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New Ambulance Unit Unveiled at Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Posted August 31st, 2017 by iacf and filed under IACF News & Other Interesting Stuff

Newark Community First Aid have long been a reassuring and caring presence for everyone who attends the Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair. So the organisers (iacf) were especially happy, and indeed honoured, that they should choose their event as the site to unveil their brand new £30,000 ambulance unit.

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Preloved does good

Preloved does good

Posted March 27th, 2017 by iacf and filed under IACF News & Other Interesting Stuff

The sustainable 'green' side of buying antiques.

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Update ~ Newbury Showground

Update ~ Newbury Showground

Posted April 28th, 2016 by iacf

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Newark Survival Guide

Newark Survival Guide

Posted September 28th, 2015 by iacf

Top tips on how to get the most from the largest antiques fair in Europe, now celebrating its 30th year from Homes & Antiques. Click on the image below to download this essential guide.

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #27: BUSHEL BOXES, CRATES AND PUNNETS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #27: BUSHEL BOXES, CRATES AND PUNNETS

Posted July 21st, 2015 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... Sturdy wooden fruit and vegetable crates – known as ‘Bushel boxes’ - were used (pre-plast...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #26: COLANDERS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #26: COLANDERS

Posted June 25th, 2015 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... From rinsing fresh lettuce leaves to straining your pasta, a sturdy colander is a kitchen...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #25: DECKCHAIRS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #25: DECKCHAIRS

Posted May 19th, 2015 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... Inspired by the glorious weather we’ve been having, I dusted off the garden furniture and...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #24: MAGAZINES

VINTAGE OBSESSION #24: MAGAZINES

Posted April 27th, 2015 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... As somebody who spends their days writing and styling for magazines, I’m always fascinate...

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Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Posted April 15th, 2015 by iacf

Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd April South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #23: VINTAGE POSTERS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #23: VINTAGE POSTERS

Posted February 24th, 2015 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions...  ‘Baldwin’s Herbal Blood Pills’, proclaims the 1880 advertising poster on my living room ...

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Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Posted February 3rd, 2015 by iacf

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Thursday 5th & Friday 6th February Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, NG24 2NY

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February Fairs

February Fairs

Posted January 30th, 2015 by iacf

Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Largest Antiques Fair in Europe Thursday 5th & Friday 6th February Newark and Notts Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire SAT NAV: NG24 2NY

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Vintage Obsession #22: Vintage Cookbooks

Vintage Obsession #22: Vintage Cookbooks

Posted January 22nd, 2015 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions… From buying a crate of secondhand cookbooks at an auction to scouring the ‘ephemera’ stalls...

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Shepton Mallet iacf

Shepton Mallet iacf

Posted January 15th, 2015 by iacf

Shepton Mallet Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair West Country's Premier Event Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th January Royal Bath & West Showground, Somerset SAT NAV: BA4 6QN ...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #21: SOUTH EAST ASIAN FINDS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #21: SOUTH EAST ASIAN FINDS

Posted December 3rd, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... I could barely carry the four stone plates back to the car. They were back-breakingly hea...

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December Fairs

December Fairs

Posted December 1st, 2014 by iacf

DECEMBER iacf FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 4th & Friday 5th December Newark & Notts Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshir...

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November Fairs

November Fairs

Posted October 31st, 2014 by iacf

NOVEMBER iacf FAIRS Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Fair in the South of England Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th November South of England Showground, Ardingl...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #20: POTTY FOR LONG TOMS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #20: POTTY FOR LONG TOMS

Posted October 27th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... The teetering stack of terracotta Victorian flower pots in my allotment shed grows whenev...

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A Question of Display

A Question of Display

Posted October 6th, 2014 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill Sitting in my new boutique (well, small shop, really) in London’s Grays Antiques Centre the other day, my eyes focused out of a...

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October Fairs

October Fairs

Posted October 1st, 2014 by iacf

OCTOBER iacf FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 9th & Friday 10th October Newark & Notts Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #19: OLD KEYS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #19: OLD KEYS

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... Keys have long represented mystery, possibility and power, symbolising new beginnings and...

