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by Pete the Pong
Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Oil be damned.....
Replies: 0
Views: 657

Oil be damned.....

Hi there, I've decided not to bother with selling perfume oils, so if anyone is interested in buying my remaining stock them please pm me. I have 98 bottles of 10 ml Tree of Life as follows: Aphrodisia 10, Opium 6, Rose 2, Tibetan musk 20, White musk 7, Oriental musk 9, Sandalwood 17, Passion 6, Dai...
by Pete the Pong
Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Cambridge Living History & Vintage Fair
Replies: 9
Views: 5133

Re: Cambridge Living History & Vintage Fair

Hi, Can anyone tell me if there is going to be a leather supplier at the Cambridge Fayre? For various reasons I have only been to a few events last year, and I've put the incense side of the business on hold for the moment (although I have still enough stock for demonstrations). My main trade is now...
by Pete the Pong
Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Two markets....
Replies: 17
Views: 2855

Two markets....

Anyone got any views (or feedback) on the running of TORM and the re-vamped NLHF on the same days within a few miles of each other??? I was at TORM, which was an excellent event for me personally, and my impression was that the two markets were complimentary with many customers attending both. So wh...
by Pete the Pong
Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Sellers of history-related items wanted please
Replies: 4
Views: 1856

Re: Sellers of history-related items wanted please

When and where is this event planned to take place? Is it just for one day or a weekend?
by Pete the Pong
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Market Times Article
Replies: 2
Views: 969

Re: Market Times Article

I get a mention -and I wasn't even there!!!!!!!
by Pete the Pong
Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Chimera Costumes
Replies: 60
Views: 12926

Re: Chimera Costumes

Trouble is that when a relationship falls to pieces, especially one that is connected with your business it is very very difficult to keep going in the same field, as you suddenly realise how much you relied on each other. Add to that the lack of enthusiasm to keep going and building, and however ta...
by Pete the Pong
Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:16 am
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: 4 Word Story
Replies: 8509
Views: 533297

Re: 4 Word Story

A boy is worth half a man. Two boys is worth half a boy. Three boys is worth no boys at all...
by Pete the Pong
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 2846

Re: Morocco?

I can't see why we would import leathers from such a distance given that we exported leather to France and the cost differential would not have been worth the journey given the more expensive cargoes that were on offer. I was referring to the finish on the Morocco leather which I still understand w...
by Pete the Pong
Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 2846

Re: Morocco?

I can't see why we would import leathers from such a distance given that we exported leather to France and the cost differential would not have been worth the journey given the more expensive cargoes that were on offer. I was referring to the finish on the Morocco leather which I still understand w...
by Pete the Pong
Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 2846

Re: Morocco?

PS the bookbinding leather that we call Morocco is probably 18thC? But I could be wrong. Wikipedia suggests that it was certainly used from the late 16th century, so it may well have even been around earlier. Certainly the tanneries in Fez date from at least the 12th century, and they still use the...
by Pete the Pong
Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 2846

Re: Morocco?

According to Moroccan archaeologists one of the seventeenth century queens of Morocco was originally an English captive, but I have never been able to discover what her name was Might or might not be relevant, but there is a wonderful middle eastern dessert (not desert!) called Om Ali. Literally , ...
by Pete the Pong
Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 2846

Re: Morocco?

Tamzin, your links here are very very useful, especially the description of Edmund Hogan's visit to Marrakech, and meeting with two englishmen resident there, and the mention of there being other traders there. Thanks!!
If this goes any further I'll pm you.
by Pete the Pong
Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 2846

Re: Morocco?

Ooops, I've posted this in the wrong place. At least for the moment! Can a mod move it please!!!
by Pete the Pong
Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Morocco?
Replies: 19
Views: 2846

Morocco?

Has anyone know if there were any links between the UK and Morocco prior to (say) the 18th century? Any trade routes, known travellers, etc etc. Obviously there is "Morocco" leather coming up to this country, which was used a lot in bookbinding, but are there any other products known from ...
by Pete the Pong
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: NMTF letter
Replies: 1
Views: 717

NMTF letter

A letter has been sent from Head Office to all NMTF Historic Traders stating that there was a "suggestion" earlier this year that "certain commodities" would not be insured. This is a diplomatic understatement and at one point this change was the ongoing policy of the insurers, n...
by Pete the Pong
Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Historic Traders AGM
Replies: 6
Views: 1050

Re: Historic Traders AGM

Phewww...
Just received a phone call from Head Office regarding the meeting last Tuesday, and all is in order. There is now no longer a problem. There was a major one, believe me. But it's been sorted out. I'll explain everything later!!!!!! :P :P :P
by Pete the Pong
Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Historic Traders AGM
Replies: 6
Views: 1050

Re: Historic Traders AGM

Right, The AGM details are now officially Berkely Skirmish event on Saturday July 30th. at 6.30pm in "a tent near the Beer Tent". Formal agendas etc should be sent out ASAP. And many thanks to Plantagenet Events for agreeing to be our hosts. For those of you who may hear rumours about the ...
by Pete the Pong
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: how much stock do you take to fairs?
Replies: 5
Views: 857

Re: how much stock do you take to fairs?

