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July 06, 2015, 08:48 PM

Views and news from the Salvo Fair tent

By Shirley Kay

Salvo Pack in the fair tent © Style Salvo

Oxfordshire, UK - The Salvo tent is always a hub at the Salvo Fair. Dealers and the press come to ask questions or to find Ruby. The public come in the tent to find out about Salvo. Who we are and what we do, sign up for the weekly eSalvo newsletter and to get general information about the fair.

We promoted the Salvo Fair and Style Salvo social media competition, for which the two winners have received one of our Fairtrade organic cotton Salvo shoppers and a Salvo Pack. It was lovely to see all the images of the fair on Twitter and Instagram, especially a few amusing ones from the dealers too.

We had lots of enquiries about the new Salvo Packs, which include 300 handy hints for buying and using architectural salvage combined with a local area directory and discount vouchers. The vouchers offer a 10 percent discount on full price stock, for a limited period only, and so far a few Salvo code dealers have joined in with this offer. The London area was particularly popular at the fair and we hope to get the whole of the UK ready for a full launch by the end of the summer.

Chatting to the public in the tent revealed they were loving the 2015 Salvo Fair and wanted more, so I was happy to tell them about the new Salvo Zones at Ardingly and Newark at the IACF antiques fairs. I enjoyed hearing about interesting reclaimed renovations and loved people's amazement at seeing large pieces of salvage for the first time such as the iconic Westminster bridge. The Tiny Salvaged Spaces exhibition was loved by all and most people wanted to take one home. Children came in to get their lollipop for finding the Tiny Salvage Spaces, as shown on the fair guide. No doubt with a little help from their parents or older siblings.

The Salvo team deal with enquiries of where to find things and how to collect or have delivered heavy items. Luckily Matt was offering a service to deliver locally and to the London area. Only a few complaints came to us mainly about the traffic, directions or signs to the fair and a few about the ladies toilets. We will definitely be working on resolving these issues for next year.

Unfortunately Gill Heriz phoned to say her car had broken down so could not attend the fair for the Woman's Shed book signing. Luckily Adam and Maria from Retrouvius kindly signed and donated sales of their book Reclaiming Style to MSF.

The tent is a great place to raise money for Salvo's chosen charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders MSF). Free Green Building, Vintage magazines and Salvo bags all encouraged people to put change in the MSF tins. The total raised in the tent for MSF was £108.50.

The dealer car boot challenge didn't happen this year. Unfortunately there were no car boots nearby. So instead we had an impromptu MSF dealer table challenge. The winner was Vintage & Architectural, with a stained glass window hanger which raised £20. A big thank you to all the other dealers that took part including Reclamation Warriors, Architectural Salvage Source, Olliff's Architectural Antiques, ARC Reclamation, Vintage Finds, Insitu Architectural Salvage, Matt Davis and Architecture & Materiaux Authentique. The total raised on the MSF dealer table, run by Linda Jordan from Vintage Finds, was £53.50.

Lawrence from, Insitu Architectural Salvage also brought along the popular old coconut shy. This year. it was run by Mike Slevin and raised another £251 for MSF. Some dealers have also kindly contributed to the MSF total raised.

Finally people really loved the old metal letters spelling out Salvo on the old maps on the Salvo tent tables. The Image was taken by Style Salvo, who could also be seen on the fair field taking more images for her reclaimed salvage renovation blog.

Looking forward to chatting with you in the Salvo tent next year.

Sara Morel, Reclaimed Woman

Story Type:  Fair Report

ID: 90045

Date Modified: July 08, 2015, 06:11 PM

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