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FAIR LADIES - SUSAN GALLOWAY OF GALLOWAY FAIRS

Susan and Richard Galloway, owners of Galloway Antiques Fairs have been have been organising quality antiques and fine art fairs for 22 years. They pride themselves in their choices of fair venues, featuring some of the finest stately homes in the country. 

They work with nationally known dealers, exhibiting items in the fields of furniture, silver, jewellery, paintings, sculpture, glass, porcelain, antiquarian books and prints, oriental rugs, mirrors, clocks, lighting and much more! With the exception of fine art and sculpture, Galloway's fairs have a dateline restriction of 1970, and items are vetted to ensure they are originals and of the highest quality.

We talk to Susan about their successful and long-running business...


Antiques News - Fair Ladies: Susan Galloway

Susan Galloway


ANFTell us about your journey to Galloway Fairs:

SG:  We have been organising fairs for 22 years. Before that I trained as a sick children's nurse in Glasgow and then worked for the MOD when I moved from Galloway down to Harrogate over 30 years ago., Richard, however has been in the antiques trade since leaving school when he joined the family business Galloway Antiques which was based in Newton Stewart in Galloway. His parents John & Dorothy had a shop there. They would go off and exhibit at 3 day quality fairs and leave Richard to man the shop.

ANF: Have you seen any differences between running fairs in Scotland and England?

SG:  I think the main difference between our Scottish and English fairs is that our event at Scone Palace is the only 3 day quality antiques fair in the whole of Scotland, making our bi-annual events there a very special occasions for collectors, and we find that the public are willing to travel great distances to attend with folk coming down from Aberdeen and Inverness and up from Edinburgh, Glasgow, the borders and North of England.

ANF: Have you seen any significant changes in the fairs over the last 5 years?

SG:  Organisers having to relax their datelines to suit the tastes of customers attending the fairs is the main change over the last 5 years for us. I certainly believe that smaller boutique style fairs have an advantage over larger events. Our fairs attract discerning regular customers who appreciate the friendly, personal, atmosphere that exists because it is a smaller event.

ANF: Is there anyone that influenced you or served as a mentor to you?

SG:  No particular person influenced or mentored us but our close knit group of returning exhibitors serve to inspire us on a daily basis with their hard work and commitment to what is a much tougher job than outsiders might suspect! As a family business who exhibited at quality fairs around the country, we picked up a lot of knowledge along the way from how other organisers ran their events, sometimes thinking they did a great job, other times thinking we could do better but we are still here after 30 years so hopefully we are doing something right!

ANF: How important is a fair's venue to you?

SG:  The correct venue is a major factor for us and we are very lucky to host fairs in some of the some of the finest stately home in the country.  An antiques fair in a stately home gives the visitors the whole package, stands set out in lovely state rooms, beautiful gardens, ample free car parking and a great tearoom on site.

ANF: What are the best and worst aspects of being a fair organiser?

SG:  Best aspect of being a fair organiser is when all your hard work and planning pays off and you walk away on a Sunday evening following 3 busy days of visitors and selling for our dealers and our dealers thanking us for a good fair and saying they will be back at the next one. If our dealers are happy, we are happy.

The worst part of being an organiser is when all your hard work and planning doesn’t result in a busy fair due to circumstances beyond your control. For example 2 things that will kill your fair are the forecast of snow or if you have a fair that first hot, sunny weekend of the year – both of these adversely affect visitor numbers.

ANF: As a busy event organiser, what do you do between fairs to unwind?

SG:  Between events long walks in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, living in Harrogate, voted happiest place to live, catching up with friends and red wine does the trick.

 

Antiques News - Fair Ladies - Scone Palace

Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland - One of the many fine venues used by Galloway Fairs.

ANF: How is your events calendar looking for 2017?

SG:  We have 12 fairs for 2017 , 2 of these are new. 18- 20 August we will be at The Majestic Hotel in our home town of Harrogate, a palatial and stately Victorian prperty, set in 8 acres of private gardens in the heart of this elegant spa town with free car parking for around 200 cars.

Our second new event will be on 20 – 22 October at Cowdray House near Midhurst in West Sussex. Formerly the home of Lord & Lady Cowdray, Cowdray House is a spectacular country house surrounded by historic parkland including Cowdray Ruins. With it’s close connection to the world renowned Cowdray Polo Club, it should become a great replacement for our fairs at Goodwood house a few years ago.

 

For full details, exhibitor enquiries and dates of all future events see Galloway Fairs.



