Nearly half of the attendees of the U.K.’s Fall Stampex last September did not belong to any stamp club.
This according to a 100-person survey conducted by the Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS), which organizes the biannual Stampex show and found 46 per cent of respondents flew solo—at least philatelically.
“One of the best things about stamp collecting is that it can be a brilliant way to meet like-minded people who share the same passion,” reads a statement issued by the PTS.
According to the survey, most of the people at last fall’s show were men over the age of 50. In total, 91 per cent of respondents were men, and four-fifths of them were at least 50 years old.
Perhaps most intriguing, the survey found 51 per cent of respondents spent fewer than £1,000 at the show.
More than 80 per cent of respondents said they’ll attend this year’s Spring Stampex, which opened yesterday in central London and will close on Feb. 16.
For 13 per cent of respondents, the show last fall was their first Stampex.