The First Cranmore Park Vintage and Antiques Fair – April 2nd 2016 – near Solihull and Birmingham
I popped up to Shirley/Solihull this afternoon just to get a taste of a new antiques fair. The Cranmore Park Vintage and Antiques Fair will run three times this year, the next on July 9th and the the third on November 26th.
The venue is a large windowless hall, but well lit with plenty of space and probably around 100 stalls – which is an achievement for a first time fair. A decent amount of parking when I got there at about 2.30, although if there were an early bird rush you made need to use some of the roads in the surrounding industrial/business area. Of course there was also a tea and cake stall.
A very relaxed atmosphere and the two or three traders I spoke to and asked about it said they were having a good day and were pleased with this for a first time. Others showed their pleasure on twitter
— Fabulous Finds (@Franklyfab) April 2, 2016
It’s run by b2bevents who already have a great collection of antique and vintage traders they work with through similar fairs they run in Edinburgh (I met one trader who’d come fromScotland, perhaps also attacked by next weeks Antiques for Everyone Spring event), Detling and Malvern.
It was a very quick sprint around – I think earlier had been much busier:
— B2B Events (@b2bfairs) April 2, 2016
What caught my eye? A number of restored and working wind up gramophones were on display at about £60 each – nice gift, fun for picnic. (this one from Jason Moule Antiques – who travelled from Cambridge)
Also drawn to the strong graphics of Flamingo Vintage – a vintage clothes business based in Digbeth in Birmingham.
I was only there for about 45 minutes, didn’t spot anything I wanted to buy, although to be honest I dropped in on my way for a walk around the grounds at Packwood House. But it’s good to have a new large a varied antiques and vintage fair for the folk of Birmingham and Solihull.
Antique Fairs and Markets – First two weeks of April 2016 – within 50 miles of Birmingham