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Antiques fair in Carmarthen.

THE focus of collecting in South and West Wales is now set on the next Carmarthen Antiques Fair which takes place at the United Counties Showground this weekend.

Regulars will notice that organisers Towy Antiques Fairs have brought this fair forward into October from their usual date in November as result adverse weather in recent years, but they still feel it's not too early for a little early Christmas shopping. And while these regular visitors and antiques enthusiasts will know what to expect from this long-established event, those new to antiques fairs will certainly not be disappointed.

Good oak furniture, as well as more formal mahogany items, will be offered by dealers at the Fair who come from as near as Ferryside and Laugharne, and from as far away as Colwyn Bay and Dorset and one new exhibitor will be offering a fantastic range of copper and brass. Small collectable silver items always prove popular, while ceramics of all ages are a great mainstay of the fair.

Laugharne dealers Neil and Glynda Speed have been with the fair from the very start, some 19 years ago, and this time will be showing a much larger display than usual of traditional Welsh country furniture, ceramics, and other artifacts, including several early 19th century Welsh children's chairs and a range of children's samplers.

However, it is the Carmarthen Antiques Fair's reputation for its abundance of quirky, unexpected bygones including vintage accessories and clothes, toys and dolls, post cards, nautical items, militaria, linens and Welsh blankets and coins (including this time a collection of Welsh Industrial tokens) which keep antiques enthusiasts returning time and again to this popular, friendly fair.

The Carmarthen Antiques Fair is open from 10am to 5pm on today and 10am to 4pm on tomorrow and admission is PS3.50 for adults. Further information from Towy Antiques Fairs 01267 236569
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 27, 2012
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