Friday, July 04, 2008

SalvoFAIR 2008 a HUGE success

Salvo Fair, Knebworth Hertfordshire

The Salvo team would like to say a massive thank you to all our exhibitors this year, especially to those who have stuck with us year on year. Without our core pack, Salvo Fair wouldn't have made it to 8 years, and we can safely say it was a success all round this year. Roll on 2009.

This years fair was announced a huge success by both exhibitors and visitors. With 255 visitors on the trade day and 4500 visitors over the weekend. John Morfoot of Morways said "One of the refreshing things about Knebworth it the friendly and relaxed atmosphere particularly the fact that the stands didn't display items that had being doing the rounds at the usual fairs, - Newark, Swinderby & Ardingly for example, hence the wealth of unusual, interesting and "fresh" items."

It seemed that the general consensus was that all exhibitors had strong sales on the Saturday which died down a little on the Sunday although there were still many punters milling around. Peter Watson of Cox's said "We certainly had a good Saturday with steady sales all day.Seemed to be a lot of folks about. We sold everything from a sink plug to a GWR bench.Strangely ,compared to other years when interest has been minimal,we received enquiry after enquiry for the GWR benches. Sunday also seemed busy but they were a different crowd.An element of family day out, which is no bad thing but sales were not as good. Friday, trade day was disappointing for us but I know other dealers did well.In particular, one chap who annoyed the hell out of me by continually coming over to borrow SOLD stickers!"

James Morgan from Hive Antiques said "This is the third year that we have had a stand at The Salvo Fair and this year was the best one for us for us so far. This applied not only to the amount of business generated but also to the general interest shown in our antique Victorian and Dutch Delft Tiles which are a speciality of Hive Antiques.
I would also have to say that not all the bargains were snapped up on the Saturday because I was approached on Sunday afternoon by a couple who had just bought three blue and white Dutch tiles and asked me if there was any age to them. My wife and I were able to confirm that two were made around 1700 and the third around 1670 and worth (when cleaned up) over £100 - this brought a broad smile to their faces as they confirmed that they only paid £2 each for them! That is what I call a bargain!"

"What a wonderful fair, good business, weather held up and a big thank you to the Salvo team who really pulled the stops out and bought a good amount of quality customers to the fair, thank you all for a couple of special days. My sporting memorabilia lighting went down very well along with my reclaimed window mirrors with good sales. People were so surprised to see what i could turn into a lamp. The Elephant I think had more pictures taken of it than David Beckham on a good hair day. Thank you once again we will be back next year," said guy Trench from Antiques by Design.

Peter Weldon appears to have made the biggest sale at this years Salvo Fair with an order worth around £60,000 for seven replica shepherd's huts to be sited around a fishing lake for disabled fisher persons. A delighted Mr Weldon also completed last years big fair order by delivering a fabulous and huge pair of new gates to Lady Cobbold at Knebworth House, made in his Vietnamese workshops to a design matching Knebworth's existing ones across another entrance.

1 comment:

  1. Good job on your Salvo fair. keep up the good work.


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