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IACF Newark & Ardingly are 'The Big Ones' to Overseas Buyers

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

The overseas buyers lounge at Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair - next date 17-18 August 2017, provides an oasis of calm away from the busy trading of the largest antiques fair in Europe.

The Newark Fair, featured in the New York Times best seller, '1000 Places To See Before You Die', together with the Ardingly International Antique & Collectors' Fair - next date 18-19 July 2017, (the largest IACF event in the south of England) are extremely popular with overseas buyers. Dealers from France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Portugal and Hungary regularly attend Newark and Ardingly.  

Every stallholder is also a buyer, and the high concentration of international customers are integral to the overall success of IACF. Each country represented brings its own character and adds to the variety of items available at the fairs, making the events real hubs for international trade in Antiques & Collectables.

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers 

Grant Nicholas of IACF took time to speak to and gather some insight from a few of the loyal buyers who return to Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair year after year.

Charlotte Whitenight has been visiting Newark for more than 20 years. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Charlotte left her career as a Social Security Manager to pursue an occupation that embraced her love of antiques.  Together with her friend and fellow buyer Diane Afes-Smith, from Washington DC, they are certainly 'regulars', with both of them attending an average of 3 Newark fairs a year. "We've been friends since we met at Newark many years ago." Charlotte said, "For us this is definitely the 'Big One', as far as antiques fairs are concerned - always has been." 

Charlotte and Diane usually make an extended trip - as do many overseas buyers - when they visit Europe in search of stock to sell. They also plan to take in visits to Edinburgh and France during their hunt. Charlotte commented: "The kind of things I'm on the lookout for include: silver; small boxes; and things for the garden. Anything English really. English antiques always go down well back home... We come to both days, though many of the best purchases are done on the first day. Today I picked up a beautiful Tea Caddy, tomorrow - who knows - it's always worth looking, right until the end."  Diane adds: "There is always lots of help at Newark, both from the Fair staff and the stallholders. We can always find good quality antiques, and we can usually get things for a good price."

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

A regular American antiques tour operator is called Antique Trails, organised by Flora Haller. Born and raised in England, with a working background as a travel agent, Flora is ideally qualified to arrange her tours from the New York area.  "My group of 25 were so happy - especially the dealers. I also have some collectors who regularly travel with us too, and several have already re-booked for October.  I run an all inclusive package, which is the least expensive on the market, and it seems to be going really well." Flora said. "The week long tour includes some smaller shows, which exist because of the IACF event, but Newark really is the highlight of the trip!"

Historically, the most common overseas buyers at IACF fairs were American, but recently a larger number of buyers are coming from the Far East, including Korea, Japan and Taiwan, making up to 30% of today's overseas buyers.

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

Daniel has been flying 12 and a half hours for each Newark Fair for over 25 years, to source stock to sell to his regular clients in Hong Kong, from his small shop in Taiwan. He commented: "I usually only come over specifically for Newark, and only stay for 3 nights. I have regular clients in Hong Kong and regular friends I buy from in Newark. They often contact me with things they think I might like, and I see them first thing and make a quick decision on whether to buy or not, this way I know I'm not wasting my time... Auction houses are getting more expensive, so Newark is the best chance in Britain of getting the things I'm looking for at a good price. This fair is still the best... I'm always looking for unusual items, rarity is the key and high-end, quality items always sell."

Daniel is also searching for silver items. "Silver is relatively easy to transport, and has secure pricing - it's difficult to lose money on silver."

Newark can also be a great source for Ceramics and Porcelain. Buyers from the Far East often look for Qing (pronounced Ching) Dynasty (1644 - 1911) artefacts to sell back into the 'Mandarin' market. Daniel hadn't found any so far on that trip, but had picked up some Meissen (German) Porcelain, which he knows will sell well in Hong Kong.

Europeans make up almost 55% of the overseas buyers, most coming from Belgium, Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Spain. The remaining percentage is made up of visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Russia & Egypt to name a few.  Very few parts of the world are not represented in the overseas buyers lounge!

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

The next Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair will be on 17-18 August 2017, and the next Ardingly Fair will be on 18-19 July 2017.  For more information, visit IACF.

