Ultimate treasure hunt at Kiama antiques fair 

Antique lovers fossicked through a treasure trove of tobacco tins, military swords and old coins at the weekend as they searched for a one-off buy at Kiama Rotary's annual antiques and collectables fair.

The popular event, now in its 22nd year, attracted hundreds of avid collectors who were keen to snatch up items from regional, interstate and city antique dealers.

Kiama Rotary member John Worstencroft said the fair was the primary fund-raiser for Kiama Rotary and hoped to bring in around $12,000.

The money will be donated to various Rotary charities, along with victims of the recent Tasmanian bushfires.

"Normally we don't say where the money is going to go but this year, because of the devastation in Tasmania, we just thought 'what could be better than donating some money?"' he said.

"We've been really lucky as a lot of members of the public have been putting money in the donation boxes."

Mr Worstencroft said crockery, statues and jewellery had proved popular with buyers, proving many people were still in the market for a quality purchase.

"People are still looking for something they can invest in, that will last them a while," he said.

"We've got a guy who has brought in an old cedar wardrobe - it's over 100 years old and it still smells of cedar. Something like that will last a lifetime, it's a lot different to that flat-packed furniture that only lasts a few years."

Patrons perused a wide selection of silver, china, porcelain, textiles and other interesting collectables and were also able to bring their own antiques in to be valued.

Despite Friday's hot weather, Mr Worstencroft said the fair, the largest on the South Coast, had continued to attract an eclectic patronage.

"We have some younger people who come in, people who collect crockery who are looking for specific items and people hunting for old bottles so it's a good mixture," he said.

"We have one girl from Tenterfield selling jewellery and another from Mudgee and they've been fairly busy ... people like collectables, they like something that's different."

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