Antique Fairs North Wales
‘Simply the best Antique Fairs’
Most people only associate me with the Betws-y-Coed Antique Fair but the first one that I ever organised was in Llandudno Town Hall approximately 20 years ago. It was when St. David’s Hospice was in its infancy and I organized a Fair for funds for the Hospice. At the time I was a stallholder at the Betws-y-Coed Antique Fair which I had been attending for 10 years. I then took over the reins and have been running it for the past 19 years. Originally I called myself “Bowler Fairs” as I always wore a bowler hat, but changed it to “Simply the Best” Antique Fairs.
Six years ago I decided to return to the Town Hall in Llandudno and now hold an Antique, Vintage and Collectors Fairs there on the third Saturday of the month, except in January and December.
Over the years the ever popular Betws-y-Coed Fair has seen many changes. When I first started people were more interested in buying antiques, however, now vintage and collectable items are more popular.
A Wide Range of Antiques and Collectables
In both Fairs I have a core of very supportive Stallholders who sell a wide range of Antique, Vintage and Collectables items. Including china, glass, jewellery (both fine and costume), silver, books, paintings, postcards, vintage fashion, clocks, watches, memorabilia and a great deal more. It would be nice to have a venue exclusively with antiques, sadly this is not possible but we try to make sure that we put on a good show.
Quality Items on Sale
I believe that advertising is extremely important for the success of any business also having trusted stallholders with quality items on sale. The Fairs are advertised in local papers, trade magazines, road signage (if allowed by the Council), leaflets in the Hotels and Tourist Information Centres throughout North Wales and what has in recent years become very important, through the Internet. Also the atmosphere on entering a venue is so important. Some regulars come in just for a chat and a bit of company and we try to make them feel welcome.
It’s always good to have new Stallholders even if it’s just a one off to clear the house of unwanted items. I keep the costs as low as possible. Llandudno is £20 for two 6ft tables and Betws-y-Coed £15 per table. Free tea and coffee is provided for stallholders and in Betws-y-Coed we have the use of the kitchen.
There is no designated parking for stallholders in Llandudno, but in Betws-y-Coed there is free parking in the Church grounds.
Admission: 50p per person under 16 free. A raffle ticket will be given on admission and at the end of each month a winning ticket will be drawn. The prize will be either £10 or a £15 voucher to spend in the fair. The winning number will be available to see on the 1st of each month on my web site, Twitter or Facebook page. Good luck