New Road Brighton Vintage Market
A new vintage market debuts on Brighton’s New Road next month, bringing 50 vintage traders plus independent food vendors to the pedestrianised heart of the city. Organiser Katrine Palsager is no newbie to the vintage event scene, though, having run the popular summer vintage festival Firle & Country for the past five years. Here she tells us what to expect from The New Road Vintage & Collectors Market.
Tell us about your background in vintage and events…
Firle Vintage Fair was born in 2012 out of a life long passion for vintage and antiques. My father was an antiques collector in Denmark and I now run my business with my family, so you could say it’s in our blood.
The event started with 30 stalls in Firle Place and each year we have expanded. Our network is now quite extensive; we work with over 300 specialist vintage traders, traditional craft people, artisan food producers and vintage car enthusiasts who sell a broad selection of vintage wares from midcentury furniture, haberdashery, French décor and homewares, classic junk, retro and bohemia fashion. Collectors and festival-goers visit us from all over the UK just last year 15,000 people came our to beautiful setting at Firle Place.
We run another festival called JOY. That launched in 2016 and has more contemporary, foodie and live music flavor; something for everyone.
How long have you been planning the New Road market and why is now the right time?
The market is a concept we’ve been thinking about for quite some time we’ve been in discussion with the local council for about a year. The appetite for vintage in Brighton remains healthy and with our event experience and the support of Brighton and the council we think this is a good time to introduce a central market that will hopefully be loved by the community.
Why did you choose this location?
New Road is in the heart of the city and it really does seem to have established itself as an outdoor festival location. The pedestrianszed open space makes it a great place to gather to enjoy the stalls, food and entertainment. Other Brighton festivals such as the Brighton Food Festival, the Fringe and Great Escape regularly host events and performances here – it’s got real spirit!
How will the market differ from other vintage markets in the city?
The New Road Vintage & Collectors Market it will be a mixture of handpicked specialist vintage traders and artisan food stalls. We want to create the classic hustle and bustle of a city market. The market will run five weekends in the year between March and November, with a seasonal change to stalls depending on the time of year.
How many stalls do you have for hire and what decades will stock cover?
It’s not as expansive as the grounds of Firle Place, but we still hope to bring a total of 40-50 different stalls. Stalls will offer stock from the turn of the century right through to the 1960s and ’70s.
Are you still looking to fill these? If so, are there any particular types of traders you’d like to attract?
We’re always looking out for new and interesting traders. I hand-pick the stalls myself at Firle so there is a lot of consideration that goes into making sure there is a range of options for everyone. We pride ourselves on the diversity we offer and want to showcase the very best quality of vintage products.
Will the market still go ahead if it rains?
Of course, nothing can put a dampener on Brighton! Because it’s in the centre of town not so much mud to contend with either which is a definite perk!
The New Road Vintage & Collector’s Market will run 11 & 12 March, 22 & 23 April, 22 & 23 July, 23 & 24 September and 25 & 26 November 2017. For more information or to enquire about booking a stall, email firstname.lastname@example.org.