Antiques for Summer

From browsing large collections in the grounds of country mansions to small sales in village halls, Wales has a wealth of antiques fairs in its diary for the coming months.

As the weather improves the lure of getting on the road exploring events grows stronger, with the hope of discovering hidden gems at various locations across the country. Whether you are looking for specialist items or enjoy delving into general collections, there is something to suit all buyers and sellers, without crossing the border.

The ever popular Carmarthenshire based Derwen Fairs offer an extensive selection which includes Welsh oak furniture, country pine, books, jewellery, Welsh pottery and textiles, militaria, art pottery, fine French clocks, Welsh art, Persian carpets and more. The introduction of an open air vintage market to include 20 marquees last year proved a popular addition to the many inside stands among the rare plants and stunning surroundings of the National Botanic Garden Fair, Llanarthne, The fairs offer free parking and a friendly atmosphere. The next events will take place July 1 and 2, and October 7 and 8, 10am to 4.30pm.

The Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Markets draw enthusiasts and collectors to the United Counties Showground from all over the UK in the hope of bagging a bargain.
Around 200 stands inside and out feature interesting items such as furniture, tools, pottery, antiques, vintage, retro and upcycled items. Upcoming events are planned for June 18, August 6 and September 10, 10am to 4pm, with free parking.

In Mid Wales, the Welshpool Antique and Flea Market takes place in the town’s livestock centre, with up to 120 tables which typically exhibit ceramics, vintage clothing, football and music memorabilia, furniture, toys, clocks and militaria. The next fairs will be held on July 15, and August 19.

Criccieth’s Vintage and Antique Fair will return to the Memorial Hall by popular demand on July 28 and August 25, and the long established Wrexham Antiques and Collectables Fair is held on the second Saturday of each month.

Up north, the Bodnant Food Centre is the new venue for the Simply the Best Antique Fairs, held in the Furnace Tea Rooms, with pitches in the large courtyard when the weather permits. An interesting variety of items, paintings, jewellery, china, glass, silver, postcards, books and memorabilia, will be on display on July 2 and August 13.

Better known for welcoming animals to the Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells will host the International Antiques and Collectors Fair on September 2 and 3 with more than 1,000 stalls on the showground.

Elsewhere, dealers from across Wales are expected to visit the North Wales annual Postcard Fair in Llandudno on August 19, to trade postcards from around the world from the past 120 years, and experts from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme will be promoting the country’s hidden treasures when they access items at Cardiff Castle on September 6.

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