UNIQUE: Sharryn Lee from Fairmarket Antiques Centre Lismore will have pieces for sale at the Alstonville Antiques and Collectables.
UNIQUE: Sharryn Lee from Fairmarket Antiques Centre Lismore will have pieces for sale at the Alstonville Antiques and Collectables. Cathy Adams

New life for heirlooms from the past

ALSTONVILLE Rotary’s Annual Antiques and Collectables Fair is on again this weekend.

Now in its seventh year, the popularity of the fair is proof the love of antiques and vintage pieces is as strong as ever.

So, what is it that people find so alluring about items that are, essentially, second-hand?

Sharryn Lee, whose family-owned business Fairmarket Antiques Centre Lismore has been a part of the fair “forever”, said people loved having something that was well-made and unique.

“I just love everything about antiques,” she said.

“I love the quality and the visual; they are just lovely to have around you.

“I love it when a couple come in to buy a vintage or antique engagement ring and I see them walk out really excited because it’s unique – it’s a one-off.

“The ring has already been an heirloom for someone else, and it will be an heirloom for them too, something to be handed down in the family.”

Ms Lee said antiques were not just for one particular type of person.

“Antiques interest a range of people, of all ages,” she said.

“A lot more young people are coming in now with the revival of vintage. Vintage is quite big at the moment. We are upmarket, but we cater for everyone.”

Just one of the pieces the Fairmarket Antique Centre will have for sale at the Alstonville fair is a romantic 1920s art deco diamond ring from England, with fine filigree and a centre diamond in an octagonal setting.

“These pieces are very hard to source now as these heirlooms are very sought-after,” Ms Lee said.

It is just one of hundreds of antique and vintage that will be on show at the antiques fair on Saturday and Sunday at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre.

Dealers from around Australia will be selling antiques, books, and collectables, with doors open 9am-4.30pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday.

Entry is $6 and under 14s free.



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