October 27, 2021

Upcoming iacf Antiques Markets

Thu 2

- Fri 3 Dec, 2021

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

Tue 18

- Wed 19 Jan, 2022

South of England Showground

Thu 3

- Fri 4 Feb, 2022

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

Mon 21

- Mon 21 Feb, 2022

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

Sustainable gifts is the new fashionable way to treat your friends this Christmas. What is the point of buying lots of cheaply produced gifts that will, let’s be honest, be thrown to the back of their wardrobe to give to another Christmas secret Santa next year.

There’s nothing better than finding a unique gift for a friend that is not only fashionable, suits their personal style, supports small businesses and helps the environment, with all the waste produced around Christmas time, there really is no better option than to shop sustainable this Christmas.

When people think of antique, many don’t realise the true potential that antiques can bring, not only to the home but to people’s personal style preferences too! We had a recent visitor to Ardingly Antiques Fair who found a unique Christmas decoration to include in her Christmas display, that represented her home town, this is just one of the many examples of how iacf antiques fairs can provide you with personal items and great sustainable gifts ideas!

Visitor finds Christmas Decoration at Ardingly Antiques Fair

Sustainable Gifts Ideas for loved ones

So, let’s get started with some fun, fashionable, unique and most importantly – sustainable – gifts ideas! We’ve thrown in some fun Christmas decor inspiration too, just to get you in the Christmas mood…

  1. Set of Gilded Enamel Silver Spoons, c.1940, £118.
Give the Gift of Collecting

At iacf, we believe that there is no better gift than giving the gift of collecting, so why not discover one-of-a-kind antique silver pieces that are not only visually beautiful, but can spark a collectors’ drive in your friends and family.

There is no better feeling than finding a piece to add to your collection, and we believe that many more people just be able to understand this feeling! At iacf, you can speak with antiques dealers about their items and the items you wish to start collecting. This means you can purchase your first collectors’ piece with confidence, knowing they are trust worthy antiques dealers.

With more and more younger people getting into collecting, now is no better time to give your loved one a piece of history this Christmas, and to start that excitement that comes with every collectors’ treasure hunt!

At Ardingly Antiques Fair, you will be able to shop thousands and thousands of sustainable gifts perfect for young collectors starting out or collectors who have been collecting for years! Make sure to add Ardingly to your calendar today to not miss out on the final Ardingly of the year!

2. Jimi Hendrix Vintage Film, £25

Jimi Hendrix Collector would love this gift

Okay so this option is slightly tailored to Jimi Hendrix fans, but let’s be honest, the demographic isn’t exactly small… so if you know a Jimi Hendrix fan who would get excited over some vintage films, there’s no better place to shop items like this than at Ardingly Antiques Fair!

There are so many unique and sustainable gift ideas for music lovers at iacf antiques fairs, this is just one example of the thousands of vintage music items you can purchase. Discovering items at Ardingly means that you can surprise your friends and family with rare finds that you simply cannot find on the high street, or even online!

What makes shopping sustainable Christmas gifts at Ardingly that much more special, is being able to speak with the antiques dealers about the items, and finding out a little bit more about the items you buy! You can even get their details so you can be alerted if they find another interesting item that you expressed interest in.

3. Vintage Versace Dress, £20

Vintage Versace Dress

We know that everyone’s styles are different, and the best thing about style these days, is that anything goes. You can be truly unique with the clothes you wear, and there is no better way to be unique with your wardrobe by shopping vintage.

Long gone are the days where people stuck to ‘trends’ and followed fashion influencers like it’s their bible, now you can dress in anything that suits you and that YOU love! There is no better way to treat a loved one this Christmas by buying them a unique fashion statement that has stood the test of time.

This vintage Versace dress the perfect example of finding a unique and designer dress, for half the price you’d pay for a cheaply made dress on the internet! Costing the buyer only £20, you know that your friend will smile receiving this gift.

There are plenty more vintage clothing to indulge in at Ardingly Antiques Fair, from a number of well known vintage brands, including vintage Adidas, vintage Dickies, vintage Calvin Klein, vintage Levis and so many more. Vintage brands are not only extremely popular amongst all ages, your loved one will appreciate the high quality materials that you just can’t get in clothes made these days.

