Time to go retro at Old Courthouse


Whether it’s  vintage clothing, cooking, antiques, jewellery, plants or old-fashioned games you’re after, the National Trust’s Vintage Bazaar on March 29 is the place to be.

The trust’s Illawarra-Shoalhaven branch is running the bazaar at the Old Courthouse on Cliff Road, Belmore Basin, from 10am until 4pm and the proceeds will support the trust’s work of heritage advocacy.

The bazaar will be bigger than last year’s event, which was affected by poor weather. There will be 15 stalls, plus some vintage cars on display from South Coast Vintage Car Club. Stallholders include Circa Collectables, Recycology, Cinderida Bygone and Bowerbird Vintage from Sydney, as well as the Illawarra’s Hairlooms Jewellery and McCarthy antiques.

The trust’s  Berrima property Harper’s Mansion will also run a traditional plant stall and there will be an old-fashioned cake stall, books and handcrafts. 

Visitors can dress in vintage costume and have their photos taken by Rhiannon Bannenberg. A quail expert will be on hand to tell visitors about  the benefits of keeping quails.

National Trust Illawarra-Shoalhaven chairwoman Meredith Hutton said they were hoping the weather would be  better this year with a bigger crowd.

‘‘We are planning for  it to  be an annual thing,’’ she said.

‘‘It will evolve as interests change but our idea behind it is to showcase some of the local produce being prepared in the traditional way. We’ve got some lovely old cars for people to look at. It provides a stepping stone into history.’’

Stuarts Coaches will be bringing a busload of people from Nowra.

‘‘It’s a very casual, fun day for people and draws attention to the work National Trust does,’’ Ms Hutton said.

Entry is free. Devonshire teas and hot dogs will be available.

Information: 42274614 or email nt_oldcourthouse@bigpond.com

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