Organisers of the UK's Largest Antique Fairs Announce Massive Increase in Visitor Numbers

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They say if you keep something long enough it will come back into fashion! This could not be more true at the moment. As IACF, organisers of the UK's largest antique fairs, announce a whopping 25% increase in visitor numbers in general across their six fair locations.

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Shopping at Ardingly antique fair (Nr Gatwick).

We have seen considerable increases in admission gates across all of our fairs. This is a tremendously positive sign and a clear example of the gradual upturn in the industry over the last couple of years.

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs Ltd (IACF), organisers of the UK’s largest antique fairs, have announced massive growth in their fairs since the acquisition of the events in 2009. The organisers have seen an average of 25% increase in attendance across all fairs, which they believe is slightly above the growth of the industry in general.

Robert Thomas, Managing Director of IACF said: “We have seen considerable increases in admission gates across all of our fairs. This is a tremendously positive sign and a clear example of the gradual upturn in the industry over the last couple of years.”

IACF believe the trend of growth is, in part, due to the changing shape of the public’s shopping habits and their growing passion for the unique and alternative.

Television programs such as Kirstie’s Homemade Home have played a role in these changing perceptions. They encourage creativity in the home and offer interior enthusiasts opportunities to discover the extent of what is on offer at antiques events. Robert continued: “These programmes offer viewers an alternative to the norm. They present the huge potential vintage goods hold for people’s homes, and actively encourage the visiting of antiques fairs, over the traditional high street shopping excursions.”    

Antique items provide a unique, stylish option for the home. This investment in quality products, over mass produced, easily disposable consumables, is a positive trend for the antiques industry. “People are opting for quality, no longer satisfied with standard goods, that can be picked up in many stores and seen in numerous homes”, said Robert. “The seeking of these unique items is driving new customers to our events, and antiques enthusiasts are being created.”

The 25% growth since 2009 has been a phenomenal success for IACF’s fairs, and a trend which the organsiers hope will continue in the years ahead.

Robert commented: “Our first two years have gone incredibly well. We hope this growth, for both our fairs and the antiques industry in general, continues this year and beyond”.

For full details on International Antiques and Collectors Fairs Ltd and their portfolio of events which include Ardingly, Shepton Mallet, Swinderby, Newbury, Redbourn and the World famous Newark Antiques Fair please visit the IACF website: iacf.co.uk

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