Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair

By Alice Roberton,
11th April 2013 - 17:02
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Alice Roberton joins four fabulous textile traders at one of Europe’s largest vintiquing events

The Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair really is quite an experience, with 2,500 international traders selling just about everything the discerning vintiquer could ever dream of owning. So, buttoned up against the elements, I set out to see as much as possible while resisting the temptation to throw caution to the baltic east wind and shop until I dropped.
Homes & Antiques had a cosy corner in The Textiles Tent, a regular fixture housing four traders - Michele Antiques, Liz van Hasselt - aka The Washerwoman, Alan Bradbury and Beyond France. Between them they sell the most wonderful array of French, English, American and Hungarian textiles, trimmings and homewares.
Mother and daughter Martha and Sarah Coomber are regular visitors to the fair and always find plenty of lovely things to buy. ‘We’re both fashion designers and we love coming here to find inspiration,’ said Martha.
This French painted double foot stool was snapped up from Liz’s stand by fellow trader Daniela Lichters.
I spotted Alice Burnet and Andrew Griffin having a final look around on Friday afternoon. ‘We already have a carload of goodies for our shop Stiffkey Stores in Norfolk but we've also just spotted this mirror which will go in our daughter's bedroom,’ said Andrew. 
Josephine Oates and Lucy Nugent of Lucy's Vintage Lifestyle invited me into their cosy caravan for a cup of tea and told me about the holiday cottage they’ve been renovating in Perche, France. As an avid Homes & Antiques reader, Josephine was very interested to read the ‘Vintiquing in The Perche’ feature in the May issue.
Tom Clarke and Terry Boldero were having a whale of a time and were glad they’d hired a van to transport all their wonderful purchases home! ‘We're opening a shop called The Old Stores in Roydon near King's Lynn,' said Tom. 'We'll be selling a mix of unusual finds with an emphasis on interiors - these skis are for next winter’s window display.'
Ann Worsfold of County Clearences in Ledbury, Hereford, was almost cleared out of stock and only had a few bits of gardenalia left to tempt those last-minute shoppers.
The next opportunity to shop till you drop at Newark will be on the 6th and 7th June.
Homes & Antiques will be at the following fairs during April:
Sunday 14th April, 10am-4pm - 4th Annual Vintage Textile & Costume Day, Dairy House Antiques, Semley, Nr Shaftesbury, Dorset
Saturday 27th April, 9.30am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar at Hartley Wintney, The Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire
Saturday 27th-Sunday 28th April, 10am - 5pm (both days) - Festival of Vintage, York Racecourse, York