Young and old descend on Kiama antiques fair

All things old were in vogue at the weekend as people wandered through the 23rd Annual Antiques and Collectables Charity Fair at Kiama.

The fair, run by Kiama Rotary Club, offered a variety of special finds under the newly restored roof of Kiama Leisure Centre, with part of the funds raised going to typhoon Haiyan victims.

Vintage furniture abounded, from a pair of chairs perfect for any committed upholsterer to a stall dedicated to Singer sewing machines, as did delicate pieces of once-loved jewellery.

Those looking for fancy dinnerware had a plethora of options, with dainty peach wine glasses, ceramic bowls decorated with Beatrix Potter characters and stacks of beautiful china all on offer.

There were a few quirky pieces available too, including a pair of ornamental wooden clogs and a '50s-era microphone.

Co-ordinator John Worstencroft estimated between 500 and 600 people had come, with exhibitors travelling from across the state.

Helen Brooks, from Koonawarra-based Antiques Forever and Eternity, said a love of antiques was starting to cross generations, with more mature patrons keen for a trip down memory lane and younger buyers eager to collect vintage pieces.

"There's TV shows like Bargain Hunt and American Pickers now, so younger people are coming to appreciate the value of these things," she said.

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