November Fairs

NOVEMBER iacf FAIRS

Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Fair in the South of England

Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th November

South of England Showground, Ardingly
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VINTAGE OBSESSION #20: POTTY FOR LONG TOMS

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

The teetering stack of terracotta Victorian flower pots in my allotment shed grows whenever I spot old ‘clays’ at an antiques fair. They can cost as little as £2 each – great value when you consider that they’re far better quality than modern, mass-produced equivalents. Continue reading

A Question of Display

Mark HillAntiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill

Sitting in my new boutique (well, small shop, really) in London’s Grays Antiques Centre the other day, my eyes focused out of a daydream and on to the two glass cabinets that display my stock. A riot of colours danced before my eyes, and shapes roughly resembling boiled sweets arranged on shelves came in to sharp focus to reveal the mastery of the designers who dreamed the fabulous forms up. “How marvellous!”, I thought, as my mind drifted to the fascinating stories and personalities behind them. Continue reading

October Fairs

OCTOBER iacf FAIRS

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Event in Europe

Thursday 9th & Friday 10th October

Newark & Notts Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire
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VINTAGE OBSESSION #19: OLD KEYS

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

Keys have long represented mystery, possibility and power, symbolising new beginnings and hidden secrets Continue reading

September Fairs

SEPTEMBER iacf FAIRS

Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Fair in the South of England

Tuesday 2nd ~ Wednesday 3rd September

South of England Showground, Ardingly
SAT NAV:RH17 6TL

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Swinderby Antiques & Collectors Fair
One Day Monday Fair

Monday 8th September

RAF Swinderby, Nr. Lincoln
SAT NAV : LN6 9QG

IACF Swinderby

Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair
Super Sunday London Fair

Sunday 14th September

Alexandra Palace Way, London
SAT NAV : N22 7AY

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

Friday 19th ~ Sunday 21st September

Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
SAT NAV : BA4 6QN

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #18: PASTIS CARAFES

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

I’ve always had a penchant for vintage Pastis carafes, used to carry water for diluting the strong, anise-flavoured French apéritif to taste (mix one part Pastis to five parts water for best results). The 1950s and 1960s bottles are the best – Continue reading

August Fairs

AUGUST iacf FAIRS

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Largest Antiques Event in Europe

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th August

Newark & Notts Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire
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VINTAGE OBSESSION #17: HUNGARIAN GRAIN SACKS

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

Pop a pillow inside one and use it as a chic sofa cushion, use them as laundry bags, or cut them up and sew sturdy tote bags or table runners. You can even use them to cover armchairs if you have enough sacks and know a good upholsterer. Hard-wearing, practical, and often adorned with a smart stripe and the initials of the original owner, grain sacks are completely irresistible to the average Vintage Addict. Continue reading

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