Sustainable gifts ideas don’t get much better than a £20 Versace dress…

4. Vintage Rocking Horse, £65 & other vintage toys

Vintage Rocking Horses

There are so many wonderful vintage toys to find at Ardingly, these high quality vintage toys have stood the test of time, and continue to bring joy to families.

We know that we’ve said it before, but we really can’t see why you would buy newly produced toys that will probably break in a few weeks! Shopping vintage toys means that you are buying items that will last for years to come, and what is better and more personal than being able to pass down these toys to your children and your grandchildren, and their children, and their children.. (you get the picture).

These vintage rocking horses are just two examples of the thousands of antique toys and vintage toys that you can find at Ardingly next week, make sure to get your tickets today so you can ensure you don’t miss out on finding unique gift ideas for children, just like these vintage rocking horses!

When searching for sustainable gifts ideas for children, you may find it difficult to find something, which is why Ardingly Antiques Fair is a must-visit Christmas shopping event!

5. 1880s, Franz Ant Mehlem Cheese Dome, £48

We all love cheese over the festive season and there is no better way to present your cheese than this stunning 1880s, Franz Ant Mehlem Cheese Dome. If you know someone who loves serving friends and family in style, then why not treat them with this not-so-cheesy gift?

Franz Ant Mehlem Cheese Dome, 1880s

This unique cheese dome is perfect for any cheese-lover, or any porcelain collector that is interested in the history and uniqueness of the Mehlem company. The company was renamed Franz Anton Mehlem in 1840 and was significantly different in the way they produced their items. More modern machinery was introduced to the factories that Franz Ant ran, and in 1875 there were a lot of changes and expansions.

Over the years, many manufacturers were experimenting with different mixtures and changing the ways that they produced their materials to help give their earthenware products a more porcelain-like look and feel. Franz Anton and his company were amongst the few leaders in that particular technology, and they were extremely successful during the 1880s and 1910. So this Cheese Dome is a perfect example of their change in direction and success!

If you know someone who appreciates a little bit of history with their cheese, why not tell them this story along with their new gift? That is one thing that makes Ardingly Antiques Fair the perfect place to find gifts, you don’t only receive the gift, but a fascinating and (sometimes emotional!) story to go alongside it, too.

We love this idea for a sustainable gift idea, it not only benefits the environment, but your kitchen interior too!

Make sure to add Ardingly Antiques Fair to your calendar to ensure you don’t miss the upcoming fair!

6. Vintage Golfing Letterbox, £60

This incredibly fun and unique sustainable gift idea does have a certain recipient in mind, a golf player or golfing enthusiast! We know that this Christmas gift idea may only be appreciated by few people, but we know that the ones who will appreciate it, may just fall in love with it!

Vintage Golfing Letterbox

It’s always fun to give someone something a little bit extra, we think that this is a perfect example of just that!

There is definitely something for everything at Ardingly Antiques Fair, when we say you don’t know what you will find, we truly mean it!

We have our 2022 Ardingly Antiques Fairs dates released, so make sure to plan your year of antiques hunting with iacf.

7. Vintage Jewellery, vintage bags & more vintage accessories, ranging from £1-£100

Sara from Reclaimed Women shops vintage bags

You can find an incredible selection of antique jewellery and vintage jewellery, ranging from all different price ranges! Reclaimed Women founder, Sara Morel, attending Ardingly in September and found beautiful antique accessories and vintage accessories, including this vintage ring she had to take home with her, and some vintage bags!

So, now that we have covered some great gift ideas, in our next post we will show you some great examples of sustainable Christmas decorations that you can find at the upcoming Ardingly Antiques Fair!

Upcoming iacf Antiques Markets

Thu 2

- Fri 3 Dec, 2021

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

Tue 18

- Wed 19 Jan, 2022

South of England Showground

Thu 3

- Fri 4 Feb, 2022

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

Mon 21

- Mon 21 Feb, 2022

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

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