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13th August 2020
Portobello road is still very quite. between 10 and 20 stalls on a Saturday, Fridays look to be finished for this year. Looks like the footfall is running at about 5% to 10% of usual numbers and this is when the weather is excellent. Stall holders will have to pay rent from September onwards and I assume most will return then.
The market office are doing a good job with the social distancing in street stalls, especially as rules seem to change frequently. I do not know what the rules are for the arcades, not sure anybody does, and each seem to be doing that which suits them.
Unless the situation deteriorates I will be back on Saturdays at the start of September, stall number 5. Usual times 5.45 am to around 5.30 pm. Hopefully we will get a decent run before a second wave hits, so start planning your Christmas shopping early.
I met a few of the regulars, Harry, Mike and Jack at the market last week.
You may notice my face-mask with the toy soldier design so I should be easy to spot.
A rare version of the mask is also available with the oval based figures on it.???
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I should be receiving between 500 to 1000 figures in the next couple of weeks so it will be time to re do the site and take off the pieces which have been sold.
The figures which I take to Portobello road will be updated by the end of next week. I am afraid I will no longer have the extra trays at the back of the table due to the social distancing , but will still have between 1500 to 2000 figures at the market. Do not forget if you wish me to bring any of my figures on request to the market, I will be very glad to do so.
The remainder of the site will be updated as the figures come in over the next month. I will inform you all of updates as they occur.
14th July 2020
Hi all. It’s been one month since my last update. It has been hard trying to find new stock lately. Access to contacts has not been easy but hopefully it will get easier.
The antique market is open, varies each week but about 10 antique stalls out last weekend. Hopefully now international travel has restarted it may pick up again soon. I will keep you informed when I return.
23rd May 2020. Couple of quick updates.
The Wi fi has been done in Portobello. Gas works are ongoing, the road is being dug up and hopefully will be completed before we return.
No Traffic will be allowed along Portobello road between Westbourne grove and Cambridge gardens between 10 Am and 4.00 Pm Monday to Saturday for at least 18 months, social distancing preparation for our return.
Website. Re stocking is the hardest thing to do presently. I have had some figures in and will be contacting all of you who supplied me with wants lists if I have anything for you.
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11th May 2020. Latest news website. Thank you all very much for your support and your
orders. I will get in contact with you all individually about payment and postage, but here is a rough guide to how this will work.
Payment will be via my iZettle machine. IZettle is owned by PayPal. The machine is normally used for transactions in the market, face to face but has a customer not present link. The sale amount is sent to you by sms from me. you then follow link instructions to proceed , enter your details and confirm. (you have a receipt option open to you at this time). I receive an sms saying sale has been confirmed. I at no time get to see any card details or pin numbers. This is important because if I did I would have to go through numerous forms and red tape to store peoples card details , which I do not wish to do.
I will pack, weigh postage and contact you with a final amount. I shall proceed to do all parcels via Royal Mail , recorded delivery to start with. I know a couple of you are still deciding which figures to buy, I would be grateful if you could decide by the end of the week. I will have to physically go to the post office by foot and would like to do all the parcels at once. Aim is to post next Monday 18th May.
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Harry spent 8 days in hospital and overcame the corona virus. He mentioned how he found the more simple foods the easiest to eat and was eating boiled eggs, something he had not had in a while. This is for you mate, boiled egg, bread soldiers and lead soldiers. Where to start.
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10th April 2020. Latest news Portobello Road. Due to the corona virus the last day I attended Portobello Road was Saturday 7th March 2020. The Antique/collectors area of the market is closed. Scheduled works due to take place anyway this spring, which would have shut the market , are now ongoing. At the moment we have no idea when we will be back. One would assume with the social distancing and crowds we will be amongst the last to return. The consensus from dealers I have kept in contact with is to be back anytime from the end of July through to late September. The market office have been very good and keep us updated and I will pass on any information as it occurs.
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As my regulars will know I look after my 86 year old Mother and since that day I have taken over as her full time carer. From a personal perspective I will have to sort out a system to ensure her well being before returning to work. I will keep you updated as the situation is changing all the time so definitive plans cannot yet be made. Please all of you keep safe.
16th April 2020. On the lighter side toy collecting is an extremely enjoyable hobby and personally I have made many extremely good friends over the years, especially in the toy soldier/figure game. I have a reasonable but small collection of Diecasts but a fair sized collection of lead figures. I know many of us are going through our collections now we are locked in and I recently had great fun with Harry Kemp over video on what’s app sharing the opening of figures he had just purchased and looking at our collections.
Rare figure sighted.
Rare sighting of a very unusual, certainly unique figure in Portobello road, March 2020. Although I have seen this figure before, not in this pose You normally see this figure in a much more multi coloured uniform. The figure comes with an original soundproof box. Awaiting reasonable or unreasonable offers.
Many thanks to Daniel for allowing me to put this post on . He is a true sport and
Latest news, Portobello Road.As mentioned on my homepage I am in the process of updating the site and organising asystem that I can can sell , via my site , on the internet. I have never done this before, neverbeen on EBay and do not even have a PayPal account. Up until recently I thought SEO was a rank in one of the armies from around the world.
I have spent the last month learning how to improve the website using articles and Seminars and finally have most of the stock on display. I have to balance how the descriptions in the site look between the serious collector (who would want more detail) and customers in Portobello or new collectors just starting (who would probably want less detail) In the near future figures that will appear will be the type serious collectors will be looking for.
It will take time for me to organise a system for payment, packaging a posting. This will be a gradual process as I want to get this right from the start, and as we are self isolating it may take a few weeks before this part will be up and running. Look forward to any comments via Email.
At this point I would sincerely like to thank Scott in Canada. I mentioned this to him the other day and he sent me a very long email , extremely informative with detailed points to consider for an internet business. This took time and I really appreciate it.
Thanks Scott and I note point 20 where I should link my site only to relevant toy figure sites. I will not link the site to shady gambling sites in Moldova (keep that separate for my
own use) 😳
Fun dealing in Chicago.
One of my holidays last year was a trip to the old toy soldier show in Schaumberg, Chicago
last September. My beautiful partner of 20 years, Claire (vegetarian) did not join me as she did not fancy spending days just looking and talking about toy figures 😥 I was therefore forced to spend the trip with really good friends looking at toy figures, eating steaks and
drinking beer 😀 .
Joe Saine is a good friend and dealer whom I have known for around 25 years. We were discussing some figures he had for sale but were a bit off on the price. He said that for the price i stated , I would have to come to his display room with a Mexican wrestlers mask and scare him to accept the price. Even the purchase of the T shirt was not enough.
I never give up. Scott Townsend (Cockney Scott) who was with me in Chicago, knew the situation and brought over a Mexican wrestlers mask from the USA for me. If Chicago is on this year and I can possibly make it. Watch out Joe, I am coming for you. Daniel is in the middle of the photo, I am the handsome one on the right.