MORE worthwhile activity from our busy and productive local dealers’ associations which have surely proved their worth now, even to traditionally independent sceptics. As the stalwarts of the Cotswolds Antique Dealers’ Association wrap up their series of exhibitions, the equally industrious members of the Thames Valley Antique Dealers’ Association prepare for their autumn fair.
The TVADA Fair will be held at Radley School, near Abingdon in Oxfordshire from October 31 to November 2 and, with 44 exhibitors, is fully booked and the biggest to date.
The venue did make some extra space available, but, as the sell-out shows, there was no shortage of members prepared to take stands at what has become a busy and prestigious Thames Valley event.
Organiser Elizabeth Fell felt the mood among dealers at the pre-fair meetings was positively upbeat and there was a lot more optimism about business than was apparent earlier in the first half of the year.
Not only were more members wanting to exhibit at the fair but more dealers wanted to become members.
As always, the fair will have a good representation of classic quality stock from the likes of Hallidays, Cavendish Fine Art and Summers Davis Antiques.
But there will also be rather more of the quirky and decorative look which has been the key to many a successful stand at various fairs.
It will be provided by, among others, The Country Seat, The Nettlebed Antiques Merchants and Marcelline Herald. Admission is £5.