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September Fairs

September Fairs

Posted September 1st, 2014 by iacf

SEPTEMBER iacf FAIRS Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Fair in the South of England Tuesday 2nd ~ Wednesday 3rd September South of England Showground, Ardingly ...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #18: PASTIS CARAFES

VINTAGE OBSESSION #18: PASTIS CARAFES

Posted August 27th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions...I’ve always had a penchant for vintage Pastis carafes, used to carry water for diluting th...

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August Fairs

August Fairs

Posted August 1st, 2014 by iacf

AUGUST iacf FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 14th & Friday 15th August Newark & Notts Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire ...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #17: HUNGARIAN GRAIN SACKS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #17: HUNGARIAN GRAIN SACKS

Posted July 25th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... Pop a pillow inside one and use it as a chic sofa cushion, use them as laundry bags, or c...

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Stuff With A Story

Stuff With A Story

Posted July 18th, 2014 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill The other week I had an interesting conversation over dinner with one of my Roadshow colleagues at the first Roadshow of the mo...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #16: WOODEN BUTTER PADDLES

VINTAGE OBSESSION #16: WOODEN BUTTER PADDLES

Posted June 27th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant shares another of her vintage passions... Any self-respecting vintage addict has either already got or has fantasised about owning ...

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June Fairs

June Fairs

Posted June 11th, 2014 by iacf

JUNE IACF FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 5th ~ Friday 6th June Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark SAT NAV: NG24 2NY

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #15: METAL WATERING CANS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #15: METAL WATERING CANS

Posted May 19th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant The geraniums, petunias and trailing lobelia plants are thriving in the back garden. The herbs are flourishing and the allotment is...

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May Fairs

May Fairs

Posted May 8th, 2014 by iacf

MAY iacf FAIRS Shepton Mallet Antique, Vintage & Collectors Fair The West Country's Premier Antiques Event Friday 9th - Sunday 11th May Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerse...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #14: FEUERHAND LANTERNS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #14: FEUERHAND LANTERNS

Posted April 15th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant It was while I was at an antiques fair last year that I spotted them. Two. Together. Perfect. Slightly rusty. But not too rusty. Ma...

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April Fairs

April Fairs

Posted April 1st, 2014 by iacf

APRIL IACF FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 3rd ~ Friday 4th April Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark SAT NAV: NG24 2...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #13: FALCON BILLY CANS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #13: FALCON BILLY CANS

Posted March 13th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant This obsession is tied up with many others. My ‘Billy Can Thing’ is merely the tip of a rather large and ever-expanding iceberg of ...

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March Fairs

March Fairs

Posted March 3rd, 2014 by iacf

MARCH IACF FAIRS Swinderby Antiques & Collectors Fair One Day Monday Fair Monday 10th March RAF Swinderby, Nr Lincoln SAT NAV: LN6 9QG

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New Buyers

New Buyers

Posted February 25th, 2014 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill There he was, in a tent in a park at London’s top decorative antiques fair. Standing in funky trainers, Tom Ford glasses, desig...

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Stoneleigh Fair to Close

Stoneleigh Fair to Close

Posted February 4th, 2014 by iacf

International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Ltd (IACF) will no longer host an event at Stoneleigh. Despite trialling the venue in various formats throughout 2013, the organisers have concluded th...

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February Fairs

February Fairs

Posted January 30th, 2014 by iacf

FEBRUARY IACF FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 6th ~ Friday 7th February Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark SAT NAV: ...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #12: AVERY KITCHEN SCALES

VINTAGE OBSESSION #12: AVERY KITCHEN SCALES

Posted January 23rd, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant January is traditionally the month when our thoughts turn to weight, but I’m much more interested in ogling antique Avery scales th...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #11: VICTORIAN GREETING CARDS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #11: VICTORIAN GREETING CARDS

Posted January 10th, 2014 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant Since the very first ones were sent in 1843 by Henry Cole (funnily enough, the same clever chap who had launched the Penny Post jus...

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Is Antiques the wrong word?

Is Antiques the wrong word?

