The pandemic has certainly shown how adaptable the trade is across the UK.
Increased online business and virtual events were a major focus but now Stephanie Castell and Ben Cooper, aka Two Cs Antiques Fairs, are adding a country living show to their first antiques fair at Ludlow Racecourse since lockdown.
This will run on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27.
Castell says: “We really wanted to get back to running a fair but were very conscious of social distancing and at the same time needing enough stands so that the fair can run.
“A number of our regular dealers are still self-isolating and not doing fairs until 2021. With those who have dropped out, we have the ideal number for our usual building at the racecourse to ensure social distancing.
“Much of our client base enjoy a day out and how do you increase interest with fewer dealers? We decided to use a second building at the racecourse for country living stands selling plants and garden-related items, books, ceramics, wine etc.”
Castell adds that the course has kept Two Cs’ charges the same so “in effect we have the extra space for free”.
The hope is to have 50 stands comprising about 25 antiques dealers and 25 country living stands, with outside stands between the two buildings selling antiques as well as the country element.
Antiques regulars are dealers Paul Burnett with decorative interiors and Shine On Design selling Art Deco.
The country living show includes Somerset-based Cavallo Lusso with equestrian clothing and artist Jenny Price.