Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Selling at Europe's largest antiques and Collectors fair - IACF Newark

Newark is around an hours drive from home and is Europe's largest antiques and collectors fair. I can honestly say even though it has been going for years, before I got into the antiques business I had no idea what I had been missing out on!

Even if you are not a dealer or collector, there are so many things to see and buy to make your house unique and stand out from the crowd. You can pick up furniture for half the cost of the big retail stores, and the furniture is better made and has a history you just cannot find on the high street!

The Vintique Tree stall was full of treasures and finds from our sourcing trips but by the end of the fair a lot of our things had found new homes!

Treasure hunting at the antiques fairs

It was a busy week last week of selling, sourcing and very early mornings! When the alarm goes off at 3.15am all you want to do is snuggle back under the duvet but I must admit, I love watching the sun come up with the anticipation of wondering what you are going to sell/find!

First up was Malvern Antiques and Flea Market, this fair is a great day out with plenty to see and buy, from trinkets for a couple of quid to fine antiques. Depending on the weather this fair is HUGE, and you need to get there super early as not queue to get in, one customer told me it had taken them half an hour to get in!

We were selling at Malvern this time, and when we arrived around 5.30am the fog was thick and swirling, but it didnt take long for the sun to come out, stock always looks nicer in the sunshine!

Here are a few snaps from the Malvern Flea, iphone pictures sorry!

Then we packed all up and Tuesday was treasure hunting at Lincoln show ground.  This fair is another two dayer, The first day is trade and costs £20 to get in, there are a lot more stalls on the Monday compared to the Tuesday. It costs £5 to get in on the second day, but there is still so many stalls to look at so we definitely thought it was worth the visit!

Then finally I got all loaded up again and spent two days selling at Europe's largest antiques fair in Newark Lincolnshire, this is a fantastic day out, but really you need to spend the two days there to make sure you see everything! I have featured this fair in a separate blog I took a lot of pictures!!

A Vintage Easter Lunch

To feed our hungry friends on our wallpapering workshop we put on a full vintage style lunch, with dainty finger sandwiches and home made cake, with enough food to feed a army we enjoy the fruits of our labour on our wallpapering workshop and across the rest of the easter weekend! I must admit the cake didn't last two days though, oops. 

p.s the flowers are out of my garden!

Easter Wallpaper workshop

It has been a while since I have blogged, with moving house, building work and getting stock ready for the spring/summer selling season it has been a busy one!

We did however manage to fit in a Vintique Tree wallpapering workshop over the Easter break. We limit the classes to two people so everyone gets maximum time with my dad, who is the tutor and has been decorating since the early 1970's!

There is a lot more to wallpapering than means the eye, so he starting from the basics and worked up to pattern matching and finally how to paste and hang the wallpaper. Our workshop has been fitted out so you can learn how to paper around corner, switches and even windows!

Check out a few snaps from the wallpapering workshop below!