Latest News Articles by Joan Porter

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Fair ready for take-off in Petersfield

14 September 2020

Sara Hughes is delighted that her Vintage, Antiques and Militaria Fair at Petersfield’s Festival Hall is finally going ahead on Sunday, September 27, with 50 dealers.

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It’s great to be back at Malvern says B2B

14 September 2020

B2B Events is truly back on the road, said director Helen Yourston after the turnout at the first Malvern Flea since lockdown at the Three Counties Showground on Monday, August 31.

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The power of positive thinking

07 September 2020

Focus on how one antiques centre survived and now thrives by being prepared to adapt

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‘You can never have too much folk art’

07 September 2020

Barney and Sam James own a huge warehouse showroom called The Home Bothy near Crawley in Sussex, currently only open by appointment.

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Fleamarket back on Church Street

07 September 2020

The two-day Hackney Fleamarket is back at Abney Hall on Stoke Newington’s Church Street with all sorts of vintage pieces including lighting (as in this picture below), suitcases, posters, maps, furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery and records.

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Bare decor of an English country house provides the grand setting for a fair

31 August 2020

Cornish event returns for second staging after ‘excellent response’ from dealers and visitors

Vintage bazaars embrace the new technology of virtual visits

31 August 2020

Following the cancellation of the popular vintage bazaars at the Cheese and Grain arts centre in Frome, Somerset, textiles dealers Liz van Hasselt and Clare Powell have been doing the next best thing: organising the events online via Instagram.

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Vintage fair So Last Century returns with Bank Holiday weekend event

27 August 2020

So Last Century, the vintage event focused on homeware, furniture, lighting and posters, is to hold its first fair after lockdown on August 31 in Beckenham.

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We hope toys come back in play

24 August 2020

Organiser of events across the country has fingers crossed for fairs scheduled later in 2020.

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Robot paws: the new look for PBFA book fairs

24 August 2020

PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) has held four monthly online book fairs, with the fifth going live to the public at noon on Saturday, August 29. Up to 15 books/items can be put up for sale by each bookseller member.

More stalls welcome at Windsor market

24 August 2020

Suzanne Hall is the organiser of a small monthly midweek antiques and fleamarket in Old Windsor which is reopening as lockdown eases on Wednesday, September 2, at the Memorial Hall.

GNB aims to be back in Brentwood in November

24 August 2020

For the first time in 26 years GNB Fairs will not be running an antiques and collectors’ fair at the Brentwood Centre in Essex over the August bank holiday weekend.

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Fair navigator and facemask maker

17 August 2020

Thirteen-year old Miles Raymond from Tunbridge Wells started collecting after he found an old bottle in his grandparents’ garden. He would like be a dealer in the future, but his career path also leans towards design and engineering – with his interest in antiques a useful influence.

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Brighton and Lewes fleas bounce back

17 August 2020

“We opened at the earliest opportunity two months ago and were immediately ridiculously busy,” said David Skeet, general manager of the Brighton and Lewes fleamarkets.

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Oxfordshire fair organiser hails camaraderie as all traders sign up for reorganised event

17 August 2020

Gary Wallis, organiser of the 'Henley Decor Fair', is delighted that all the exhibitors who booked for the original May/June event at Greenlands Park beside the Thames are on board for the reorganised dates following its cancellation due to the pandemic.

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Quayside beckons Beccles market

10 August 2020

Kate Lee, an antiques dealer in Beccles on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, is also co-organiser of the Beccles Antiques Market.

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Former dealer launches third Robin’s Nest antique centre in historic old bank

10 August 2020

Nathan Alexander is a busy man. He has opened three antiques centres in three years with two in Southampton and a third in Fareham, all under the same title of Robin’s Nest Emporium.

Dovehouse Dorking mid-summer fair cancelled

10 August 2020

Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs’ mid-summer fair at the Dorking Halls on August 16 has been cancelled.

Long Melford centre ready to reopen

03 August 2020

The planned reopening at Easter of the former antiques warehouse in the Suffolk village of Long Melford was one of the last features to appear in this column prior to lockdown.

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Carmarthen fair put on hold

03 August 2020

Towy Events organiser and dealer Robert Pugh has cancelled his August antiques and fleamarkets monthly event at the Carmarthen Showground and will await government guidance about when he can restart.