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The Carmarthen Antiques and Flea Market draws enthusiasts and collectors to the United Counties Showground from all over the UK.  Arrive early, bag a bargain and pick up interesting additions to house and home, choose from an truly eclectic mix of collectable and household items.


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2014 sees Carmarthen-based Towy Events entering its twenty-first year of organising antiques events at the Carmarthen Showground with three dates scheduled for their flagship event two-day Antiques Fairs, as well as six dates for the popular one-day Flea Markets and an annual date at the fabulous Picton Castle.

All indoor stands at the Carmarthen Antiques and Flea must be pre-booked.  

Outside stands at the Flea can be had by turning up on the day and paying at the gate (£35).

Gates open at 7.30 am for sellers.

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Visitors please note that admission for adults will be £4.00 to all events in 2014.

Further details may be had from Towy Events 01267 236569 or for details for exhibiting, please complete the form on the "Contact Towy Events" page of this website.

The Showground Postcode is SA33 5DR, but take care, your sat nav will take you to the farm across the main road, so look out for signs to the Showground when you get to within a mile of us.                                            

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Carmarthen Flea Market Continues to be a Collectors Paradise

Summer may feel like a distant memory but the next Carmarthen Flea Market which takes place on Sunday November 16th will be the perfect place to remember summer holidays of years gone by.

Amongst the large and varied range of things on sale at the collector’s paradise will be many old postcards including the one pictured here of the ‘Llanllwch and Alltycnap Express’ from 1908.

Vintage postcards are steadily growing in popularity: we may send fewer postcards than ever but old postcards showing scenes of times gone by are widely collected. They allow you to hold a piece of history in the palm of your hand - images of the past which in many cases have long since disappeared.

Many like the one of the ‘Llanllwch and Alltycnap Express’ are also humorous. Don't forget the messages on the back too - sometimes sad, sometimes happy, and often mysterious!

Postcards became popular at the turn of the 20th Century, especially for sending short messages to friends and relatives. They were collected right from the start and are sought after today by collectors of pop culture, photography, advertising, wartime memorabilia, local history, and many other categories.

With upwards of 100 stalls at the  Carmarthen Flea Market  (mostly undercover) the next event will also be the perfect place to buy vintage Christmas presents that won’t be found on the high street. You’ll find everything from retro furniture to ceramics and agricultural implements. Vintage costume jewellery will be amongst the ‘best buys’ with a huge selection of pieces available for just a few pounds each.

The next Carmarthen Flea Markets take place on Sunday November the 16th and on Sunday December the 28th between 10.00am and 4.00pm at United Counties Showground, admission for adults is £4.00. For more information, including details on exhibiting email us at info@towyevents.co.uk  or call us on 01267 236 569. All indoor pitches must be pre-booked whilst outdoor pitches will be available on the day with set-up at 7.30am. Meanwhile keep up to date with all our news and events by following us on Twitter @TowyEvents.

Also amongst the treasures to be found at the next Carmarthen Flea Market to be held on Sunday December the 28th will be two special watercolours depicting agricultural life in the 1930’s.  Not only are these beautiful paintings in their own right, but they were specially commissioned for a collection of cigarette cards.    

The earliest cigarette cards date from 1875 and were issued by the US-based Allen and Ginter tobacco company. Many other US and then UK companies soon followed suit but it was John Player & Sons in 1893 that produced the first general interest sets ‘Castles and Abbeys’.

Each set of cards typically consisted of 25 or 50 related subjects, but series of over 100 cards per issue are known. Popular themes were 'beauties' (famous actresses, film stars and models), ‘sporters’ (in the US mainly baseball, in the rest of the world mainly football and cricket), nature, military heroes and uniforms, heraldry and city views.

The printing of cigarette cards was discontinued in order to save paper during World War II and never fully reintroduced thereafter.

These paintings will be of interest to a number of different collectors as well to visitors who will simply appreciate the quality of these watercolours.