May and June are always exciting times for collectors in the UK. There is always a wealth of antique fairs, country shows and country house content sales and there are many opportunities for the serious collector to increase their collection with an extra piece or two. If you are not loaded with cash you will still be able to find many bargains at the antique shows and fairs and it is always worth checking out you local auction house. You could furnish an entire house from top to bottom for a fraction of what it cost you to buy from the High Street, especially as quite a number of auction houses are including new furniture in their auctions, having struck deals with local furniture sellers.
If you are in the UK you should visit the International Trade and Collectors Fair at Newark. It is on every other month and always on a Thursday and Friday – the next one will be 9th-10th of June. The fair is huge and you can literally get anything. Look out for the stall selling French linen fabrics, they are fabulous and the stall holders are friendly and helpful. If you have a thing for far away place you should visit the stall selling antique leather suitcases and trunks – they are divine, if rather expensive.
For the collecteors of glass there is a fair in Kensington Town Hall on 12 June. Here you will find Art Deco pieces by Lalique, among others. There will also be mid century designs and contemporary glass.
The current fashion seems to be for anything vintage, Kath Kidston has built an entire business around it. There will be a vintage bazaar at Henley Town Hall, Henley-on-Thames on 18 June which will feature fashion and homeware – a very good opportunity to get your genuine 1950s prom dress.
Quite apart from the big fairs and events it is also worth checking out small local events. May villages have events, table top and car boot sales at this time of year and there are many bargains to be had for the collector.