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Vintage fair goes virtual

Vintage fair goes virtual

Saturday 15 August 2020

Vintage fair goes virtual


A group of local vintage collectors and enthusiasts aren’t letting lockdown stop them from buying and trading quirky finds from times past.

Starting in 2007, the St. Aubin Vintage Fair has grown to be the largest antique, vintage and collectible fair in the Channel Islands, selling items dating back to the early 1900s.

They commonly sell items such as ceramics, jewellery, furniture and clothing. 

Normally, it is held on the last Saturday of every month at the St. Aubin Parish Hall but physical distancing measures have prevented gatherings from the 28 March.  

Their Facebook page was first launched in 2012 in an attempt to better publicise the events, but now the entire fair has been moved online with sellers photographing their various items and posting them with descriptions and pricing details.

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Pictured: Sellers are photographing their various items such as paintings, antiques, household items and posting them with descriptions and pricing details.

Husband and wife Arthur and Sue Falla help to organise the fair, in which over 100 different stallholders take part - some in every fair, some others only occasionally.

The majority of their items come from the stallholders' own collections, tracked down in auctions and antique fairs, whilst Arthur and Sue often find some interesting items of their own in France.

Mr Falla said that the pair have been "very pleased with the response" since launching the fair online 10 weeks ago. 

"We hope to restart the fair at St. Aubin as soon as possible, but in the meantime we are reaching new customers through the virtual fair." 

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