Wedding photo taken by Emily Beale.
The International Antiques and Collectors fair has stalls both indoors and outside, tents and tables filled with items tempting you to buy. Any bloggers looking for photography props are in blogger heaven as inspiration lurks in every corner waiting to be discovered.On our most recent trip, I overheard two women saying they needed a coffee break because the inspiration was just too much that they felt their heads getting jumbled.
After a few years of attending every other month, my group are pros. We have learned how to shop the fair. We have also learned which items are sold time and time again and which items are unique and need to be snapped up the moment you see them or it’s gone forever. We know the stalls we would shop in if we have a never-ending bank account and the stalls where we find bargains. We have favourite stalls, those months where nothing unusual grabs us, we normally go along to one of our favourites and treat ourselves to something that is there every time we go.
If you are new to the International Antiques and Collectors Fair, you should note it costs to get in. Friday tickets are more expensive but you have the advantage of getting the early deals, Friday tickets also allow access to the fair for the weekend.
Another tip is the Cash Machines on site charge for withdrawals, so take cash with you. I find this helps me to budget my money. I have a set amount I take with me and if I see something I love, I have to love it enough to pay the charges to get money out.
There are haberdasheries full of vintage buttons and french stalls with beautiful linens piled high. All just waiting for someone to come, rummage through them and discover a treasure, waiting to be turned into a new project.
My little nephew accompanied us and smiled away. We were asked a couple of times if he was for sale. We smiled and politely rejected the offers, though I can understand why people want him.