In Memory of Collecting

One of the things I love most, next to educating the world about the virtues of mourning jewellery, is informing people to go to your nearest antique fair and spend as much money as you possibly can! Being a lad who is situated in Melbourne, Australia, I have an obvious slant towards advertising the fairs nearest to me (if you have any nearby, let me know and I’ll post them on the blog).

This weekend is ‘The Way We Wear Fair’, which is one of the best, or dare I say, bespoke fairs that I go to. It caters to jewellery, clothes and antique/vintage fashion. Yes, I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some mourning/sentimental magic there.

So, if you live within a good drive of Williamstown, why not come along? I’ll be there, Tweeting from the floor, no doubt, and enjoying the moment. We can catch up and antique together if you like. See you tomorrow!

Admission Costs
Adults $12.00, Concession/Child $10.00 (10+), Family $30.00
Fair Hours
Saturday 19 November 10am-5pm , Sunday 20 November 10am-4pm
Venue
The Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, Victoria
> Link to Website

Another year and I can’t wait to discover new treasures. If you’re in the Melbourne area, come along and we can do some treasure hunting together:

MELBOURNE ANTIQUES FAIR brings the best expo of antiques and fine art to the traditional home of Melbourne’s Antiques Fairs – Malvern Town Hall in the leafy inner east.

This quality Fair presents antique furniture and décor, works of art (portraits, oils, watercolours), original prints & maps, Australiana, Art Deco, clocks & timepieces, bronzes, lamps, sterling silver, ceramics & glass, antiquities, jewellery and rare objects.

Choose eclectic objects to reflect your personality. Meet enthusiastic experts who know what today’s collectors are looking for. Start collecting!”

Gala Preview
Thursday, June 9, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Friday, June 10, 10.00am-7.00pm
Saturday, June 11, 10.00am-5.00pm
Sunday, June 12, 10.00am-5.00pm
Monday, June 13, 10.00am-4.00pm

Parking: On Street parking.

Transport to the door by tram to Cnr Glenferrie Rd & High St: Route 6, Stop 44.

Here comes the big one! I’ve been saving money for this little adventure, so I hope to be Tweeting from the floor about my experiences, follow me and enjoy the ride. If you’re in the area, come along and let’s discover some treasure together!

12th-14th – Ballarat Antique Fair, Wendouree Badminton Centre, Wendouree, VIC

It’s going to be a busy weekend for those in Melbourne, so I hope you have a car and a lot of dosh.

Coming up is the Maryborough Antiques & Collectors Fair, at  Neill St, Maryborough, VIC, 5th – 6th of March! If you travel up there, go to Station Antiques and have a fabulous lunch, their regional nosh is delicious.

Feeling like finding some treasure? Then get ready for the Maldon Antique and Collectables Fair (which I do believe to have some wonderful regional dealers). If you’re in the state of Victoria, come along!

19—20 Feb 2011
Frances St.
Maldon VIC 3463

An up and comming event, quickly becoming the “must attend” of the antique fair calender.Held over 2 days on the lush grassy surface of the Maldon Footbal oval, over 120 stalls offering antiques and collectables from all over Australia. public addmission just $2 kids free,opening hours 8.00am till 5.00pm.Stall holders $75 with FREE CAMPING on site. great public and stall holder amenities, ATMs in town ample parking lots to see and do plus and antique fair, to boot

Further Details: www.maldoncollectables.com
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.

Venue

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).

With a name like the ‘Great Collector’s Heaven Fair’, this one has to be good, right? If all things go according to plan, I’ll be there and see if there are any treasures:

GREAT COLLECTORS HEAVEN FAIR
Sunday 16th May 9am – 3pm
Malvern Town Hall
Cnr Glenferrie Road & High Street Malvern Victoria

Listen up all you older lady jewellery collectors of Melbourne! It’s that time again to get your elbows ready and get set to start shoving short, effeminate, jewellery historians away from cabinets because the Geelong Antique Fair is on this weekend!

I’m considering hiring body guards for this one…

See you there!

Geelong Antique Fair

Pakington Street Geelong West Victoria Australia. View Map
Telephone: 0409 960 041
Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm

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