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SHEPTON FLEA & COLLECTORS MARKET ON A ROLL
With the arrival of the vintage home and fashion juggernaut, the well established Shepton Giant Flea and Collectors Market is now bursting at the seams as more exhibitors appear to make the most of the huge audience of visitors from across the UK and Europe.
Organiser Sue Ede told : “This has been our busiest year yet. We have stallholders arriving from Yorkshire, London, Norfolk, Cornwall and even Brittany. The fair has a reputation as a paradise for bargain hunters who know what they are looking for. It is now a haven for vintage lovers, it’s the place to come hunting for 20th century collectables.”
The fair attracts a large trade following who are in the queue from 7 am eager to scour stands inside and outside. Sue said she recognises some of them from her some of her other events around the UK and will no doubt expect to see some of them in the early queue at Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair when she launches her first event in March 2013 having recently acquired the famous fair from veteran dealer/organiser Robin Coleman.
One exhibitor, Geraldine Shepherd from Gloucestershire who specialises in vintage textiles, has watched the fair becoming busier than ever in the past year, said “It’s a great place to buy new and sell old stock and you meet such a diverse group of people. I look forward to every fair.”
With two dates in high summer – Sunday 15 July and Sunday 26 August and an autumn event on 7 October, the year ends with a Christmas bonanza event on Sunday 9 December 2012.