As much as you can! It's very important visually at the end of an event to still have a decent display, and it's usually good to have a few high status items that you don't think will sell, simply because people look at them, say that's very nice but I can't afford it -then buy a cheaper item on whi...
by Pete the Pong
Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How are you finding trading at the mo ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: How are you finding trading at the mo ?

By and large I've never been busier. However, I've noticed a marked drop in the number of off the peg sales and a large increase in made-to-measure orders. What that signifies I've no idea, perhaps that people are planning their money more, rather than impulse buys, but it makes very little differe...
by Pete the Pong
Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Historic Traders AGM
Replies: 6
Views: 1050

Historic Traders AGM

For reasons that will be explained later it has become essential to delay the AGM of the Historic Trader's branch of the NMTF for a few weeks. This is now planned to take place at the Berkeley Skirmish at the end of July, instead of Tewkesbury as in the past. Formal notices will be sent out ASAP!
by Pete the Pong
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How are you finding trading at the mo ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: How are you finding trading at the mo ?

I've personally shifted policy in that I now am very cautious of events where I am not pretty well certain are going to be profitable. The massive increase in the cost of fuel over the last few years means that the further away from Norfolk a show is, the less likely I am to book in. First priority ...
by Pete the Pong
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tewkesbury update
Replies: 8
Views: 1363

Re: Tewkesbury update

I'm going to have to give Tewkes a miss this year, Sad, yes, but it's a very long way from Norfolk and with things as they are at the moment (cash flow problems and the current price of diesel), as Kelmarsh is the following week then paradoxically if I make a profit at Tewkesbury then I won't have e...
by Pete the Pong
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: problems with Ireland?
Replies: 8
Views: 1938

Re: problems with Ireland?

Hmmm... Hate to say this but are these possibly "scam" orders, pretending to come from all over the place, but in fact international money laundering schemes. I've had quite a few of those (none from Ireland incidentally), my favourite being from an address in Cairo. When I told them that ...
by Pete the Pong
Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Demonstrators who can work on hardstanding
Replies: 7
Views: 1116

Re: Demonstrators who can work on hardstanding

My trading tent is fine on hard standing, but would need to have weights to hold the guys if there was a strong breeze. Would anyone be able to provide the weights (as at Stockport where the stalls were weighted down)? Otherwise, maybe I should invest in some.
by Pete the Pong
Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Kelmarsh contact
Replies: 1
Views: 626

Re: Kelmarsh contact

Who do I contact to organise trading at kelmarsh? Your contact is: Catherine Miller-Gough Events Assistant North English Heritage 37 Tanner Row York YO1 6WP Phone Office 01904 601876 Mobile 07917 053348 Best contact her fairly quickly as the Traders Application Forms for 2011 have already been sent...
by Pete the Pong
Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Archers A New Society
Replies: 42
Views: 7216

Re: The Archers A New Society

Honourius III wrote:Hi Peter
Great Idea. Count me in, ex T Mobile member.
John

It's James of Fairbow Trading who has come up with this fantastic plan, not me!!!
by Pete the Pong
Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Archers A New Society
Replies: 42
Views: 7216

Re: The Archers A New Society

great idea, contrsuctive criticism is you don't know reenactors. i thought about doing something similar for all gunners years ago Yup, we are all individuals, and the old phrase "herding cats" applies, as always. But the big difference between Archery and Guns is that err... to me at lea...
by Pete the Pong
Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Dropping the Ball
Replies: 12
Views: 1535

Re: Dropping the Ball

My way (with the books) is to never take a deposit -but then 100% payment on delivery. Therefore in order to survive, and be paid, I have to be able to present the client with the goods before I get the cash. But then I have the advantage that if the client does not like the book, or decides against...
by Pete the Pong
Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:38 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Cheques
Replies: 8
Views: 1453

Re: Cheques

Having said all this, I (personally) don't think that we have too much to worry about. We are far too specialised and virtually all of our customers genuinely want our products and are prepared to pay for them honestly. In the last 38 years of trading (yup, that long :sweat: ) I have only ever had t...
by Pete the Pong
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: New Trader
Replies: 34
Views: 4336

Re: New Trader

The main thing to remember that this is "friendly fire" :? Where you resell good bought from a wholesaler (or a manafacturer) you are in direct competition price wise from anyone else who knows the same source. When you produce your own goods, its very simple. You charge what you know it's...

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