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Newark Antiques Fair offers that something different for Christmas this year

By: Dan Churcher d.churcher@newarkadvertiser.co.uk

Published: 15:32, 02 December 2021

Updated: 13:30, 15 December 2021

Looking for something different to buy that special someone this Christmas? Well Newark Antiques Fair might have the answer.

The two-day fair began today (Thursday) and continues tomorrow at Newark Showground.

A familiar face in antique expert and artist David Harper was there today and he'll be there tomorrow too.

Antiques expert David Harper and Emma Martin, of Emma Martin Interiors, Nottingham. (53476960)

You can join David throughout the day on iacf Instagram Live to discover what he finds.

The fair is the largest of its kind in Europe and regularly attracts thousands of antiques collectors, vintage enthusiasts, interior designers, new home buyers and anyone simply looking for ethical and stylish goods.

Tony Meola, of A&G Meola Furniture. (53476956)

David told the Advertiser today: "I love Newark (Antiques Fair).

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"It's like my natural environment —an animal from the jungle, put back in the jungle.

"It's always exciting — like a treasure hunt. You never know what you're going to find.

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"There's always such a good feeling about the place, a good vibe and a cool atmosphere.

"I love positive people who love what they do. What I love is that it's good fun."

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David said the fun was something that the punter could buy into too and it didn't matter if you were a beginner because the stallholders were experts in their own right and keen to pass on their knowledge.

Asked what he'd picked out today, David said he'd seen a lot of art.

"Art is almost like the last thing that people think about or are most frightened of."

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He said he termed the art that was often mass produced or in galleries as 'Allowed Art', but at an antique fair there was the chance to buy something rarer and edgier for the home for a fraction of the cost.

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With this fair being the last of this year, interior designer Emma Martin, of Emma Martin Interiors, Nottingham, said that the fair offered great opportunities for Christmas presents that were different whether it be art, jewellery, furniture or vintage clothing.

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Head to https://www.iacf.co.uk/newark/ for entry information.

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