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FAIR LADIES - SUSAN GALLOWAY OF GALLOWAY FAIRS

Susan and Richard Galloway, owners of Galloway Antiques Fairs have been have been organising quality antiques and fine art fairs for 22 years. They pride themselves in their choices of fair venues, featuring some of the finest stately homes in the country. 

They work with nationally known dealers, exhibiting items in the fields of furniture, silver, jewellery, paintings, sculpture, glass, porcelain, antiquarian books and prints, oriental rugs, mirrors, clocks, lighting and much more! With the exception of fine art and sculpture, Galloway's fairs have a dateline restriction of 1970, and items are vetted to ensure they are originals and of the highest quality.

We talk to Susan about their successful and long-running business...


Antiques News - Fair Ladies: Susan Galloway

Susan Galloway


ANFTell us about your journey to Galloway Fairs:

SG:  We have been organising fairs for 22 years. Before that I trained as a sick children's nurse in Glasgow and then worked for the MOD when I moved from Galloway down to Harrogate over 30 years ago., Richard, however has been in the antiques trade since leaving school when he joined the family business Galloway Antiques which was based in Newton Stewart in Galloway. His parents John & Dorothy had a shop there. They would go off and exhibit at 3 day quality fairs and leave Richard to man the shop.

ANF: Have you seen any differences between running fairs in Scotland and England?

SG:  I think the main difference between our Scottish and English fairs is that our event at Scone Palace is the only 3 day quality antiques fair in the whole of Scotland, making our bi-annual events there a very special occasions for collectors, and we find that the public are willing to travel great distances to attend with folk coming down from Aberdeen and Inverness and up from Edinburgh, Glasgow, the borders and North of England.

ANF: Have you seen any significant changes in the fairs over the last 5 years?

SG:  Organisers having to relax their datelines to suit the tastes of customers attending the fairs is the main change over the last 5 years for us. I certainly believe that smaller boutique style fairs have an advantage over larger events. Our fairs attract discerning regular customers who appreciate the friendly, personal, atmosphere that exists because it is a smaller event.

ANF: Is there anyone that influenced you or served as a mentor to you?

SG:  No particular person influenced or mentored us but our close knit group of returning exhibitors serve to inspire us on a daily basis with their hard work and commitment to what is a much tougher job than outsiders might suspect! As a family business who exhibited at quality fairs around the country, we picked up a lot of knowledge along the way from how other organisers ran their events, sometimes thinking they did a great job, other times thinking we could do better but we are still here after 30 years so hopefully we are doing something right!

ANF: How important is a fair's venue to you?

SG:  The correct venue is a major factor for us and we are very lucky to host fairs in some of the some of the finest stately home in the country.  An antiques fair in a stately home gives the visitors the whole package, stands set out in lovely state rooms, beautiful gardens, ample free car parking and a great tearoom on site.

ANF: What are the best and worst aspects of being a fair organiser?

SG:  Best aspect of being a fair organiser is when all your hard work and planning pays off and you walk away on a Sunday evening following 3 busy days of visitors and selling for our dealers and our dealers thanking us for a good fair and saying they will be back at the next one. If our dealers are happy, we are happy.

The worst part of being an organiser is when all your hard work and planning doesn’t result in a busy fair due to circumstances beyond your control. For example 2 things that will kill your fair are the forecast of snow or if you have a fair that first hot, sunny weekend of the year – both of these adversely affect visitor numbers.

ANF: As a busy event organiser, what do you do between fairs to unwind?

SG:  Between events long walks in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, living in Harrogate, voted happiest place to live, catching up with friends and red wine does the trick.

 

Antiques News - Fair Ladies - Scone Palace

Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland - One of the many fine venues used by Galloway Fairs.

ANF: How is your events calendar looking for 2017?

SG:  We have 12 fairs for 2017 , 2 of these are new. 18- 20 August we will be at The Majestic Hotel in our home town of Harrogate, a palatial and stately Victorian prperty, set in 8 acres of private gardens in the heart of this elegant spa town with free car parking for around 200 cars.

Our second new event will be on 20 – 22 October at Cowdray House near Midhurst in West Sussex. Formerly the home of Lord & Lady Cowdray, Cowdray House is a spectacular country house surrounded by historic parkland including Cowdray Ruins. With it’s close connection to the world renowned Cowdray Polo Club, it should become a great replacement for our fairs at Goodwood house a few years ago.

 

For full details, exhibitor enquiries and dates of all future events see Galloway Fairs.



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