If you’re a collector, you’ve probably been to your local antique fair or flea market. The truth is, you can find hidden gems at almost any antique show and it takes a patient eye to recognize when you’ve struck gold. After all, that’s part of the thrill.
But what makes an antique fair particularly prestigious? After sorting through countless antique fairs from all over the world that are considered the best in their region, we’ve narrowed down the list. Based on how the items are curated, their history and age, and what makes them unique, here’s our list of the 11 most prestigious antique fairs in the world.
Newark Collectors Fair – Nottinghamshire, UK
BADA Antiques Fair – London, UK
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This fair makes our list because you can expect a curated selection of genuine antiques with BADA’s expertise to back it up. No need to worry about fakes or phonies when buying from this prestigious antique fair.
Camden Passage – London, UK
The London Silver Vaults – London, UK
If you’re a silver collector, you’ll be awestruck by the distinguished English craftsmanship of the silver found at The London Silver Vaults.
Rose Bowl Flea Market – Pasadena, CA
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It happens on the second Sunday of every month and is sure to be a showstopper for antique collectors in the area.
Brimfield Antique Show – Brimfield, MA
They hold three shows each year with over 6,000 vendors who attend. The shows are practically overflowing with goodies.
127 Corridor Sale – Addison, MI to Gadsden, AL
New Hampshire Antiques Show – Manchester, NH
With a focus on fine American antiques, this prestigious show features items like apothecary bottles and antique furniture. Collectors who have been to the New Hampshire Antiques Show deemed it to be a magical experience.
Fiera Antiqueria – Arezzo, Tuscany
Not only does it take you through the picturesque, historic city, but it also features around 500 vendors from all over Italy. You’ll find everything from Renaissance art to classical archeology to rare books. Even if you’re not an expert, just being in the markets might inspire you to take up an antique collection.
Sablon – Brussels, Belgium
Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (The Puces) – Paris, France
The Puces started in 1920 and is lovingly known as the mother of all antique fairs. It is by far the biggest and most prestigious in the world boasting over 1,700 vendors at a time.
At The Puces, you’re likely to stumble upon something amazing that you never expected, from lithographs and maps to tribal art and 17th-century furniture.
Whether you’re a gung-ho art collector or you’re simply looking for a bargain, these antique fairs are the perfect way to spend a morning. While some of these shows are certainly more prestigious than others, they all have something special to offer. What will you find?