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Visiting & Buying From An Antique Fair

Visiting & Buying From An Antique Fair

Arthur Swallow Lincoln FairFor our first blog post we thought we'd write about buying from one of the UK's many Antique & Collectibles fairs. It can be quite daunting if its your first time and we are all about encouraging new people in the reclamation world. So here are a few hints & tips,  on this occasion our destination for the day was Arthur Swallows fair at Lincoln Showground . There are 100's of shows and fairs dotted about the UK from the large IACF fairs including Ardingly, Shepton Mallet & Newark to smaller local fairs and sales all over the UK, Antique Stalker is an excellent resource for these. 888

vintage sweet shop jars I guess the 1st rule is be flexible, chances are your not going to find exactly what  your looking for. Try and go  with a broad brief like buying storage for the kitchen or bathroom (my favourite of  the day pictured left, an  original sweet shop jar would make fantastic kitchen storage)  or if your looking for something larger like a piece  of furniture make sure you take your maximum dimensions and find something  that fits in around that.  When  you find something you like, have a chat to the dealer/seller chances are they'll  probably know some more about the item. Sometimes dealers can seem a bit guarded to the newcomer but  chances are they've been up since 3am battling with stock and the weather. My advice and it always works for  me is be polite.


Oil and commercial antiquesOnce you've found something you like it now comes down to the money. Normally items aren't priced so you'll need to ask 'how much'. Once the dealer gives you a price your off. Believe it or not even as a commercial buyer on occasions I'll ask the price and if its less than I was expecting I'll buy it without asking for a deal.  At this point don't be afraid to ask for a deal, the dealers is basically at the fair to sell stock. Please remember don't take the mick and offer an 80% discount, it might happen on TV but chances are it won't happen at a fair and some dealers at fairs are there to sell to the trade so won't give a huge discount. A good rule of thumb is a 10-30% discount.  It certainly helps to put a bit of a bundle of items together. Most dealers will quite happily give you their contact details if you want to have a think about but then you could have additional delivery costs to consider.

Always remember if you like something, the chances are someone else will also like it. So if you wander off to have a think about it chances if you come back it'll be sold.

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