Antique fairs are pivotal events for buyers and sellers interested in antique and vintage items. Just two years ago, this pivotal global market had accumulated £39.7 billion in total sales and was up 8% year-on-year – highlighting the growing popularity it shares throughout the world.
As a result, there are numerous antique fairs found throughout the UK and beyond which offer individuals the chance to buy or sell unique pieces of art and antiques. Newark Antiques Fair, which takes place annually in August, is one of the most famous examples of these fairs and is heralded as being the largest event of its kind in Europe.
If you are thinking of joining the crowds of people who visit the ground each year then our guide to what to bring to an antique fair could help you get the most out of the experience.
What are antiques fairs looking for?
Every antiques fair is different and what items prove most popular will be largely dependent on the clientèle. The important thing to remember is not to give up. If you have an item that you’re looking to sell then you need to accept that it may take a few attempts – at a few different fairs – to find the right buyer.
Whether you have a collection of family heirlooms or antique furniture, it is important that you get an independent valuation before attending any antique fair. That way you will have a rough idea of what sort of offers you’d be willing to accept and will have the information you need to present your item to buyers.
What do you have at home?
The next thing to remember is that not everything you own will be an obvious antique. There are many different items which could be classified as antique and valued at high rates but which don’t look obviously old or valuable to you.
Think carefully about the items you have in your house and think of their back-stories, origins and dates of purchase or inheritance to get an idea of what may be worth money. Antique jewellery, trinkets, art work, personal possessions, furniture and equipment from previous decades are all items which are likely to fetch a decent price at an antiques fair depending on their condition and individual history.
You should only take items to an antiques fair that you are prepared to part with too so think carefully about this. You’d be amazed how many sellers can regret their decision soon after a sale is completed.
What do you need?
Finally, remember that being at an antique fair may put you in contact with old or antiquated items which you want for yourself. It may therefore be recommendable to take some money with you to cover any spending you wish to do.
If you’re on a tight budget then it’s important to prepare for this and ensure you’re not tempted to splash the cash unnecessarily.