Posted December 10th, 2013 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill Antiques. I can't afford them and I don't understand them. Much has been made recently about the difficult state of the antique...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #10: TRETCHIKOFF PRINTS

VINTAGE OBSESSION #10: TRETCHIKOFF PRINTS

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant Definitely firmly in the ‘kitsch vintage’ category (and likely to be sniffed at by any serious antique art collectors), the prints ...

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MAKE A “FOUR-TUNE!”

Posted November 22nd, 2013 by iacf

MAKE A “FOUR-TUNE!”     Channel 4’s hit series Four Rooms is back and looking for people who want to sell their show stopping items for life changing amounts of money.

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VINTAGE OBESSION #9: Copper Saucepans

VINTAGE OBESSION #9: Copper Saucepans

Posted November 8th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant Severe symptoms: I pause the new Waitrose TV advert, just so I can ogle Gordon Ramsey’s impressive collection of vintage copper sau...

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VINTAGE OBESSION #8: Tap inserts

VINTAGE OBESSION #8: Tap inserts

Posted October 24th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant There’s something so more-ish about the little porcelain discs from antique taps and bathroom fittings. There’s a plethora of stray...

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I need help!

I need help!

Posted October 3rd, 2013 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill It's a thorny one, this. I might not make many new friends, but dealers, auction house specialists and other 'experts' (if you ...

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October Fairs

October Fairs

Posted September 27th, 2013 by iacf

OCTOBER IACF FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 10th ~ Friday 11th October Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark SAT NAV: ...

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VINTAGE OBESSION #7: Woods Ware

VINTAGE OBESSION #7: Woods Ware

Posted September 9th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant Like many people of their generation, my grandparents had the full set of Woods Ware china, in ‘Beryl’ peppermint green. It popped ...

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September Fairs

September Fairs

Posted September 4th, 2013 by iacf

SEPTEMBER IACF FAIRS Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Fair in the South of England Tuesday 3rd ~ Wednesday 4th September South of England Showground, Ardingly ...

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Trade vs. Retail

Trade vs. Retail

Posted August 5th, 2013 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill When I started working in the antiques industry, buying at auction was deemed buying at ‘trade’, and buying from a dealer was d...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #6: Toothpaste pots

VINTAGE OBSESSION #6: Toothpaste pots

Posted July 29th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant ‘BLOATER PASTE’. It doesn’t sound particularly appetising, but this vinegary cured fish paste was a popular condiment during the 19...

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Treasure-Hunting...

Treasure-Hunting...

Posted July 17th, 2013 by iacf

Reblogged on WordPress.com

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July Fairs

July Fairs

Posted July 2nd, 2013 by iacf

JULY IACF FAIRS Shepton Mallet Antiques & Collectors Fair The West Country's Premier Antiques Event Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mall...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #5: Suitcases

VINTAGE OBSESSION #5: Suitcases

Posted June 27th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant ‘Oh no, not more suitcases…?’ complains my husband

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June Fairs

June Fairs

Posted June 3rd, 2013 by iacf

JUNE IACF FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 6th ~ Friday 7th June Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark SAT NAV: NG24 2NY

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #4: Potato baskets

VINTAGE OBSESSION #4: Potato baskets

Posted May 30th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant True vintage addicts are never afraid to go the extra mile to get their fix of antique fodder. When their eye is on the prize, they...

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Bjørn Wiinbla

Bjørn Wiinbla

Posted May 20th, 2013 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill You know when you’ve seen something before, but can’t quite place when or where? Last week I was confronted with a superb colle...

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May Fairs

May Fairs

Posted May 8th, 2013 by iacf

MAY IACF FAIRS Shepton Mallet Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair The West Country's Premier Antiques Event Friday 10th May ~ Sunday 12th May Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, S...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #3: Terrariums

VINTAGE OBSESSION #3: Terrariums

Posted April 30th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant To be honest, I’m not a big fan of terrariums. These self-contained mini plant-scapes ooze artifice – particularly if, like many a ...

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National Antiques Week celebrated with Ardingly Treasure Hunt!

Posted April 22nd, 2013 by iacf

This year the April outing of the Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair (Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th April) will take place during National Antiques Week. To celebrate, we hav...

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Daytime Telly &“I lost my job!”

