Stuff With A Story

Mark HillAntiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill

The other week I had an interesting conversation over dinner with one of my Roadshow colleagues at the first Roadshow of the most recent, and 37th, season. It’s one that held great resonance for me personally, as I am about to open a small, but perfectly formed, shop in Grays antiques market in the centre of London. This particular colleague has had a shop for many years, having given up a lucrative job in the city ages ago to pursue his passions of dealing in and working with antiques. Continue reading

VINTAGE OBSESSION #16: WOODEN BUTTER PADDLES

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Bloggershares another of her vintage passions…

Any self-respecting vintage addict has either already got or has fantasised about owning a pair of pleasing little wooden butter paddles. Continue reading

June Fairs

JUNE IACF FAIRS

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Event in Europe

Thursday 5th ~ Friday 6th June

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark
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VINTAGE OBSESSION #15: METAL WATERING CANS

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Blogger

The geraniums, petunias and trailing lobelia plants are thriving in the back garden. The herbs are flourishing and the allotment is…well…to be honest, filled with weeds as always – but there are strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, onions and garlic there, somewhere, if you look hard and move the couch grass about a bit.
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May Fairs

MAY iacf FAIRS

Shepton Mallet Antique, Vintage & Collectors Fair
The West Country’s Premier Antiques Event

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th May

Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
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VINTAGE OBSESSION #14: FEUERHAND LANTERNS

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Blogger

It was while I was at an antiques fair last year that I spotted them. Two. Together. Perfect. Slightly rusty. But not too rusty. Matching. Gorgeous.
‘FEUERHAND’ (firehand) proclaimed the engraved banners across their bases and, once I’d rubbed off some grime with my thumb, more lettering was revealed: ‘275 BABY’, ‘WESTERN GERMANY’.
I tried to act cool. Continue reading

April Fairs

APRIL IACF FAIRS

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Event in Europe

Thursday 3rd ~ Friday 4th April

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark
SAT NAV: NG24 2NY

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #13: FALCON BILLY CANS

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant IACF VIntage Shopping Blogger

This obsession is tied up with many others. My ‘Billy Can Thing’ is merely the tip of a rather large and ever-expanding iceberg of an obsession: The Wild. Continue reading

March Fairs

MARCH IACF FAIRS

Swinderby Antiques & Collectors Fair
One Day Monday Fair

Monday 10th March

RAF Swinderby, Nr Lincoln
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New Buyers

Mark HillAntiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill

There he was, in a tent in a park at London’s top decorative antiques fair. Standing in funky trainers, Tom Ford glasses, designer jeans and a Prada jacket. A successful City banker friend of my boyfriend, trying to look at least ten years younger. A mid-life crisis and an attempt to stay relevant maybe? It doesn’t matter, it’s what’s in his wallet that the mercenary are interested in. And isn’t every dealer and fair organiser (rightly and fairly) looking for exactly this sort of buyer, who they may be able to turn into a regular client and even, dare I say it, a collector?

He’d just bought his first million-pound Continue reading