Sunday, 1 February 2009

Alexandra Palace Collectors' Fair

It's true - one of the greatest antique and collectables events in the South of England has returned. Early last year, long-standing event organiser Pig & Whistle held the last of their immensely popular fairs at historic Alexandra Palace in London. With the venue looking set to become a casino, it was curtains for this fantastic day-long event. Later in the year, Nelson Fairs announced that they had come to an agreement with the owners and the fair would start again. I missed the first two as I was (annoyingly) travelling on business, but made it to the third event, held today.
And I was not disappointed - it's everything it used to be and more! Over 600 dealers pack the main hall, offering everything from furniture to ceramics, glass, advertising memorabilia from Victorian to Vintage - and much, much more. I spent - literally - hours and hours browsing the stands, buying big-time. Although the collecting market has been hit pretty hard by the credit crunch, you couldn't tell today as I jostled with thousands of keen buyers. Check Nelson Fairs' website to find out when the next one is. See you there!

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