Dyane Bloore takes a quick break to talk about selling collectables at the Alstonville Rotary Antiques & Collectables Fair.
Dyane Bloore takes a quick break to talk about selling collectables at the Alstonville Rotary Antiques & Collectables Fair. Cathryn McLauchlan

‘Boysy toys’ popular at antiques fair

"BOYSY toys" were a hit for many collectables fans at the annual Alstonville Rotary Antiques and Collectables Fair.

Grant and Dyane Bloore sold clocks, old phones, music boxes, weapons and war relics at their stall.

Mr Bloore said he was always interested in unusual things, but he also had a love for cars and motorbikes.

Ms Bloore said their wares were particularly popular with male collectors.

"Often antiques are directed to women so I think men enjoy browsing through our items," she said.

She said her love for the industry particularly revolved around the find.

"Going out and finding something, going home and saying, 'look what I found today, it was so old and interesting'," she said.

Stallholder Donna Barker enjoys seeing people's faces when they find the perfect item.

"I enjoy somebody finding something they love ... more so than collecting the items," she said.

Mrs Barker believes the field of antiques has changed a lot in recent years.

"Because houses are more minimal, people go for smaller items, we've noticed, rather than large furniture such as china cabinets," she said.

She sells a lot of Victorian jewellery, old sewing items and other small collectables.

"I also have this very brightly coloured cow and it's called Cows on Parade," she said.

One of Donna Barker's standout items at the Alstonville Rotary Antiques & Collectables Fair 2016 is the brightly coloured cow called
One of Donna Barker's standout items at the Alstonville Rotary Antiques & Collectables Fair 2016 is the brightly coloured cow called "Cows on Parade". Cathryn McLauchlan

"Apparently they were full-size fibreglass cows and famous artists were commissioned to paint them however they wanted.

"They did the biggest art festival and it went all around the world as an exhibition, including Sydney.

"There was this huge auction in New York and the money went to charity.

"I have got one of the small ones which they made so the public could buy them to put in their homes."

The antiques and collectables fair will continue at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre on Commercial Rd tomorrow from 10am until 3pm.

Admission is $6 and proceeds go to local Rotary projects.



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