Something olden may well be golden
EVER wondered if you're sitting on a fortune?
Well, according to Antique Collectable Fair organiser Allan Lawson, countless objects have the potential to be worth a mint.
"Usually a product with a bit of uniqueness and rareness about it can turn out to be worth a lot," he said yesterday at the fair, held at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
"Some of the old chiming clocks bring in big money, and old vases do, too."
There was a range of antiques for sale, including pewter, radios, postcards, books and old China sets, at the inaugural fair.
"We've got just about anything that's old," Mr Lawson said.
And a decent crowd turned up to invest in items or have their own treasures appraised.
"We've had a lot of interesting things through," Mr Lawson said.
"This morning a chap brought in something which an old distillery used to measure alcohol content in rum and it was in beautiful condition.
"He doesn't know how old it is because his father got it from his grandfather who got it from his own grandfather."
Antique collector Geoff Dark of Tenterfield attends about 12 fairs each year and appraised a number of individual items yesterday.
"It's mostly been jewellery and China today," he said.
"At the moment, you can't give away China unless it's top of the range stuff.
"All the 1920s and '30s jewellery is the in-thing at the moment."
Don't despair if you were counting on selling your China for top dollar; it may eventually boom.
The value of antiques changes about every five years, Mr Dark said, and China is expected to regain its value soon.
Mr Lawson said many people even choose to invest in antiques instead of stock market shares.
"It's a good investment for people because no matter what you buy here today, it'll eventually increase long-term," he said.
The fair was held at Goonellabah because it is a central location for collectors on the North and Far North Coasts and Mr Lawson was impressed with the turnout at the area's first antique fair.
"It's been very good for the first year. We've drawn collectors all the way from Grafton and Coffs Harbour," he said.