Last Saturday was the first Saturday in the month, which can only mean one thing, a postcard fair at Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
I have been going to this fair on and off for many years, at least ten years I would think. It is usually held on the first Saturday of every month, but not always (yes, my brother and I have been caught out in the past).
It is held at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, West Sussex between 10.30am and 4pm, but check with the fair organiser to make sure. The admission is just £1.00, and for that you get the opportunity to browse through (and buy) thousands of postcards, from somewhere in the region of twenty or so different dealers.
A large proportion of these dealers specialise in Sussex and the south-east of England, although most have a selection of subject cards and a smaller selection from a wider geographical area. Naturally it is the Sussex cards that I am mainly interested in, both for my main collection and to illustrate my family history.
Last Saturday I came away with seven cards, which is more than usual, but it probably reflects the fact that I spent longer there than normal. Five of those cards have a family connection, which you will probably be seeing in the next couple of weeks. The other two I got because they appealed to me (places I have been walking) and they are also both possible contenders for the upcoming Festival of Postcards.
If you live in the UK and want to find a postcard fair near you then check out the list on the Postcard Traders Association website.