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A Gathering for People After the Queen's Head
Back in February my dad was stopped from going to the bi-annual stamp convention due to that annoying thing called work. But because I am the most wonderful daughter in the entire world, he did not miss out entirely. My excursion to the Business Design Museum in Islington meant that I could buy the exclusive Stampex Spring Smiler Sheet needed for his collection.
Now Autumn Stampex 2014 is about to commence; lasting for four days between the 17th - 20th September, it is unfortunately on Dad's work days again. Will the most fabulous daughter in the world have to come to the rescue once more?
Entry is free, and also includes a free postcard and free exhibitor catalogues from the front desk. Last year I made the mistake of grabbing everything in sight, and to quote Blackadder, it left me feeling like 'an asthmatic ant with heavy shopping'. I recommend only taking a few catalogues from the business you are really interested in, and I suggest getting them on the way out rather than the way in, so you are not laden down.
There will be over a hundred stands providing something for every type of collector, whether you are after smilers, first day covers, or black penny stamps.
If you have any young philatelics-in-training, who can't wait to inherit your collection, you can get them started with their own. Stamp Action is an activity area for children, and even holds its own auction. They have lots of fun games and competitions, kid themed stamps, and a stamp club they can join.
In the spring event there were billboards tracing the history of stamps, which is interesting to read. This year will showcase displays by the German & Colonies Philatelic Society and a full ABPS National Exhibition. On the last day, Autumn Stampex will hold Specialist Society Meetings. More details will be available soon.
Some of the stall holders include Stanley Gibbons, Thematix, Royal Mail, Cover Story. A pop-up Post Office will also be open if you need to send anything off.