Last week’s Antiques & Home Show at Lincolnshire Showground was our final big event of the summer season. Visitors enjoyed a virtual heatwave on Monday and braved the rain on Tuesday, proving that, whatever the weather, shopping is always high up on the list of priorities. Our exhibitors came with their usual mix of beautiful antiques, bargain bric-a-brac, weird and wonderful objects and a huge helping of home inspiration.
Props buyers Claire and Michaela were sourcing for the BBC and were carting away some interesting looking bits and pieces. They left us wondering where the props might appear as their buying was top secret! Our shows are becoming increasingly popular with props buyers, interior designers, retail buyers, set-designers and restauranteurs.
Exhibitor Baz Reeve, who trades as Labelle Bazaar in Leicester, is one of our regulars and is no stranger to supplying props for films and shop fittings for large restaurant chains, both home and abroad. Baz has some great stock and is skilled at sourcing to order.
Stuart Douglas made the journey from Newcastle to find interior inspiration for a pub he is refurbishing. He wants to create a Victorian look to suit the age of the pub and bought this grand looking, boxed taxidermy heron as a starting point. ‘This is the first piece of taxidermy i’ve bought and I can already see a theme emerging’ said Stuart.
This summery visitor was feeling inspired to buy pieces for her home which require a little care and attention - a bit of wax and some handles for the chest of drawers and some new ears and a bridle for the rocking horse and they’ll be as good as new.
Mother and daughter shopping team Lucy (pictured left) and Vanessa Seddon (right) have a vintage interiors shop in North Yorkshire called Helston Street and were loving the variety of things available at the show.
Heinrick Seenfft (pictured left) and Fabian Nierhaus (right) are self-confessed fans of Arthur Swallow Fairs and try and attend as many as they can each year. ‘We are opening an eclectic interiors and home store in Berlin called Vetternwirtschaft in two weeks from now, so the buying is on!’ they said.
As always there was a lot to see outside, but take a step inside the Epic Centre (pictured above) and there are always some great sights to catch the eye, like Anne Drury Antiques' welcoming room-set full of gorgeous antiques, and further down the hall rows of Victorian mustard and cream pots and jars on R&R Antiques from London's stand.
This show was a great way to end the summer but don’t forget you’ll get one last chance to visit the two day Lincoln show before the year is out - join us in October on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th. In the meanwhile keep up to date with what’s happening at ASFairs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @asfairs #followtheswallow and look out for our styling blogs to keep you entertained throughout the colder months.