Wales's Towy Antiques Fairs reaches landmark anniversary this year
We're not the only ones celebrating our 21st birthday this year - it's also the 21st anniversary of Towy Antiques Fairs, which runs some of the most popular fairs in Wales. And its owners say that during the events' lifetime antiques have become more popular than ever.
'People are now looking to buy quality pieces rather than mass-produced furniture that simply doesn't last,' says Robert Pugh who, with his wife Carol, launched Towy with the Carmarthen Antiques Fair in May 1993.
'We're in an age where we all want more for our money and Welsh antique pieces offer that. In fact, many pieces can be bought for less than their modern equivalent or a reproduction.'
Towy is running five fairs this year, the first of which takes place this weekend (1st-2nd March) at the United Counties Showground in Carmarthen and will feature a number of dealers specialising in Welsh country furniture.
'Younger people too are now buying more antique furniture,' adds Carol Pugh. 'They often begin by looking at pieces that remind them of their grandparents' homes but go on to realise the merits of buying furniture of a quality you rarely see at these prices anymore.'
The fair will also give visitors the opportunity to buy vintage jewellery, ceramics spanning three centuries, military memorabilia and a wide range of decorative items.
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