Dan Aldridge, who runs Chingford antiques fair, has taken over the operation of Woodford antiques and vintage fair

Dan Aldridge in Chingford antiques and vintage fair.

Dan Aldridge in Chingford antiques and vintage fair.

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A bus driver turned antiques dealer is hoping to breathe new life into a 30-year-old market.

Dan Aldridge, 52, of Oakhurst Gardens in Chingford, will take over the running of the vintage market at Woodford Memorial Hall, in High Road, South Woodford.

Mr Aldridge already runs an antique fair at St Teresa’s Hall in Station Road, Chingford, on the last Saturday of each month, where he says the top vintage perfume trader in Britain is a regular.

“Antique dealers speak among each other and share knowledge between them, so using my contacts and experience running Chingford market, and having built a good reputation, Woodford market will be a success,” he said.

The bus driver, who has been featured on Antiques Roadshow, set up his business, Lyndan Antiques and Vintage Fairs, with his wife Lyn, 52, in 2012 as a hobby and “something to do at the weekend.”

His interest in antiques started with his father-in-law, who was a silver trader.

“It brings out the Del Boy in you,” Mr Aldridge added.

“You get into the auction and you think ‘I can make a profit on this.’”

He believes new management, traders and customers will restore the Woodford market to former glories.

He said: “The market has been struggling for the last five years and I hope I can restore the once thriving venue to its former glory.”

At the Chingford fair he has seen traders selll, among other things, war medals worth thousands of pounds and vintage perfume bottles for up to £5,000.

The new venture, launched on Saturday, has 45 stalls booked and Mr Aldridge is expecting around 50 to be open on the day selling a wide variety of items.

The new market is open the first Saturday of every month.

Stalls cost £30 or £45 for two and entry is £1.50 which includes a free tea or coffee.
For more information call Dan on 07949 127 542.

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12:05pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

I think the general antique has been killed off by all the TV shows whereby people who think they have something worth a fortune are shocked to discover their items are not worth a carrot and their hopes are dashed.

A few years ago, there were numerous antique and curio shops in
Waltham Forest, but I cannot think of one now days except the one called Lot in Hoe Street. There used to be a really good one in Lea Bridge Road next to Lambs Cafe years ago. This is probably why the Wood St arcade is struggling to survive these days, years ago it was ram packed.

A friend of mine who is I high end antique dealer also thinks that dark wood items of furniture are not desired any longer as everyone has been brainwashed by IKEA, with lighter colours and easy clean surfaces. Also he says that some flats are so small these days that you cannot physically get most items in and only flat pack will do.

I note that most of the items shown in the photo appear to be bric a brac and small collect abeles, which is a different market. Years ago I remember seeing a programme on antiques where I think Arthur Negus said that only about 5% of antiques are original and unadulterated or modernised. May have been 'Going for a Song' programme with the mechanical bird tweeting in a Victorian cage.

I wish Mr Aldridge well in his new ventures anyhow and hope he does well. Will venture along to see if there are any postcards which I like to collect and other ephemera.
I think the general antique has been killed off by all the TV shows whereby people who think they have something worth a fortune are shocked to discover their items are not worth a carrot and their hopes are dashed. A few years ago, there were numerous antique and curio shops in Waltham Forest, but I cannot think of one now days except the one called Lot in Hoe Street. There used to be a really good one in Lea Bridge Road next to Lambs Cafe years ago. This is probably why the Wood St arcade is struggling to survive these days, years ago it was ram packed. A friend of mine who is I high end antique dealer also thinks that dark wood items of furniture are not desired any longer as everyone has been brainwashed by IKEA, with lighter colours and easy clean surfaces. Also he says that some flats are so small these days that you cannot physically get most items in and only flat pack will do. I note that most of the items shown in the photo appear to be bric a brac and small collect abeles, which is a different market. Years ago I remember seeing a programme on antiques where I think Arthur Negus said that only about 5% of antiques are original and unadulterated or modernised. May have been 'Going for a Song' programme with the mechanical bird tweeting in a Victorian cage. I wish Mr Aldridge well in his new ventures anyhow and hope he does well. Will venture along to see if there are any postcards which I like to collect and other ephemera. Villagecranberry
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2:48pm Tue 1 Apr 14

HassanShah1 says...

@VillageCranberry Bigot! Every article you have commented on you have preached hatred into our community. For your information its not possible to be brainwashed by a furniture store, as furniture is an inanimate object and does not possess the power to think, let alone control anothers thoughts. I do hope that you join the light side, for you have the force. If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador? — Commander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans. And bring me the passengers, I want them alive.

In summary... your a bigot.

Yours sincerely,
Hassan Shah (your arch-nemisis)
@VillageCranberry Bigot! Every article you have commented on you have preached hatred into our community. For your information its not possible to be brainwashed by a furniture store, as furniture is an inanimate object and does not possess the power to think, let alone control anothers thoughts. I do hope that you join the light side, for you have the force. If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador? — Commander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans. And bring me the passengers, I want them alive. In summary... your a bigot. Yours sincerely, Hassan Shah (your arch-nemisis) HassanShah1
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6:44pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

I do believe Mr. Shah may have been on the pipe.

I have attended the market in Station Road and did not linger. How the exhibitors make any money is beyond me as not much selling occurring.

Bric a brac about sums it up. It is a pity Margaret closed her shop, but then again a coffee shop (Neros) will always take more on that site.
I do believe Mr. Shah may have been on the pipe. I have attended the market in Station Road and did not linger. How the exhibitors make any money is beyond me as not much selling occurring. Bric a brac about sums it up. It is a pity Margaret closed her shop, but then again a coffee shop (Neros) will always take more on that site. Howard Wolowitz
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11:16am Thu 3 Apr 14

Walthamster says...

Always good to hear of a new market opening up, where people can browse and find things you'd never see in a shop. Sometimes trash, sometimes treasure! One's person's junk is another person's delightful unique find - I've bought many cheap little bits and pieces for their quirky charm.

Best of luck with this new venture, Dan.
Always good to hear of a new market opening up, where people can browse and find things you'd never see in a shop. Sometimes trash, sometimes treasure! One's person's junk is another person's delightful unique find - I've bought many cheap little bits and pieces for their quirky charm. Best of luck with this new venture, Dan. Walthamster
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2:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Walthamster wrote:
Always good to hear of a new market opening up, where people can browse and find things you'd never see in a shop. Sometimes trash, sometimes treasure! One's person's junk is another person's delightful unique find - I've bought many cheap little bits and pieces for their quirky charm.

Best of luck with this new venture, Dan.
Only, it is not new and has been there for donkey's years.
[quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: Always good to hear of a new market opening up, where people can browse and find things you'd never see in a shop. Sometimes trash, sometimes treasure! One's person's junk is another person's delightful unique find - I've bought many cheap little bits and pieces for their quirky charm. Best of luck with this new venture, Dan.[/p][/quote]Only, it is not new and has been there for donkey's years. Villagecranberry
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