Our first venture to the South of England proved to be a hit with local exhibitors and visitors. We welcomed a number of new stall holders to the event who took advantage of the locality to their business base, proving useful for networking and hopefully leading to some after show commissions and sales. We spoke to a few of the new faces to get to know them a bit better and find out what they’d brought with them.
Arc Reclamation, Church Antiques & The Old Radiator Co., who are good friends, presented us with an impressive display of architectural antiques and reclaimed furniture. Arc Reclamation are only a 30 minute drive away from Loseley Park and had a number of standout pieces including a door from the Wentworth Estate and a 25 metre run of wood panelling from Magdalen College, Oxford. We were particularly drawn to an 1830s Regency period print block salvaged from a prolific hoarder and local known character from Petersfield who bought a building, once functioning as the Mint, near the Town Hall, saving it from demolition but subsequently filling it with all sorts of collections and amazing objects over the years. There really is a story behind every item!
Nikki Page travelled from Kent to be at the show and said that she was enjoying the relaxed set-up and layout of the stall area. Nikki specialises in decorative antiques and only ever sells original pieces. Amongst many impressive items on her stall, there was a beautifully detailed 19th century architectural moulding sample panel.
Linda & Julien Chambers from Elham Antiques also journeyed from Kent, where they have been established for over 20 years. They told is that they love going to shows as it allows them to interact with other stall holder friends and potential buyers. They were also impressed with the stall layout and the pretty way in which the event had been dressed with flags and bunting. They presented their stand in the style of a very well appointed home filled with beautiful, decorative finds and used smaller pieces to complement their large, heavy furniture, architectural antiques and garden statuary. The effect is that good, that people often say they would love to come and live on their stall!
Lastly, we spoke to Claudie Ferre from CLO20C, a dealer of high quality industrial lighting and 20th century antiques, based in West Sussex. Claudie heard about the show from our friends at Southport Architectural Salvage (thank you, Christine and Keith!) and was impressed with the relaxed set-up and good atmosphere of the show. Claudie brought a smart and highly polished selection of light fittings alongside a large, eye catching 1960s ship’s search light, all of which have been meticulously refurbished and rewired to bring them up to an extremely high standard.
It was certainly great to meet our new stall holders and take the Decorative Home & Salvage Show to such a fantastic new venue. If you missed us at Loseley Park, you can catch us at Cheshire Showground on the 16th & 17th August 2014, click here for more details.