Latest News Articles by Joan Porter

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Duo launch new Cornish antiques fair at country house venue

19 August 2019

Former farmer Ralph Retallack is now an antiques dealer in Falmouth with his partner Nicola Fuller. They are launching an antiques and decorative fair near St Ives this September and are looking to attract more quality exhibitors including architectural salvage dealers.

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Court is now in session as Magistrates Market Antiques Centre opens for business

19 August 2019

In January this year we ran a Fairs & Markets story (ATG No 2374) about the Georgian former courthouse in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, which had reopened its doors as an antiques and cultural centre using the first floor only.

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Congleton antiques centre stays open despite deluge

19 August 2019

The floods which swept north-west England at the end of July involved major downpours hitting Congleton in Cheshire. This included Victoria Mill Antiques and Collectors’ Centre on the edge of town, which stayed open despite flood damage, as this Twitter picture below shows.

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Rugby club substitute for the palace

19 August 2019

A dealer who was so disappointed that the second of the biannual Art Deco fairs held at Eltham Palace in September had been cancelled has launched his own nearby.

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Wilton House Car Boot set for bank holiday weekend

12 August 2019

Coming up on August Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) is an annual event which brings thousands of eager buyers to the grounds of a stately home in Wiltshire.

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Exhibitors prepare for Vintage on the Green event taking place in West Sussex

12 August 2019

The words ‘country’ and ‘brocante’ have an allure of their own as Lucy Haywood discovered when she founded the Country Brocante store in the village of Midhurst, West Sussex.

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Fine home for Fairfield centre

12 August 2019

A fine Victorian building in the town of Cockermouth in the Lake District which was built in 1868 for the founder of Mitchell’s Auctions – whose saleroom is still in the town – is now home to the Fairfield House Antiques Centre.

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Pioneer of Shropshire antiques centre leaves to take up her pen as an author

12 August 2019

An antiques dealer in the picturesque market town of Bridgnorth in Shropshire is retiring from the trade to concentrate on her writing career.

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Organiser hands over the Bermondsey market reins

05 August 2019

It’s with a rather heavy heart that Mike Collins, director of specialist market operator Sherman & Waterman, has announced that he is giving up running the Friday antiques market at Bermondsey.

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So Last Century launch third fair in Croydon

05 August 2019

Alison Davis and Alan Old of So Last Century Vintage and Retro Fairs are launching a third fair in south London.

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Bottoms up in Hatfield

05 August 2019

Art in Clay Hatfield has been running for 25 years and is regarded as one of the most important ceramic and pottery festivals in Europe.

Former Field Dog duo back with revived fair

05 August 2019

Well-known dealers Ruth and Paul Thurman were the long-term organisers of Field Dog Fairs, running antiques and collectors’ events across the East Midlands, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northants.

Marquee back by popular demand in the New Forest

22 July 2019

Following “unprecedented demand”, a popular antiques and collectors’ marquee is set to return to this year’s three-day New Forest Show in Hampshire after it was not included in last year’s event.

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Event adds to Victorian value

22 July 2019

Week of royal celebration now includes a one-day 20-exhibitor antiques and vintage fair.

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Four antiques and vintage events in Scotland for summer 2019

22 July 2019

Upcoming fairs in Scotland in the spotlight.

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Fringe benefits could help Edinburgh fair

22 July 2019

The annual Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe which run this year from August 2-26 attract audiences of 400,000-plus visitors to the city.

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A fashion never out of fashion

15 July 2019

With interest high in vintage clothing, we ask fair organisers for their views on the market.

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Out and about at street events in Beccles and Bungay

15 July 2019

Focus on two antiques street fairs/markets in Suffolk held in July and August.

Firm’s future looking fine near Exeter

08 July 2019

A Taunton antiques company has taken over a long-running local antiques business.

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We do like to buy beside the seaside

08 July 2019

Two events taking place in the north and south of England offer array of vintage delights