Experts and celebrities buy five items at Chingford fair

Antique expert Danny Harper with fair owner Danny Aldridge

British broadcaster and journalist Dame Jenni Murray looks for little gems among the stalls

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The owners of a new vintage fair has spoken of their pride after completing the filming of a BBC TV show.

Lyndan Antiques and Vintage Fair, in St Teresa's Hall in Station Road, Chingford, was founded in 2012 as a hobby by Danny Aldridge, 53, a former bus driver, and his wife Lyn, 52.

The fair, run on the last Saturday of every month, is now to feature in the new series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, which is due to be aired later this year.  

Experts Danny Harper and Christina Trevanion from the hit BBC programme spent the afternoon with special guests Dame Jenni Murray and Oona King browsing the fair and buying up valued items. 

The Aldridges, of Oakdale Gardens in Chingford, described the TV show as a massive boost for the business.

Mr Aldridge said: "The hardest thing ever setting up a fair from scratch is getting the footfall so to appear on a prime-time antiques programme is gold dust. 

"Personally, the recognition and fact they spent hours filming and buying items is just brilliant."

Mr Aldridge said five items were sold to Mr Harper and the celebrities, including a bronze figure, a silver pendant, and an old Victorian hand-painted champagne bottle. 

He described the bargaining process as tough. 

Mr Aldridge added: "They twisted dealer’s arms up their back quite severely.

“In all honesty, it is not that easy to find stuff at fairs and make a profit at auction, especially if they've originally been bought at auction. 

"They walked away with a few bargains." 

Regular stallholders at the fair include dealers specialising in vintage perfume, Moorcroft pottery, medals and Masonic items. 

The couple recently took over the running of a 30 year-old vintage market at Woodford Memorial Hall, in High Road, South Woodford. 

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11:27am Wed 30 Jul 14

roundthetwist says...

Not the best endorsement for the Chingford fair?

“In all honesty, it is not that easy to find stuff at fairs and make a profit at auction, especially if they've originally been bought at auction. "

Better of cutting out the middle man and buying direct from auction.
Not the best endorsement for the Chingford fair? “In all honesty, it is not that easy to find stuff at fairs and make a profit at auction, especially if they've originally been bought at auction. " Better of cutting out the middle man and buying direct from auction. roundthetwist
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10:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

lyndan antiques says...

In response to roundthetwist's comment I would just like to point out a few small inaccuracies and slight misquotes in the Article
1 The experts name is David Harper not Danny
2 My address is incorrect
3 The Fair is An Antiques/Vintage Fair not a Vintage Fair
4 6 items where bought by the experts not 5
As for the Misquote "Its not easy to find stuff at fairs and make a profit at auction especially if they've originally been bought at auction"
I actually said Dealers source their stock in many ways sometimes from Auctions, most dealers would not knowingly sell something at a fair that he could sell for more at auction. Baring in mind Auction Fees and Taxes, paid by both buyers and sellers.
That said there are bargains to be had, The experts found 6 items that they felt they could sell for more at auction than they paid for them.
I think it proves the point there is bargains to be found at fairs up and down the country as proved by programs like Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. Why not pop along to the Chingford fair last Sat of each month' or the Woodford Fair 1st Sat of each month and judge for yourself.
In response to roundthetwist's comment I would just like to point out a few small inaccuracies and slight misquotes in the Article 1 The experts name is David Harper not Danny 2 My address is incorrect 3 The Fair is An Antiques/Vintage Fair not a Vintage Fair 4 6 items where bought by the experts not 5 As for the Misquote "Its not easy to find stuff at fairs and make a profit at auction especially if they've originally been bought at auction" I actually said Dealers source their stock in many ways sometimes from Auctions, most dealers would not knowingly sell something at a fair that he could sell for more at auction. Baring in mind Auction Fees and Taxes, paid by both buyers and sellers. That said there are bargains to be had, The experts found 6 items that they felt they could sell for more at auction than they paid for them. I think it proves the point there is bargains to be found at fairs up and down the country as proved by programs like Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt. Why not pop along to the Chingford fair last Sat of each month' or the Woodford Fair 1st Sat of each month and judge for yourself. lyndan antiques
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