Antiques For Everyone, Birmingham NEC

By Alice Roberton,
6th November 2013 - 14:52

Four days of gorgeous antiques, celebrity talks and fine shopping

The Homes & Antiques team were out in force at Antiques For Everyone last week. We enjoyed four days of meeting readers, signing up new subscribers, selling magazines and hearing stories of treasure hunting on the UK antiques scene. 

Meeting brothers and antiques enthusiasts Anthony and Andrew Harris was a pleasure. Anthony, who lives in Colorado, USA, was delighted that Andrew treated him to an overseas subscription as an early Christmas present. ‘It’s such a wonderful offer with the Judith Miller book as a free gift,’ Andrew said.

I managed to catch the end of Judith Miller’s talk and had a lovely chat with her about what she shared with the audience. ‘I was talking about buying antiques from a very personal angle as well as sharing some tips on valuation, rarity, desirability, and what’s in fashion and what’s not. There’s always so much to say!’ she said.

As well as selling his collection of mid-century glassware and promoting his new hands-on book The Canny Collector, the charming Mark Hill also hosted a talk. If you missed AFE, Mark will be talking again at Bedruthan Mid Century & Vintage Fair in Cornwall this weekend - do go along if you’re in the area.

It was all go on the Glazed Over stand with lots of excited conversation about Moorcroft between traders Stephen Elliott and Lorraine Leighfell and avid collectors Rachel and Alan Hines, who were particularly interested in a small and rare Liberty Hazledean vase. If you’re a Moorcroft fan then don’t miss our reader day, with a special lecture by Eric Knowles and the chance to decorate your own piece of pottery, on November 15th.  Call 01782 820510 for info and tickets.

Liz Fahy (pictured right), who works in costume for TV, visited Susannah Midwinter of Fashion Fandango for some inspiration and a spot of personal shopping. ‘Some of these velvets are irresistible’ she said.

Beverly and Steve Thompson visited the H&A stand earlier in the day to take out a subscription and later fell in love with this 1920s mahogany two-seater sofa, upholstered in warm red tartan, at Cantelo Antiques. ‘We’re currently renovating an old property and the sofa’s high back is going to really keep the draughts out,’ said Beverly.

Trading next to me was Mark Ablewhite of Marcus Rex Antiques from Cambridge who did well selling decorative items. I loved his gilt-metal and silver deskstand, an Egyptian revival piece made in the Birmingham area circa 1880.

AFE regulars, Jenny & Steve West from Amersham had a successful Saturday and were thrilled with the 1880s Ottoman Olive Jar they bought from Clarke Pickett. ‘It will probably live on our patio in the summer and in our conservatory over the winter to preserve the original glaze’ they said.

Here’s where we’ll be throughout the coming weeks, do visit us for fabulous homewares, magazines and great subscription offers.

Saturday 9th, 11am-4pm - Vintage In The Shires Olney Fair, The Church Hall, Church Street, Olney, Buckinghamshire 

Saturday 16th, 9am-3pm - The Vintage & Makers Market, The Assembly Rooms, South Molton, Devon

Sunday 17th, 11am-4pm - My Little Vintage Fair at Bosworths Garden Centre, Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire

Sunday 17th, 10am-3pm - Vintage Zoo, Chessington Community College, Garrison Lane, Chessington, Surrey

Sunday 17th, 10am-3pm - Homespun Christmas Fair, Gerrans Parish Memorial Hall, Gerrans Hill, Portscatho, Cornwall

Saturday 23rd, 10am-4pm - My Little Vintage Fair at Nene Court, The Embankment, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Sunday 24th, 9.30am-4pm - Bath Vintage & Antiques Christmas Market, Green Park Station, Bath, Somerset

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