage fairs which you see on the telly!
It’s worth knowing that you need to carry cash as this is how most traders deal, there is a cash machine at Newbury Racecourse, but it costs, however I like to go with a cash budget as there is so much to choose from, it is all too easy to get carried away.
You quickly notice trends, for example you wouldn’t need to visit many stalls before I came across a pile of hessian sacks or collections of metal containers, buckets, watering cans. But amongst those more regular items you can find many hidden gems.
One of my highlights was meeting Johnnie & Robert, they were from Ledbury Lifestysle not only were they great fun they had some amazing reclaimed products for sale. My favourites included original honey churns from Hungary and some vintage army medical cases. I liked them so much one of each made it into the boot of the car.
Just as I reached the far end of the stalls, I discovered a fantastic trader who stocked hundreds of French & German products, from french linen table cloths, german jars, metal containers, french chopping boards and baguette boards. There was just so much to choose from and all at low prices.
I came away really happy, I kept to my budget and loved each and every one of my purchases.
Not only did I have a great morning, I spent the afternoon cleaning up and arranging my new vintage artefacts around the house. Do you think Matt might notice them when he gets home?
Watch out for my plans for the honey churn…they’ll deserve a blog article of it’s own!