Sunday, 7 April 2013

INCOGNITO


These are the antiques fairs where we do our business, incognito for the most part - a rugby scrum of antiques dealers and keen collectors.


Hundreds of people, not much eye contact - too busy buying and selling.


The inevitable consequence of this is that we recognise many people, have many acquaintances rather than close colleagues, and, more often than not, we never get to know their names. (The fact that most men aged between 40 and 60 are called Dave, Mark or Andy does not actually help.)


Of course, we know some well - here are Jim and Jimmy...


...and here is Mr Benbow, direct descendant of the brave Admiral. Can you see a resemblance, something in the cut of his jib?


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But mostly we do not know the individual names of this motley, eccentric and interesting band of gypsies.







We therefore have a long, long list of nicknames for our fellow antiques-hunters, sometimes based on appearance, sometimes on their personality:
Mr Big Beard, Mr Grey Beard, Mr Fifties Throwback, Curly...
Mr Chatty, Sparky Mark, Lorna Doom, Ms Ennui... 
Sometimes we are a little cheeky:
The Chuckle Brothers, Brian Ferret, Peperami (he's a bit of an animal)...

You may well be wondering if our fellow dealers have a name for us. Apparently, throughout the North East, when we appear the cry goes up,


"Here they come, it's The Boroughbridge Two!"
Which is funny, because we don't live there, never have...

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22 comments:

  1. Brilliantly observed! Mr EM and I have exactly the same sort of experience whether attending fairs to buy or sell. We've no idea what our 'name' is but no doubt that's because the other dealers are scared of the wrath of the EMs if they dared to reveal it. Hahahaha.

    Love your photos by the way. Especially those half in shadow as a motif of the alternative, sometimes makeshift, world we work in. Cx

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    1. I LOVE this alternative world, don't you?

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  2. ~ It looks a splendid day, Nilly! With lots to see and I can notice it all looks very interesting, but secretly every one is looking for that item or two of treasure...hehe.....We do the SECRET ~ NAME thing too. Almost every where we travel to.....usual athletic meetings....With sporty types though....Have a happy week! Love Maria x

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    1. Perhaps we all do it Maria - or is it just we imaginative folk?

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  3. I wonder if it is just a British thing giving people made up names? I love the juxtaposition of the disabled dog travelling in the opposite direction.

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    1. It is a happy little dog and gets up quite a speed!

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  4. A wonderful collection of people, photos, stalls, quirky thoughts and lovely humour, Nilly. Love the idea of you being the Boroughbridge Two - how could you be anything else? And as Rosemary points out, that photo of the little disabled dog is absolutely priceless!

    Axxx

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    1. Yes - we like it because it makes us sound like scary gangsters when nothing could be further from the truth!

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  5. oh Nilly, this brought back so many memories of when we did the antique circuit and we knew all of our regulars by our homemade nicknames...Cat Man...B for Bus Tickets...Pensive Youth...Mr Bigtummmy...Parrotman...Petrol Hair...Billy Bouffant...I can see them all as clearly as I sit here as I did in person 10 years ago!
    I was talking to a friend yesterday about the difference twixt the antique fairs and the far gentler "vintage" ones, and apart from the general ambience being less monetary haste and more gleeful acquisition, it is the fact that you do actually make eye contact with your buyers.
    Enjoy your hunting- I do wish you lived nearer!
    xx

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    1. I'm sure we must know some of those - Pensive Youth might well be Our Fragile Friend...
      We long to move South, but duties and commitments mean we must stay put in the North.

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  6. What a lovely insight into your world nilly. The Boroughbridge Two sounds like you have been convicted of a crime and are awaiting your appeal to be heard! How strange since you have never lived there. I have anly attended one antique fair regularly but I have already got my little collection of names, french man, purple feather (you know her nilly) bottle man. My regular flea market has a lot of floating people who come and go, they get classed as newbies. We make bets on whether they will have a stall again as some people have very very high expectations. You have made me wonder what my sister in law and I are called when we do an occasional stall? x

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    1. Yes - we sound like desperados, don't we! When people ask where we're based we always say Boroughbridge as nobody has heard of our little village, that's the explanation.
      You probably know the man who invented our name - he's a regular at Tynemouth!

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  7. Love to know what my alias name is Nilly ?...... But Snap Great minds or is it dealers minds think alike I too follow this affectionate dare I say it trend of 'pet names' for our fellow dealers The Tin man (PS You know this gentleman well!) Grey haired old man (not very nice of me really is it ?) Bawtree , Mawk, Cigar man (now I know his actual name thanks to you)and a few others that I have forgotten that is until the next time our paths cross and they come into view and last but not least of course 'The Cloggies' well who could that be I wonder ? Hugs to you both now theres a clue to my identity x

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    1. Now you know Lynn - you are "Soulmate" (to one lucky man, I believe!)

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  8. Oh yes, we too have lots of characters at our local fairs with made up names, some of them nice, some not so! M x

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    1. How funny that we all do this - they're nicknames we don't know we have. I think I'd rather not know mine! (Silly old bat?)

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  9. That's so funny I make up names for other traders at fairs as well!

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    1. We are very naughty aren't we. I hope they are mostly kind names.

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  10. Brilliant post Nilly; great photo's especially of Alice through the looking glass with her white knight?

    LLX

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    1. I hadn't thought of that one!

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  11. great observations! I did spot The Borough Bridge Two in the distance at Newark..they were deep in conversation, sharing a "show and tell" perhaps? The weather was so vile there wasn't it? Did not enjoy the black dust that was blown into the marquee over the 2 days.... Mrs grumpy-dealer

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    1. Lets hope that icy weather is a thing of the past, though this morning was very nippy in York...Mrs Blue-Nose-n-Toes.

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