I love starting each year off with the first thing on my “vintage events calendar” by attending the Jupiters Casino Rotary Antique Fair. This years fair was its 29th year, and it truly is the best antique and collectibles fair to grace the Gold Coast each year it’s an outstanding event with quality pieces to wow. Here is a round up of last years fair.
There are stallholders who travel from interstate to be in attendance and selling at this fair and you are sure to see quality high end pieces right down to quality affordable collectibles. I headed along to the fair on Saturday with Sarah and a good friend of mine.
It was the first time I’ve taken Sarah along to this fair since she was a baby, and now at nearly 5 years old she’s developing an eye of vintage and quality things. It was lovely to see her ohhh and ahhh at all the pretty things, however what was not so lovely was the odd occasion her excitement over things was too close to thousand dollar items. But she really is very gentle and delicate (as she kept reminding me) just like any child gentle reminders are always good.
The fair was very enjoyable and there were lots of people out and about looking and buying. I only managed to snap a few photos inside the fair after having a stallholder tell me that I was not allowed to photograph his stall. Admittedly I had my big DSLR out trying to snap decent photos, so had I used my iPhone like I saw others there probably wouldn’t have been an issue.
One of the pieces that really stole my heart this year (but with a price tag beyond my budget) was a Llardo Head Vase/Bowl similar to the one you see below. The one a the fair was nice and in person presents beautifully that I found myself unable to stop looking at her and thinking about her later. She certainly would have come home with me, if I had pockets lined of gold.
Even without pockets lined of gold I manage to buy myself a little something as did Sarah. I think my buy might surprise some of you knowing how much of fan of the 1960’s and 1970’s I am. This lovely 1940’s felt hat stole my heart once I tried it on. I have no practical use for it at present but for $20 I knew I wanted it and needed it after seeing it on myself. It’s a great piece at an awesome price for a genuine 1940’s hat in overall great condition.
Thankfully I have a friend who is a very talent hobbyist milliner who will be able to assist me with cleaning, streaming and reshaping should I have a troubles with it myself. Anyways I’ll be looking for a wonderful excuse to wear this beauty as soon as I can.
Sarah’s ohhhh’ing and ahhhh’ing stopped us many times at the fair as she looked at pretty jewellery, miniature dolls, thimbles, tiny trinkets and collectibles. We popped in our dearest Kittys Vintage Kitsch said hello’s and had cuddles and Celia gift Sarah a sweet rose brooch to matched the pretty dress she was wearing.
With money jingling in Sarah’s tooled leather handbag she was keen to buy a little something so after looking around for some time what finally won her over was the jewellery. We had stopped at a stall that lots of stunning pieces but Sarah spotted a little display with lots of old silver charms. It was very cute and funny watching her take her time investigating them and even holding ones with gem stones up to light like a pro, she finally settled on a small vintage silver love hear locket with gem stone.
She endeared herself to the stall holder with her manners, charm and big vocabulary (which had us all laughing) that she scored herself a lovely discount on top of a reduction. We had such a lovely time all together and it was nice to have taken my friend out to enjoy it with us. I hope Sarah wants to continue coming to the fair each year with me, I’m thinking it could make a nice tradition to share and maybe each year I’ll buy her a locket to add to her collection.