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The Carmarthen Antiques and Collectors Fair 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, from Georgian furniture to garden tools and Welsh pottery.

2014 sees Carmarthen-based Towy Antiques Fairs 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 two dates at the fabulous Picton Castle.


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The Essential Guide to Flea Market Shopping – Get the Most from a Visit to the Carmarthen Flea Market

Flea Markets have been popular on the Continent for many years and are now taking off here too. One of Wales’ best is held at Carmarthen Showground and is organised by veteran antiques fair organisers Robert and Carol Pugh of Towy Events.

With the next market taking place on Sunday April the 6th they’ve put together a guide to Flea Market shopping to help make sure you get the most out of your visit, that’s whether you’ve been before or you’re visiting a Flea Market for the first time.

With upwards of 100 stalls at Carmarthen (mostly undercover) it’s an exciting way to spend a few hours whether you’re looking for something particular or seeking a little vintage inspiration. You’ll find everything from retro furniture to Welsh pottery and agricultural implements. The fair is also a great place to find vintage jewellery and clothing.

Robert and Carol enjoy meeting visitors old and new at the market and based on the questions they get asked and their own experience as ‘shoppers’ they know just how to get the most from a visit.

Carol’s a great believer in arriving early: “People are often amazed by the number of stalls and the amount of things on them. By arriving early you can take your time and have a really good look around. You don’t want to feel rushed into buying something, but at the same time if you walk away from something you quite like you may very well return to find it’s been sold.”

Carol also recommends doing some research if you’re looking for something particular. Find out who the reputable manufacturers are and get an idea of how much they’re selling for elsewhere.

She’s also keen to stress however that a Flea Market is also about impulse buys: “You’re going to come across all sorts of curiosities as well as vintage items that are simply beautiful in their own right. This may be a single cup and saucer or plate. It may not be a set or be by a well-known maker but if you really like it then why not go for it.”

Robert has some great tips on getting a good deal on your purchases. He says: “Of course the Carmarthen Flea Market is a great place to pick up a bargain and all the dealers expect you to haggle but remember to be polite and this means not starting too low.”

He went on to say: “Some of our vendors work extremely hard to source their stock and especially with larger pieces go to quite some effort to transport these. They’re looking for a fair price no more, no less. Remember too that they’ll be happy to keep your purchases for you while you continue browsing. Welsh blankets may not seem heavy at first but they soon become-so after a couple of hours lugging them around!”  

You may also find it handy to bring a bag or two with you for your purchases, a notepad and pen and a measuring tape. You’ll find there are a couple locations for a sit down and a well-earned cup of tea or spot of lunch at the Market.  

The next Carmarthen Flea Markets takes place on Sunday April the 6th and then again on Sunday May the 25th between 10.00am and 4.00pm at United Counties Showground, admission for adults is £4.00. For more information, including details on exhibiting visit our website www.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 or by liking our Facebook page.

The next Carmarthen Antiques Fair takes place on Saturday & Sunday, 1st and 2nd March 2014 at the United Counties Showground, Carmarthen.  The fair is open from 10 am – 5 pm (4 pm on Sunday) and admission is £4 for adults.

All stands at the Collectors’ Fair and inside stands at the Fleas 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.

The next Flea Market is on Sunday, 6th April 2014

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Visitors please note that admission for adults will be £4.00 to all events in 2013 (this is the first rise in 10 years for the Antiques Fairs and the first increase since the Flea Markets began 5 years ago).

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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