VALUABLE GOODS: Antiques, Collectables and Militaria Fair organiser Stephan Proh with some Royal Worcester porcelain in preparation to the event.
VALUABLE GOODS: Antiques, Collectables and Militaria Fair organiser Stephan Proh with some Royal Worcester porcelain in preparation to the event. Zach Hogg BUNACM

Collectables take centre stage at Antiques Fair

QUALITY items from yesteryear are highly sought after, with collectors spending big bucks on items made to last.

Event chairman Stephen Proh said a large crowd was expected at this year's Bundaberg Antique, Collectables and Militaria Fair.

"Older items used to be made to last generations, not just one generation" Mr Proh said.

"Family heirlooms can be 300-400 years old," he said.

"They are better quality, but the higher the quality, the higher the price tag."

Mr Proh has been involved with the annual event for its 27 years and said collecting had a way of getting people hooked.

"We find that over the years lookers become collectors," he said.

"I'd say about 10% of people that just come to look one year come back later as collectors."

Dealers from across the state and as far as New South Wales and South Australia will offer items including vases, silverware, jewellery and military weapons.

"They'll be bringing some items we don't see this way very often," Mr Proh said.

Fast facts

  • What: Antique, Collectables and Militaria Fair
  • When: Friday from 7pm-9.30pm, 9am-4pm on Saturday and 9am-3.30pm Sunday
  • Cost: $6 per day for adults, children under 12 free.
  • Where: Civic Centre


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