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BADA fair: play the long game

Days of visitors rushing in and buying everything give way to more considered approach

Slow and steady. That, dealers reported, was the general course of sales at the recent British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) fair.

“The days of people rushing through the doors and buying everything they can are over,” said Tim Wilson of Early Oak at Wysdom Hall during the event, which ran from March 14-20 in Chelsea’s Duke of York Square.

“It’s a different way of selling now. Buyers come in, go away and think, come back and talk about objects and measure them.”

Wilson is not lamenting. He sold throughout the event, witnessing sustained interest in furniture and works of art. The tapestries were also popular (“I’ve given dimensions out for them every day,” he said) and the largest went shortly after the event closed – the buyer spotted it on Wilson’s stand but had to go home and measure his available space. As a whole, the fair went “better than expected”.

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