Published 7th May
In a continued effort to support the trade through the Covid19 crisis, lockdown and the halting of on-the-ground fairs, we are taking our first Decorative Home & Salvage Show of the year online. Scheduled to take place at Ripley Castle near Harrogate, Yorkshire over the weekend of 8– 10 May, this event will now take place virtually on Instagram @asfairson Saturday 9 May. Kicking off at 9.30am with an Instagram Live launch with antique dealer and Salvage Hunter's presenter Drew Pritchard and ASFairs' PR person, writer and stylist for Reclaim and Period Living, Alice Roberton, this will be a showcase of 40 plus dealers booked into exhibit at the Decorative Home & Salvage Shows 2020. The event will run between 10am and 4pm but will remain online @asfairs to ensure if can be viewed any time – some stock will inevitably be sold however the visitor still gets the benefit of being introduced to an excellent roster of dealers who they can later do business with.
How it works:
Just like a real fair, we will be providing a platform where visitors can browse and buy direct from a range of dealers; instead of the location being a field in the countryside the location will be Instagram. The virtual door will open at 10am, whereupon we will publish a post for each dealer including a bio, a selection of photos and an invitation for the visitor to click-through to the dealer’s profile, each dealer will also feature in our Instagram stories. Just like at a real fair, if you see a stand you like the look of you can step in, ask questions, enquire about stock and make a direct purchase. The best part is that the event will stay on our Instagram, so you can go back and visit it anytime you like (no desperately trying to remember who that dealer was who had that thing you wished you'd bought!).
Please note: by hosting a virtual event Arthur Swallow Fairs is acting as a plaform to introduce buyer to seller and all transactions and delivery arrangements will be made between these two paries. Arthur Swallow Fairs accepts no responsibility for transactions or fulfilment.
Throughout the day we will be going LIVE on Instagram to talk to some of our regular visitors to find out what they love about our shows, what they've bought and how they are finding the current switch to online. We have some other little surprises up out sleeves too, so do check our stories as well as our main feed!
As a lead-in to the event, @asfairs will be hosting a Live Trade Talk #asfairstradetalks at 6pm on Thursday 7 May with antique dealer Chris Holmes of Chris Holmes Antiques, a stalwart exhibitor at the Ripley Decorative Home & Salvage Show. Our first Trade Talk took place two weeks ago with Drew Pritchard as our guest, it was hugely positive and encouraging – you can view it here on IGTV
Covid19 Dealer Directory
The directory is now around 150 dealers strong, and growing, from large-scale operations right through to hobby traders. It’s generating valuable business for people and is well worth a look. If you are a dealer and you’d like to get involved, please click through here for more details http://www.asfairs.com/directory.aspx. If you are a buyer, you’ll be able to discover some excellent new dealers here!
Stay home, stay safe and we hope you join us on Saturday, from all at ASFairs x
EXHIBITOR LIST - MAY 9 INSTA DECORATIVE HOME & SALVAGE SHOW