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Scooters at Harrogate and the bliss of sales to people who are interested

All too often now there is a phalanx of people who attend antiques fairs and do nothing but drift up and down the aisles like flotsam and jetsam. You have to question why they are there in the first place, spending good money to get in and then developing the most vacuous of faces whilst […]

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How to keep ahead of the competition – A New Year Resolution

The arrival of 2017 was heralded with a fanfare, an array of fireworks and, yes that faintly jaundiced feeling of making resolutions. Having held firm on not making any personal ones, I decided to apply this notion to business. When you look at the Antiques market in general, it is fairly safe to say there […]

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Expertise in Blue John and its restoration

Andrew Elliot Chalice Restoration When faced with a difficult problem – the experts rely on Andrew Elliot. His unique skills and craftsmanship with Blue John, gained over the last 25 years, make him the first person to contact when things go wrong. The chalice pictured was damaged accidentally. The Antiques Bazaar were contacted immediately. On […]

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Where do the Great British Public (GBP) get their ideas? (3)

The planning and layout of the stand Prior to any fair it is important that you plan your stand with a suitable selection of the stock you have available.  I always consider whether it is stand-fitted, as below at the Fine Art & Antiques Fair Buxton, or whether I am taking my own table top […]

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Where do the Great British Public (GBP) get their ideas?

Or perhaps the subtitle ought to be:  Do not stand at an antique fair just before a bank holiday!   Most antiques traders put significant effort into sourcing their style of goods, researching their items, laying their stalls out  with care, and labeling their goods correctly at the market price and spend significant parts of […]

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Love what you sell – the benefits and pitfalls of Antiques Trading-Charles Cundall 1

It only happens very rarely during your trading year.  You are secure in your knowledge.  You can talk both appreciatively and passionately about the items you sell.  Having researched all your silver carefully and knowing your stock and pricing inside out, as well as applying the same expertise and passion to the ceramics and period […]

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How many degrees of separation between The Antiques Bazaar and fame?

Sometimes life defies being categorised and the vicissitudes of meeting someone who is an expert in their field humbles you so much, you do not expect any connection.  But there it is.  Life.  And before you start saying to me in a very Marvin tone, “Don’t talk to me about…”  I shall.  Tell you about […]

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Sophisticated finds for the NEC ‘Antiques for Everyone’ 10-12 April 2014

Just when you think that everything is sorted, organised to within an inch, preparation complete, labels made: something comes along to completely spoil your plans… Whilst this may sound like despair, it is not, just a vexed Virgoan, trying to retain absolute control of her plans for the upcoming NEC. ‘What’, I hear you ask, […]

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The consequences of the strange things you find – a sequel

In my last post I discussed the bizarre things it was possible to find as an intrepid antiques dealer.  It is really strange how these things have a life of their own. I always stand at Stafford Bingley Hall and in my new position at Stand 95, I found trade to be excellent.  This may […]

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The strange things you find as an antiques dealer!

If I am not working, which believe me, is rarer than a hen’s teeth these days, I like to go out for a rummage, a furtle and a general fussick about.  Strange words you may say, but they do describe what I do… I have an endless fascination with peculiar objects and spend a deal […]

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