Someone recently emailed us to ask if we had any advice when visiting antique fairs and we were quick to say, “Yes!” as this is something Vicky has somewhat perfected! From finding furniture for interior projects she’s worked on to props for our photoshoots, she’s managed to become quite the pro! Below are some of her top tips…
I’ve been visiting antique fairs for years. Sometimes just for my own purchases but quite often sourcing items for other people. Over the years I’ve worked out a few tips that will make the day even more enjoyable! If you’ve not sure where to visit, then have a look at the IACF website. They organise several fairs around the country.
Top Tips for visiting the fairs:
Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes!
The fairs tend to be held in large open outdoor spaces, so not only will it be a day of lots of walking, it gets really windy and cold!
Get there early!
As the door open if you can. You don’t want to miss out.
Work out how much you want to spend
And take that cash with you. You can take cash out at the fairs but you’ll be charged and there is often a long queue.
Have a shopping list
The fairs are really big and there is so much to see. Its quite easy to forget what you are looking for.
Don’t expect to find everything in one trip
Sometimes it takes me several visits to find exactly what I’m looking for.
Don’t be put off by the outside pitches!
I spend most of my time walking around these. It’s a real mix of things but it’s where I tend to find my best buys.
Big furniture finds
If you are looking for big furniture, then take a van or make sure you know your car measurements. You can find delivery companies on site but I find that can be quite expensive.
Buy now, collect later!
To save you carrying all your purchases all day, ask the stall holder if you can collect your items later. Just make sure you make a note of the stand and ask them what time they are leaving.
That should be enough tips to get you through the day! But most importantly, enjoy yourself and make sure you treat yourself to a nice pulled pork bap at the end!
Have you got any other questions that you’d like to ask Vicky about? Then please leave a comment below or drop us an email, we love to hear from you!