Closed Saturday 6th May
Just a reminder that we will be closed this weekend so we can join the nation in celebrating the coronation of HM King Charles III.
See you all next Saturday!
Just a reminder that we’ll be closed this Saturday for the Bank Holiday weekend. We wish all our traders, collectors and friends of the market a lovely Easter. See you next Saturday!
Merry Christmas One and All!
A final reminder that we’re closed tomorrow for Christmas Eve but back on New Years Eve so we’ll look forward to seeing you all then.
To all our dealers, visitors and collectors everywhere: Merry Christmas!
Open as usual this Saturday!
While a train might be as hard to get hold of as this vintage postcard of the Folkestone Express (departing from Charing Cross!), the serious business of collecting goes on.
Calling at all stops from Burgeoning Curiosity to Avid Enthusiast, the Charing Cross Collectors Fair surges ahead regardless with the most fascinating ‘rolling stock’ to be found anywhere in London… See you there!
The First Collectors Market of the Carolean Era
Of course, we’re open again this Saturday and with the recent passing of Her Late Majesty, the throne falls to the former Prince of Wales, Charles III. And so the second Elizabethan age becomes the second Carolean era (following that of Charles II – that of Charles I is often known as the Caroline Age).
The date is yet to be announced for Charles’ coronation but plans were laid for the ceremony – Operation Golden Orb – many years ago and reviewed on a regular basis. This will in all likelihood be a very religious affair consecrated at Westminster Abbey.
Naturally, stamp, coin and banknote collectors will be following announcements from the Royal Mail, the Royal Mint and the Bank of England closely as our currency changes to reflect our new constitutional reality. In line with tradition, on coins Charles’ profile will face the opposite direction (left) from his predecessor. On stamps, however, the monarch only ever faces left.
CLOSED this Saturday
A reminder that we will be closed as a mark of respect this coming Saturday 17th September. We’ll reopen the following weekend.
Finding Your Niche
Becoming a world authority on anything is no mean feat. Yet it’s surprisingly easy. A general collector may have a smattering of knowledge about their pastime but once you start to specialise, it’s very easy to be the expert in your field.
Take stamps. If you wanted to collect German ones you’d be hard pressed to rival any of the existing authorities on the subject. Yet once you decide you’re going to specialise in those from the hyerpinflation period during the Weimar Republic, it becomes much easier to get a handle on all you need to know. Drill down further and restrict yourself to stamps which were overprinted with values in excess of a million marks and it’s easier still.
An expert, we’re told, is someone who knows more and more about less and less. But on their turf, you can’t beat them.
So why not pop down to the Market this Saturday and find your niche.
Very much OPEN
Not that you could ever have doubted it, but we will of course be OPEN as usual this Saturday. Those stamps, coins, military items, autographs, postcards, African ethnography, beer mats, football programs, memorabilia, antique toys, and all manner of everything else just will not collect themselves!
House of Collection
The urge to collect is one of our basic human instincts. Our brain is hardwired to recognise patterns, amassing a huge store of data against which we compare any novelty to see where, or if, it fits in.
Whether it’s coins, stamps, military patches, autographs, football programmes, African ethnography or any one of countless other collectibles, for whatever reason a certain subset of precious things will appeal to us and we have to have one. Before long, it’s two and twenty years later the guest bedroom gives up any claim to be anything other than a shrine to rare vinyl records from the sixties.
NFTs are all very well but no-one has ever, or will ever, be able to touch one with their hand. Thanks all the same but I’ll stick with my WWII Airfix models.
After our forced hiatus last Saturday, we’re pleased to say that things will be back to normal this week. So we’ll be setting out our stalls for collectors old and new. Stamps, coins, militaria, postcards and ephemera by the carload will be on show for curious connoisseurs, dedicated deltiologists and enthusiastic amateurs alike.
Every collection starts with that first purchase. So what will yours be?