Antique Fair brings novelties to Busselton

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The Esplanade Hotel will take a step back in time this weekend as it hosts the South West Antique and Collectors Fair.

More than 40 tables will be filled with wares, from china and porcelain to coins, militaria, jewellery and toys.

Fair co-ordinator Warren Gibbs said the best thing about the event was not knowing what you might find.

“You may even find something you can’t live without once you see it,” he said.

Former Busselton resident and owner of AJ’s Collectibles Arthur Renton said antique fairs encouraged the passion to collect, which young people were rediscovering today. “Young people love the retro stuff being sold, but I think they also realise that the stuff we sell is built to last,” he said.

“Some of it’s already 100 years old.”

Mr Gibbs said the key to fairs like his was the variety and the concentration of wares customers would ordinarily never get in one store.

“Locals across the South West have been very facilitating and there’s so much potential for events like these to grow and continue,” he said.

The fair will run on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3.30pm, with a $3 donation fee for those over 14.

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