Latest News Articles by Joan Porter

The Battersea Boot in full swing

The Battersea boot fair – 160 sellers and 2000 buyers

15 June 2016

Of all the many car boots in London, the Battersea Boot is one of the best known and the poshest, with its website telling buyers that they can expect to find quality items including “designer goods, vintage, shabby chic, even antiques and collectables, alongside general car boot goods”.

Voewood House Norfolk

20th century decorative arts fair heads to Norfolk's Voewood House

01 June 2016

Bill Jones is a seasoned dealer in Art Deco and Arts & Crafts but a newcomer to the world of organising fairs, an arena into which he has thrown himself recently with gusto.

Ninas Apartment

Dealer plans online market hub as fire destroys shop and stock

28 May 2016

A Scottish dealer whose stock and business went up in smoke has vowed to carry on with an online venture

Brian May gets to grips with Victorian underwear

Book on stereoscopy photography featuring Victorian fashion disasters released

27 May 2016

While other rock stars were demolishing hotel rooms or setting their trousers and their instruments alight, Queen guitarist Brian May was busy buying Victorian photographs.

Caroline Brown who runs Rose and Brown Vintage

Three fairs in Yorkshire this weekend

20 May 2016

With the weekend fast approaching, ATG picks three antique and vintage fairs worth visiting if you’re up near the Yorkshire dales over the next two days.

King John’s House Romsey

Five venues for Romsey fair as extensive first event aims to draw crowds

06 May 2016

Jackie Edwards knows all about the logistics of organising antiques street markets and fairs, having launched and run events across Hampshire.

Edward vom Hofe salmon fly reel

The reel deal: items wanted to value at this year's vintage fishing tackle fair

05 May 2016

Now in its 12th year, the annual 40-dealer National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair is increasingly attracting visitors, some from Germany, Italy and Denmark, to have their vintage tackle valued by dealers, particularly by Neil Freeman of event sponsors Angling Auctions.

Moses Otunia, organiser of the Modern Movement Fair

Lido fair going swimmingly at ‘Brixton Beach’

27 April 2016

Moses Otunia, who owns the vintage furniture shop Bleu in Herne Hill, launched the Modern Movement Fair at the nearby Brockwell Lido, in Brockwell Park, south London, in 2008.

 Saunders Fine Art painting at Midcentury Modern fair

New fair launched at The Oval cricket ground

26 April 2016

The Oval, the international cricket ground at Kennington, south London, which is home to Surrey County Cricket Club, is the location of a new annual fair run by the founders of the Midcentury Modern shows.

Robert Opie at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Advertising on the move: Robert Opie’s Museum of Brands heads to new site in London

19 April 2016

Just before Easter, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill wrapped up 14,000 pieces of design dating from the Victorian era to the present day.

Newbury moves from course to showground

08 December 2015

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) have announced a change of venue and format for their Newbury event.

Chance offer gives Gloucester dealers new town-centre home

16 November 2015

A lifeline has been thrown to the 60 dealers at the Gloucester Antiques Centre on Gloucester Quays which closed earlier this month with six weeks’ notice given to quit.

Gloucester Antiques Centre dealers move to city centre after landlord gives notice to quit

10 November 2015

The Gloucester Antiques Centre has been saved by a local property developer after the 90 dealers at the centre were given six-weeks notice by their landlords the Peel Group to quit the three-storey premises on Gloucester Quays.

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Book dealer Tom Donovan sets up his battle lines

28 July 2015

The Battle of Waterloo bicentenary has sparked a number of special auctions and dealer shows.

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Newly launched all-week vintage market is packed out with 160 traders

20 February 2015

If you get your skates on and head to the Kent coast you will find things are on the move for antiques collectors.

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Meet the 10-year-old antiques dealer

05 September 2014

Logistics and costs are not necessarily high on Ridley Partridge’s agenda, but his dad certainly knows all about them.

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Swinderby organisers test a longer format

27 June 2014

Popular demand has prompted IACF to trial a two-day part-weekend antiques and collectors’ fair next month at the RAF Swinderby site.

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Antiques, music... and even Miss Moneypenny

13 June 2014

The name’s Bond... Samantha Bond in fact, the actress famous from the James Bond films and countless other dramas such as ‘Downton Abbey’, who is special guest at a festival of music and antiques in London next weekend.

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Collecting couple to sell 50 pieces of Welsh pottery at Pembrokeshire Antiques Fair

30 May 2014

Coming to the Pembrokeshire Antiques Fair organised by Towy Fairs at Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest next weekend (June 7-8) are some 50 pieces of richly-glazed Ewenny pottery.

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Petworth centre picked up by new owners

28 May 2014

After a period of some 40 years in single ownership, Petworth Antique Centre in the antiques-rich town of Petworth in West Sussex has been bought by an investment company, Palladian Property Investment Limited, based in London.