“My Leeds and Manchester Shows in February and March saw the best attendance I have had in the five years my shows have been running – 1200 for Leeds and 1600 for Manchester,” says Harris.
“There was a noticeable shift in the mindset, with people on a mission to come, buy and take away on the day, even if that was a dining table or sideboard.”
Harris, of Discover Vintage, adds: “Our Bristol show at The Paintworks last May was good but the venue wasn’t big enough. So I’ve spent time scouting for a replacement location in the south-west.”
She has found one at the Bath Pavilion where she now has two dates booked this year: on Saturday, June 17, and Saturday, November 4.
“ There was a shift in the mindset, with people on a mission to come, buy and take away on the day, even if that was a dining table or sideboard
“This allows me to accommodate more exhibitors in the south-west,” says Harris. “All my Bristol exhibitors have followed and I am filling in the gaps with a very promising selection of new standholders.”
The June show at the Bath Pavilion currently has 40 standholders booked and ATG will preview this new fair next month.
Harris is also launching at a new home show in the Midlands, at Sports Connexion, Ryton-on- Dunsmore near Coventry, with two dates here this year. The first is on Sunday, May 7.
“Exhibitor bookings are going well for both dates, with a good range of mid-century furniture dealers, ceramics and kitchenalia specialists and general vintage homewares, signed up,” says Harris. n