Antique Fairs North Wales
Betws-y-Coed – Antiques Atlas
‘Simply the best Antique Fairs’
Most people only associate me with the Betws-y-Coed Antique Fair which I have been running for 20 years and prior to that a stallholder for about 10 years. However 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 which was a great success and most enjoyable. At the time I was a stallholder at the Betws-y-Coed Antique Fair so when the organizers retired I took over the reins and have been running it ever since. Originally I called myself “Bowler Fairs” as I always wore a bowler hat, but changed it to “Simply the Best” Antique Fairs.
Eight years ago I decided to return to the Town Hall in Llandudno, I no longer organise this Fair and gave it over to the ‘Happy Faces’ charity who hold an event there once a month
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. Also good quality costume jewellery has replaced the attraction of fine Victorian items.
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. Come and join us to sell your unwanted items that seem to be taking over in the house, less hassle than eBay and more fun. !! That’s how I started doing Antique Fairs about 30 years ago!!
There is no designated parking for stallholders in Llandudno, but in Betws-y-Coed there is free parking in the Church grounds.
Betws-y-Coed 50p per person under 16 free.