Daytime Telly &“I lost my job!”

Posted April 19th, 2013 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill “I lost my job.” is sadly something I hear with increasing frequency when I visit an antiques fair where anyone can turn up and...

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Stoneleigh Offers

Stoneleigh Offers

Posted April 10th, 2013 by iacf

With the launch of our newest antiques & collectors fair we are excited to offer our customers these special offers!

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April Fairs

April Fairs

Posted April 2nd, 2013 by iacf

APRIL IACF FAIRS Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair Largest Antiques Event in Europe Thursday 4th ~ Friday 5th April Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark SAT NAV: NG24 2...

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #2: Blue Ball Mason jars

VINTAGE OBSESSION #2: Blue Ball Mason jars

Posted March 28th, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant The French serve their preserves in pretty ceramic ‘confiture’ jars. The Germans pop their pickles in Weck jars and we Brits have t...

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Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

Posted March 21st, 2013 by iacf

The International Antique & Collectors Fairs antique markets at Newark and Ardingly are an essential part of our work as prop buyers for major theatre productions in the UK and further afield.

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Death, Hype & Collapse?

Death, Hype & Collapse?

Posted March 11th, 2013 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill When an artist or designer dies, or a factory or studio closes, it causes ripples to go through the collecting world

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March Fairs

March Fairs

Posted March 6th, 2013 by iacf

MARCH IACF FAIRS Swinderby Antiques & Collectors Fair One-Day Monday Monday 11th March RAF Swinderby, Nr Lincoln SAT NAV: LN6 9QG

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VINTAGE OBSESSION #1: The Observer’s Pocket Series

VINTAGE OBSESSION #1: The Observer’s Pocket Series

Posted February 22nd, 2013 by iacf

Interiors Journalist (and Vintage Shopping Addict), Ellie Tennant Cacti. Cats. Caterpillars. Canals.  Whenever I scour an antiques fair – propping or shopping – I’m always drawn to these quirky lit...

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February Fairs

February Fairs

Posted February 13th, 2013 by iacf

FEBRUARY IACF FAIRS Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair The Largest Antiques Fair in the South of England Tuesday 19th ~ Wednesday 20th February South of England Showground, Ardin...

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Chintzware - Mark Hill

Chintzware - Mark Hill

Posted February 4th, 2013 by iacf

Antiques & Collectables Expert ~ Author & Publisher Mark Hill When we’re crossing rain- and wind-swept streets or, in our cases, fields filled with antiques, it’s warming to look forward to...

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New Year, New Fair

Posted January 16th, 2013 by iacf

Firstly a Happy New Year to you all! Secondly, with a new year comes the exciting announcement of a new IACF fair. We're very pleased to announce Stoneleigh Antiques & Collectors Fair which wil...

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Still searching for that perfect present?

Still searching for that perfect present?

Posted December 10th, 2012 by iacf

With the big day fast approaching, let us take the stress out of your Christmas shopping!         iacf Gift Vouchers make wonderful, original Christmas presents for friends and ...

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A NEW BBC2 SERIES WANTS TO SPEAK TO PASSIONATE COLLECTORS

Posted November 28th, 2012 by iacf

ARE YOU CONSTANTLY SEARCHING FOR THAT ELUSIVE PIECE TO COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION?   WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE  SITTING ON A GOLD MINE? OR DO YOU NEED HELP TO DE-CLUTTER OR DISPLAY?   WE WOULD LOV...

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IACF Year Planner - 2013

Posted November 19th, 2012 by iacf

Finally you can book your holidays and tell your friends you wont be able to make their wedding because Newark is far more important! That's right the dates that dictate our lives are hot off the p...

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VOGUE Comes To Ardingly Antique Fair!

VOGUE Comes To Ardingly Antique Fair!

Posted November 15th, 2012 by iacf

The appeal of antique and vintage pieces as the ideal style choice was further confirmed this autumn, when the Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair featured in the November issue o...

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IACF Introduction

IACF Introduction

Posted November 13th, 2012 by iacf

Well this is to be IACF's first foray into the world of blogging. It would therefore seem appropriate to introduce IACF and all that we do.

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