Fairs and Markets

Antiques fairs and markets offer a great way to browse and buy.

With so many exhibitors or stallholders in one place you can view a lot of different items quickly and compare prices and quality.

Depending on the event, the first day or morning may be for reserved for trade buyers before the general public gain access.

Some antiques markets are held weekly whereas some fairs may be quarterly, biannual, once a year or have some other frequency. Check the Calendar section of this website for details or view the listings every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette newspaper.

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Keep an eye on the return of this London event

02 May 2022

An Attic black-figure vessel decorated with a striking pair of eyes to the outside is among the highlights at the second physical staging of Eye of the Collector.

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Well-presented stands essential at the park

02 May 2022

“The sun will shine, the cow parsley will be out and we can’t wait to see you all again”, said Caroline Zoob, co-organiser with Hetty Purbrick of the annual Decorative Living Fair.

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Hackney hopes for Pop Up Vintage Fairs

02 May 2022

Maxine Stonehill of Pop Up Vintage Fairs popped up in March at the Grade II-listed St John’s Church in Hackney, which has had a £6m restoration and is now a busy music and events venue as well as remaining a working church.

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Paris drawings week: Three fairs, works on paper auctions and museum events all add up

02 May 2022

Paris opens its doors to the world of drawings later this month with three dedicated fairs plus a selection of auctions featuring works on paper and a raft of drawing-related events in the city’s museums – all under the umbrella of the 'Semaine du Dessin' (or Drawing Week).

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Battersea Decorative fair to showcase Ukrainian art

02 May 2022

Decorative fair exhibitor puts his post-Soviet works on hold for a different dedicated focus

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ATG letter: Trade day at a fair is unfair to the private collector

02 May 2022

I am an avid reader of ATG as a private collector.

A Book of Rhymes

Brontë mini book heads home to Haworth after £1m raised to buy it from New York dealer

28 April 2022

A rediscovered miniature book by Charlotte Brontë has been sold at a New York book fair.

Books

PBFA looks for new London fair manager

25 April 2022

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is searching for a new fair manager for its London Antiquarian Book Fair.

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TEFAF New York back in the groove two years later

25 April 2022

With heroic bearing, patrician features and draped fabric fit for a Roman emperor, an iron bust by Kehinde Wiley exemplifies the spirit of TEFAF New York.

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A round up of antiques fairs including a new event at Hartlebury Castle

25 April 2022

Spotlight on atmospheric venues hosting art and antiques fairs including a new event.

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Retro fair makes call on name change

25 April 2022

The National Vintage Communications Fair has rebranded itself and is now called RetroTechUK.

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Bronze stars in Birmingham’s NEC fair

25 April 2022

A 19th century French bronze of a woman in a hat was among the highlight sales at the recent Art & Antiques for Everyone fair at Birmingham’s NEC.

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Fair report: trade day at Bath was buzzing

18 April 2022

Mary Hossack Decorative Antiques was among the many exhibitors enjoying a successful trade day at the recent Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, selling a 20th birdcage modelled on the Sacré Coeur for £1300 among many other items.

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Connect Art Fair re-connects with visitors

18 April 2022

This original poster design for a Mediterranean travel poster by British artist Frank Newbould (1887-1951) was among the highlight sales at the recent Connect Art Fair.

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Obituary: Cindy Mainwaring Mack (1938-2022)

18 April 2022

Cindy was a Chelsea housewife when she started running a bric-a- brac fair at the Old Chelsea Town Hall in October 1979. Cindy’s Chelsea Fair was so successful that she rebooked at Christmas of that year and continued once a month for over 30 years.

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Big day out promised at racecourse festival

18 April 2022

York vintage event returns as first to be staged for three years

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Pull up a chair or two in Cotswolds

18 April 2022

A pair of George III period carved giltwood salon armchairs in neoclassical taste, c.1775, are among the highlights at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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Driving bargains at Beccles Antiques Markets

18 April 2022

Taking away a toy car for possible restoration for a young driver is this buyer at one of the biannual Beccles Antiques Markets.

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Tribal fair hosts online spring edition

18 April 2022

This wooden Nagaland pipe from north-east India is offered at this month’s Tribal Art Fair online. Available from Shropshire dealership Handbury Tribal Art, it comes from a UK private collection and is priced at €750.

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Back in focus: Historical photography and photographica in the spotlight at fairs

18 April 2022

Two transatlantic spring fairs bring the twin collecting areas of historical photography and photographica into focus in the spring.

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