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Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co – the world’s largest antiques touring company – visits with a very special guest – Richard Burgoin with Arthur Swallows Fairs. Richard, along with his wife Anna and his brother Marc are second-generation fair organizers. And with their all hands on deck approach, there is a third generation learning the ropes as well. Richard and Marc’s father, Peter, launched the first ever Arthur Swallow Fair in 1995 in a disused hangar at an RAF Airfield in Lincolnshire. Around 50 dealers attended, and it became a regular fixture growing exponentially. Even at their young ages, Richard and Marc enjoyed shadowing their father and helping out with the setting-up, lifting, and carrying, and they soon got a taste for the ‘trade.’ When they left school, they joined their father working alongside him until 2008 when he retired. They continue to host some of the friendliest fairs, markets, and shows in the country welcoming everyone from collectors, dealers, and interior designers to home renovators, props stylists, and small business owners. They also welcome families and encourage the younger generation to discover the joys of hunting for beautiful old treasures, not to mention the environmental and financial benefits.
The Burgoins take great pride in creating and running events which brilliantly serve both the trade and public, hosting everything from fast-paced, one-day markets to relaxed, three-day boutique home shows at several locations around the UK. The Arthur Swallow Fairs strongly focus on the antique, salvage, and vintage market with quality, provenance, affordability, and sustainability at the core of what their exhibitors offer. Their Antiques & Home Show held at the Lincolnshire Showground in Lincoln is especially aimed at the trade. This show is held on set Tuesdays in March, May, August, October, and December. To check dates on any of the Arthur Swallow Fairs, you can go to their website. www.asfairs.com. The Antiques & Home Show is an unmissable event for collectors, interior designers, independent retail buyers, set-designers, prop buyers, landscape architects, restaurateurs, and those passionate about creating a stylish living space. It offers visitors everything from fine antiques, art, pretty vintage, salvage, industrial, jewelry, curios, militaria, glassware, china, gardenalia to the unusual.
Another very popular Arthur Swallow Fair is The Antiques & Salvage Market which is always held on Saturday (see website for specific dates and times) at Cheshire Showground near Knutsford (just south of Manchester). Visit the beautiful Cheshire countryside for some top quality antique and salvage rummaging from around 200 excellent dealers, perfect for both the public buyer looking for unique items for your home and garden, or a trade buyer looking to restock your shop. And one mustn’t forget their Vintage Flea Markets which are held on certain Sundays at the EXO Centre at Lincoln. And to round their fair experiences out, they offer the incredibly popular Decorative Home and Salvage Shows. These three-day outdoor boutique style events are set in stunning countryside locations aimed at those who love to source beautiful pieces for the home and garden. Laid out in marquees, shopping arcades, and outdoor pitches spilling out onto the grass brocante style, the stylishly displayed stock is suitable for all from trade and home buyers to stylists and props buyers. Some of the challenges antiques dealers have faced with Brexit got Richard to reflect on and reminisce about the heyday of popularity of UK antiques back in the 1990s when his father first started the fairs, and there would be as many as 3,500 stall holders from all over Europe buying and selling antiques.
Richard began to...