IACF’s Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair, London

H&A samples the decorative delights of IACF’s new fair

There couldn't be a more fabulous setting to browse antiques on a chilly Sunday in December than London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. The combination of such a splendid building and gorgeous antiques means that International Antiques & Collectors Fairs (IACF)’s newest acquisition, Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair, is a must for the 2015 diary.

Like other events run by IACF, this new fair is attracting both UK and international buyers. Hal R Hody (above right) regularly leaves the sunshine of California to buy in Europe. ‘I live and work in West Hollywood and import antiques and textiles for a range of clients in the interiors industry. These art deco fox terrier bookends from Tromba Antiques will be perfect for one particular client.’ With Hal was Jakub Bojarski from London, who had made his own unique find.

Carly Patterson and Tom Hicks (centre) were buying decorative pieces for the Victorian flat in Walthamstow that they recently bought. ‘We have been sympathetically restoring it and are now at the exciting stage where we are creating the finished look,’ they told me. The old Greater London map they bought from map dealer Andy Scarr (right) will have great impact.

My head is always turned by a French chandelier and the golden garland swags adorning the rim of this piece really made it worth a second look. I found it on the Sketch Interiors stand, run by Laura Harrison, who is also partial to a spot of French flair! Laura, based just outside Brighton, recently turned to trading as it complements her other work in props sourcing, event organising and theming.

First-time visitors to the fair, sisters Stephanie and Fiona Harkin were lapping up a history lesson given by trader Tony Squires who specialises in walking sticks, canes and umbrellas. There was certainly a wow factor in seeing the 1840s silk carriage parasol pop up. ‘It’s just beautiful,’ they agreed.

Matthew Seymour was on the lookout for a bargain and found success in the form of an old shoeshine box. ‘I recently started collecting shoes and associated paraphernalia and am now on a mission to track down storage and display items. With a bit of spit and polish this box should come up well!’ he said.

It was lovely to see Gary Nicholls (left) and Ramon Mensink (right) of Brocant selling their eclectic mix of weird and wonderful pieces. You might spot the look they love in our January issue feature on the home of stylist Janice Issitt. ‘Janice is one of our best customers. Many of the pieces in the feature were supplied by us,’ said Ramon.

If you fancy a guided coach tour to some of the best European hotspots for this kind of shopping, Gary and Ramon launched Brocant Experience Road Trip last year. Visit their website for more details.

Looking forward to next year was Caroline Howden, who has big plans for New Year's Eve and found just the dress she was looking for at the fair. ‘I just need to find a pair of sparkly shoes to go with this brilliantly blingy, beaded dress and I’m ready,’ she said.

The next IACF fair to take place at Alexandra Palace will be on March 8th 2015.

We look forward to seeing you at the fairs in 2015. Here’s where you’ll find the H&A stand selling magazines, subscriptions and one-off homewares.


Saturday 10th, 11am-2pm - The Northampton Vintage Jumble, St Matthews, Parish Centre, 27a The Drive, Northampton, NN1 4RY

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th, 10am-4.30pm - The National Botanic Garden of Wales Antiques Fair, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG

Saturday 17th, 11am-2pm - The Olney Vintage Jumble, The Church Hall, Church Street, MK46 4AA

Sunday 25th, 9.30am-4pm - Shepton Giant Flea and Collectors Market, The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN


Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd, 8am-5pm - Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA 

Saturday 14th, 11am-4pm - Stamford Vintage Fair, Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary's Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL

Saturday 21st, 9am-4pm - Devon Country Antiques Fairs at The Matford Centre, Exeter, EX2 8FD

Saturday 28th, 10am-4pm - Birmingham Antiques & Vintage Bazaar, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA


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