Looking Back on the 2010 Geelong Antique Fair

May 15, 2010

Geelong Antique Fair 2010

The Main Hall (left)

The Geelong Antique Fair is one of those smaller fairs which I’ve been attending for several years, I consider it to being the after-dinner mint to the larger main course of the other fairs held earlier in the year. Why so? Let’s look at the day with a touch more depth. Oh, but before I do, you may notice the Twitter feed to the right – I was posting directly from the floor!

At this time in Melbourne, the light starts to get a little darker and the weather a little colder, making the mood of the day sublime for a good antique fair. The warmer months can be unbearable when you have to get buffeted by senior citizens while waiting in a line to inspect a jewellery display cabinet, so being shoved/punched by warmer and older bodies is actually a welcoming thing.

Lady K and I took the 1.5hr drive into Geelong quite easily, starting out early to try and beat the crowds (as we often do) and generally, the voyage was entertaining and painless. Parking at the venue was decent, though a few more signs could have been helpful for the uninitiated to try and find the town hall. One of my little tricks when trying to find an antique fair at a miscellaneous town hall in a miscellaneous town is to look for the clock-tower roof – it never fails.


Geelong Antique Fair 2010

The Main Hall (right)

The town hall isn’t the largest of those which house antique fairs in Melbourne, probably second to its Williamstown brother (more on that when I take you on an adventure to the Williamstown antique fair), so having been a good 12 months since the last fair, I was rather struck by how small it felt. Size matters, I don’t believe I have to say that here, but basically the venue was broken into two areas; the first bring the main hall and the second being a smaller room, which felt more like an office space.

Geelong Antique Fair 2010

The Smaller Room

After you pay, you walk down a main corridor and most of the human traffic go to the left (the smaller room), which was absolutely thick with people, preventing a long or decent viewing of the items for sale. Strangely enough, the main hall was rather comfortable in size, so I suppose there was a modicum of balance. There was no need for air conditioning (as previously mentioned), so the temperature was more than adequate.

Spoils of War
Much of what was for sale seemed to carry on from the previous antique fairs this year. I don’t blame the dealers, turning over old goods in this town is quite difficult, so with several fairs on in the space of 3 months can make things tricky. I usually enjoy going to these more regional fairs because of the chance of more regional dealers – the ones who can’t make it to the big ones. At this fair, there wasn’t much of that, unfortunately. There was the same dealers who have some nice things, but for some reason, they often take my knowledge of mourning and sentimental jewellery as an indication that inflating the price to around 900% will garner them a sale. Knowledge I have, but silly I’m not; after looking at a 1st quarter 19th century ring for around $800 and a typical pearl-surrounded contemporary brooch for $1500, I started getting nostalgic for eBay. I think that there are some collectors who are drawn to pieces just because they are there, but I don’t see any benefit to throw money mindlessly at things that are over-inflated. In fact, I’ll pay a tidy sum for a piece, but as long as it’s realistic and not insulting. So, dear reader, I’m sorry to say that apart from books on old teapots and cooking for the good Lady K, I have nothing to report! Oh well, there’s a lovely hairwork brooch and earring set I have my eye on, perhaps you’ll see that in a new post on Art of Mourning soon…

Incidents (punches, shoving, kicks from the seniors?)
Happy to say, not a one!

Would I Go Back Next Year?
Absolutely, this is a great little fair and I find it really unpredictable each time.

To Summarise

Geelong Antique Fair 2010

This man attacked me in the carpark

The Geelong Antique Fair is held at the time of year when Melbourne antique fairs should be held. It’s not too far away from the city, so people who live anywhere within an hour or two from Melbourne can attend and not spoil their entire day. If I wasn’t hunting for jewellery I would have been in heaven, as I saw some amazing buys for no money whatsoever – bronzes, furniture, porcelain and a remarkable seller of old militaria (never seen him before, well done!). Those locally reading this have today to get down there and relish the atmosphere and enjoy the fun, so thank you Geelong for a lovely little time and I’ll see you next year!*

*Or until I do another antiquing trip in that region (not very long at all).

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