Fairs & Markets (print edition)


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Book fairs are buzzing, says dealer

04 September 2017

An early 19th century card game in its original wooden box but lacking some of the mostly bright cards – there are 24 top, 24 middle and 28 bottom sections in the box – is for sale from Michael Moon’s Bookshop in Whitehaven in Cumbria for £595 at the York book fair.

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Vic is among big-name ticks

28 August 2017

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot will hit the south-east Kent coastal town of Folkestone on the opening day of the Folkestone Triennial.

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Folkestone triennial – a tower of strength

28 August 2017

Possibly the most memorable press exposure the Folkestone Triennial has had was at its first event in 2008 when Tracey Emin left a trail of bronzed baby clothes and booties across the town to highlight the numbers of teenage pregnancies across the south-east.

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British Horological Institute launches a clocks and watches fair at its Nottinghamshire headquarters

28 August 2017

A horological story rarely makes the national news, but the announcement that Big Ben is falling silent until 2021 as major conservation work begins rang loud and clear in headlines.

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Mid-century gives musician much to chew on

28 August 2017

This is the story of how James Watkins went from being half of the electro-pop duo Chew Lips, performing at music festivals across Europe including Glastonbury – “we were the sort of late afternoon band you don’t really listen to” – to running an online business selling mid-century design, particularly furniture.

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Kimonos are a stand-out style

28 August 2017

The great flowering of the kimono was in the Edo period (1615-1868) when the merchant and artisan classes, or chōnin, could not use their new-found wealth to improve their social status, so rigid was the shogun military hierarchy.

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Pick up a bucket (or two) in Somerset

26 August 2017

The Giant Flea and Collectors’ Market at the Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet is almost fully booked inside with 200 stallholders.

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High praise given to palace Deco delight

21 August 2017

So enamoured was Deco dealer Bill Jones of Style 1900 with the biannual Art Deco fairs held in the Great Hall at Eltham Palace in south London that he started his own: in Norfolk and East Sussex.

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Fundraiser brews for malthouse

21 August 2017

The popular annual Antiques in the Street event held in the market town of Ashbourne is being revived and will support restoration of an 18th century building.

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Italian magnet for art and antiques

21 August 2017

The ancient Tuscan city of Arezzo, with its Roman ruins, medieval walls, Renaissance architecture and murals by Piero della Francesca, has long been a magnet for art lovers.

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Family flies into Hemswell

14 August 2017

With a thriving antiques and retro trade business, Mike and Vicky Mills of Antique Interiors in the Lincolnshire town of Gainsborough are also one of the UK’s largest dealers in stained-glass windows.

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Do you feel lucky, steampunk?

14 August 2017

Steampunk is described in earnest tones on Wikipedia as “a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century industrial-power machinery”.

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Dealer chuffed to be rolling onwards

14 August 2017

Nick Gerrard, who has been dealing in railwayana largely at the Pickering Antique Centre in the North Yorkshire market town, is rolling out his stock, moving on and expanding his business.

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Cars help a sales drive

14 August 2017

Alex Robins of Antique Fairs Cornwall (AFC Fairs) has run her biannual two-day antiques, vintage and decorative fairs at the Royal Cornwall Showground for nine years.

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From Far East to East Midlands

07 August 2017

Back in the day, the most common overseas buyer at IACF Newark would have been American. However, a larger number now hails from the Far East, with visitors from Korea, Japan and Taiwan making up 30% of the overseas buyer numbers at the East Midlands event, according to IACF estimates.

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Honeypot Antiques Centre holds a last sale

07 August 2017

After a successful 21 years of trading, 16 of them under the current management, Honeypot Antiques Centre is closing later this month because the site has been sold for redevelopment.

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Provence sets out its stalls

07 August 2017

Isle sur La Sorgue, near Avignon, is one of the most ravishing towns in Provence.

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The Berkshire town hungry for antiques

07 August 2017

Hungerford is a handy hub for art and antiques fairs judging by two events held in the Berkshire town.

Selection of summer fairs and markets

24 July 2017

The summer fairs and markets scene is cranking into high gear, so here is a short selection over the next two weekends.

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Organisers B2B and Bentleys at the double for joint south coast fair

24 July 2017

Bookings are going well for the collaborative venture between B2B Events and Bentleys Fairs at the beginning of August.

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