News

Delectable collectables at antique fair

SWORDS, sieves and silverware were just three of thousands of items for sale at the Lismore Antiques and Collectables Fair in Goonellabah on Sunday.

Collectors and window shoppers alike all took advantage of the travelling fair which brought dealers from throughout the country to gather in the Northern Rivers for the second time this year.

"It all started when my three sheds got too full and you-know-who [my wife] wasn't so happy about that," joked Ian Nicholson, stallholder from Hendra in Brisbane as he unpacked yet another box with a Royal Doulton rabbit inside and placed it on the table at his tightly packed stall.

"One thing comes after another and you sort of just have so many things you need to start selling them."

Mr Nicholson said once he started doing the fair circuit he began swapping pieces with other dealers and that was how his collection became predominantly fine China and figurines.

"It's a lot of word of mouth," he said.

While there were plenty of women looking at beautiful brooches and silver jewellery, there were just as many men looking at war memorabilia for their pool rooms.

There were a few husbands getting their arms twisted into buying furniture too.

One man who has watched husbands and wives debate over second-hand kitchen cabinets and French polished tables for the last 30 years is Brenton Kinnear from Toowoomba.

"I tend to travel around to all these fairs because even if I don't sell anything, it's good promotion for my store in Toowoomba," he said.

Mr Kinnear said some of the furniture he sold was from as early as the 1920s and was made with materials that were far superior to those used now. "I think over the last few years people have started to understand it's better to buy one quality piece that will last a lifetime rather than having to keep buying the same thing over and over," Mr Kinnear said.

"I restore all the pieces myself and I really enjoy that part of my job."

The fair didn't just support stallholders yesterday. All entry fees went to the Endeavour Foundation - one of the largest non-government disability service providers in Australia that aims to provide similar opportunities for people with disabilities to those enjoyed by able-bodied folk.



PHOTOS: Beef Week's breakfast with the butchers gets cooking

Max,3, and Sophia,4, Gooding from Casino at Breakfast with the Butchers at Casino Beef Week.

This morning the BBQ's were running hot in the Casino CBD

Health authorities respond to fresh claims against hospital

Lismore Base Hospital.

Mum alleges "third world treatment" of baby

Ballina tops region for poker machine profits

undefined

Pokies pulled in more than $6 million in profits in three months

Local Partners

Paralympian's inspiring Beef Week talk

RESILIENCE and determination were key topics of discussion over morning tea at the Casino Beef Week Ladies High Tea yesterday.


Mandy and Ellen will be just women like us in Nimbin

DUO: Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their hit show Women Like Us to Nimbin.

Hit comedy show heading towards Nimbin

Chicago comes to Bangalow

CELL BLOCK TANGO: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in a scene from the 2002 film Chicago.

The next production by Bangalow Theatre Company

A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Mandy and Ellen will be just women like us in Nimbin

HIT comedy show heading towards Nimbin.

Chicago comes to Bangalow

CELL BLOCK TANGO: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in a scene from the 2002 film Chicago.

The next production by Bangalow Theatre Company

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Wild and unknown from Sara Tindley

SONGS FROM THE HEART: Singer Songwriter Sara Tindley.

Local singer songwriter unveils new album

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!