This must be the one question every single one of us has asked ourselves at least once in our life. So when I sat down to write, this question of who I am what do I want to write what knoweledge do I want to pass on to entrall to entice and entertain you. Loomed up and gave me writers block. So here I am an ordinary person no better than you I have no fancy titles after my name my knowledge has been earned through years and years of experiance. 50 to be exact. I am a 1966 baby. Giving you a Little insight into my world of antiques fairs the organising the standing, the collecting the passion. The pitfalls the highs the lows. The mistakes good and bad.
I have been dealing from the age of around 16. I started collecting as a child of 12 from the first carboot sales. I would go along and buy costume brooches and knecklaces pretty sparkly things out of old ladies jewellery box's for 50p and less. I also took a fancy to cottage ware it was cheap it was pretty and I spent my pocket money. Most children bought sweeties I bought sparkly things. My parents are dealers so I did have a little of a head start. At the age of 16 I decided I wanted to collect something else so I sold all of my cottage ware to a lovely old lady who owned our local antiques shop. Sue Hannaway became my mentor she passed away a few years back now. I still think of her and ask what would Sue do.
With a pocket full of money and a tidy profit I decided yes this could be for me. Mom and dad allowed me to stall out with them with my own stock. I stood my first antiques fair at Stafford Bingley hall. Mrs Bowman ran the fair. It was fantastic. I was hooked and now 34 years later I am still dealing and now organising fairs myself. I had a great time I sold a massive amount of stock and bought my first piece of Monart glass with the profit. I have bought and sold many collections over the years but Monart has stayed with me. I call it my pension fund. I have a few collections which I hope to share a little of with you over the coming months.
This is me my collecting has been a major part of my life and luckily for me I had the right people in my life to help me turn a passion into a something I could earn a living off. I still have the passion for the trade and now I pass that knowledge given to me on to those that want it. I am not all knowing, all seeing I am honest and fair in all my dealings and will always give the best advice I can. I have customers who have become life long friends and dealer friends who we have been standing fairs with for 30 years. I have customers who are now dealing. So if your thinking of having a go at becoming a dealer just do it . You may even make a few pounds along the way. I hope in years to come someone will be looking back and thinking what would Vicky do.