So last week we made it to our first fair. We have been to fairs before buying and love to especially visit the Battersea Decorative Antique Fair. Although Bath is on our doorstep we had never actually been to the fair even as a buyer. So we really had no idea what to expect or really how everything works. Being massive planners we planned our stand weeks before hand and I ended up with a main worry about the floor. We like everything dark but thought a dark floor may take away from our pieces. Obviously a wood floor would look great but were on a bit of a tight budget. So came up with a very very time consuming plan that we didnt really know would work but would save the purse strings a little but would raid the penny jars. Edd and I spent hours sticking individual pennys to metre square MDF boards then grouting and varnishing them. It gave us some pretty reflective copper boards that reflecting our lighting nicely. We only had four penny casualties and soon stuck them back on, so we have those for every fair now on just not looking for bigger than a 3m x 2m stand for a while![caption id="attachment_645" align="alignnone" width="640"] A well packed Van[/caption][caption id="attachment_640" align="alignnone" width="720"] Every penny stuck with a match stick![/caption]
So like I said we had no idea what to expect the days before had been hectic and we were behind. We managed to be the last people to turn up on set up day at the fairs (with probably the least distance to travel) A stressful three hours setting up, but really being wowed along the way at the other stands and helped along the way with some of the things we had forgotten. Steps being on of them. Edd seemed to gain god like power to lift anything while I screwed it in the wall. We some how finished it before kick out time.The wonderful flowers by Kirsty in our flat before they went off to the fair[/caption]
The last thing to pick up before the morning of the fair was our beautiful flower arrangement done by Kirsty at Ruby and the Wolf. We first met Kirsty through the interior and Bristol based blog "These four walls" and were drawn to our similar styles. She really done us proud with our brief of "Renaissance painting style" (we don't ask for a lot) they looked freaking awesome and we still have a good bunch at home still hanging in there!
Made it with stock on time and in one piece at the 26th Bath Decorative Antique FairThe floor actually looking as intended ! Thank God![/caption]
We had homes and antiques pop by the stand for a chat and they featured the above photo over on their blog.
The fair was busy throughout with lots of familiar faces and lots of new friends made. There was lots of people both dealers and clients we had been waiting really to met face to face for ages and so nice to finally do that. There was a great range of stock and loads of things we liked. We also managed to enjoy more than a few beers with many of the lovely dealers, thanks so much for a great time, guys!
We are looking forward to getting to a few more fairs soon. In fact our next one is in June a very different affair all together. We will be at the first Bristol Tattoo Convention at the Passenger Shed at Brunels old station on the 13th June. - 14th June. Tickets are now available online here.
So from a Decorative Antique fair to a Tattoo Convention, just where to go to next?
Cass and Edd x