“It was an exhausting weekend but the fleamarket was a resounding success,” says Bowman. “We would have liked a few more pens filled – we had 72 sold but the footfall was a shade over 2000 and customers were still arriving at 3pm with only an hour’s worth of trading left.”
Bowman adds: “Feedback from visitors and stallholders was very positive and we are currently running on a 90% rebooking rate for our next fleamarket on Sunday, July 2.
“Our first flea showed that demand is high for the event and support is strong. It’s definitely a runner, and as we say in Yorkshire, ‘Where’s there’s muck there’s brass’.”
This fleamarket is a departure for the organisers who also run antiques fairs at the Staffordshire Showground and an antiques and art fair at the Yorkshire County Showground.
They were encouraged to launch their own venture after seeing the success of the other large fleamarkets in the UK – including B2B’s flea at the Malvern Showground.
Bowman Fairs’ next antiques fair at the Stafford County Showground is on June 16-18.