Follow IACF on Twitter @IACFAntiqueFair

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IACF Newark & Ardingly are 'The Big Ones' to Overseas Buyers

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

The overseas buyers lounge at Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair - next date 17-18 August 2017, provides an oasis of calm away from the busy trading of the largest antiques fair in Europe.

The Newark Fair, featured in the New York Times best seller, '1000 Places To See Before You Die', together with the Ardingly International Antique & Collectors' Fair - next date 18-19 July 2017, (the largest IACF event in the south of England) are extremely popular with overseas buyers. Dealers from France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Portugal and Hungary regularly attend Newark and Ardingly.  

Every stallholder is also a buyer, and the high concentration of international customers are integral to the overall success of IACF. Each country represented brings its own character and adds to the variety of items available at the fairs, making the events real hubs for international trade in Antiques & Collectables.

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers 

Grant Nicholas of IACF took time to speak to and gather some insight from a few of the loyal buyers who return to Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair year after year.

Charlotte Whitenight has been visiting Newark for more than 20 years. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Charlotte left her career as a Social Security Manager to pursue an occupation that embraced her love of antiques.  Together with her friend and fellow buyer Diane Afes-Smith, from Washington DC, they are certainly 'regulars', with both of them attending an average of 3 Newark fairs a year. "We've been friends since we met at Newark many years ago." Charlotte said, "For us this is definitely the 'Big One', as far as antiques fairs are concerned - always has been." 

Charlotte and Diane usually make an extended trip - as do many overseas buyers - when they visit Europe in search of stock to sell. They also plan to take in visits to Edinburgh and France during their hunt. Charlotte commented: "The kind of things I'm on the lookout for include: silver; small boxes; and things for the garden. Anything English really. English antiques always go down well back home... We come to both days, though many of the best purchases are done on the first day. Today I picked up a beautiful Tea Caddy, tomorrow - who knows - it's always worth looking, right until the end."  Diane adds: "There is always lots of help at Newark, both from the Fair staff and the stallholders. We can always find good quality antiques, and we can usually get things for a good price."

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

A regular American antiques tour operator is called Antique Trails, organised by Flora Haller. Born and raised in England, with a working background as a travel agent, Flora is ideally qualified to arrange her tours from the New York area.  "My group of 25 were so happy - especially the dealers. I also have some collectors who regularly travel with us too, and several have already re-booked for October.  I run an all inclusive package, which is the least expensive on the market, and it seems to be going really well." Flora said. "The week long tour includes some smaller shows, which exist because of the IACF event, but Newark really is the highlight of the trip!"

Historically, the most common overseas buyers at IACF fairs were American, but recently a larger number of buyers are coming from the Far East, including Korea, Japan and Taiwan, making up to 30% of today's overseas buyers.

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

Daniel has been flying 12 and a half hours for each Newark Fair for over 25 years, to source stock to sell to his regular clients in Hong Kong, from his small shop in Taiwan. He commented: "I usually only come over specifically for Newark, and only stay for 3 nights. I have regular clients in Hong Kong and regular friends I buy from in Newark. They often contact me with things they think I might like, and I see them first thing and make a quick decision on whether to buy or not, this way I know I'm not wasting my time... Auction houses are getting more expensive, so Newark is the best chance in Britain of getting the things I'm looking for at a good price. This fair is still the best... I'm always looking for unusual items, rarity is the key and high-end, quality items always sell."

Daniel is also searching for silver items. "Silver is relatively easy to transport, and has secure pricing - it's difficult to lose money on silver."

Newark can also be a great source for Ceramics and Porcelain. Buyers from the Far East often look for Qing (pronounced Ching) Dynasty (1644 - 1911) artefacts to sell back into the 'Mandarin' market. Daniel hadn't found any so far on that trip, but had picked up some Meissen (German) Porcelain, which he knows will sell well in Hong Kong.

Europeans make up almost 55% of the overseas buyers, most coming from Belgium, Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Spain. The remaining percentage is made up of visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Russia & Egypt to name a few.  Very few parts of the world are not represented in the overseas buyers lounge!

Antiques News & Fairs - Newark is 'The Big One' to Overseas Buyers

The next Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair will be on 17-18 August 2017, and the next Ardingly Fair will be on 18-19 July 2017.  For more information, visit IACF.

Follow IACF on Twitter @IACFAntiqueFair

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