Derek McGrath, Stephen Proh and John Barker check out some of the beautiful pieces John will have on show at the antique fair.
Derek McGrath, Stephen Proh and John Barker check out some of the beautiful pieces John will have on show at the antique fair. Scottie Simmonds

Old all the rage at antique fair

THOUSANDS of old and well-loved pieces are on display at the Bundaberg Civic Centre this weekend as a part of the Bundaberg West Rotary Club's annual antiques fair.

The fair started at 7pm last night and doors will open today from 9am to 4pm.

The exhibition will continue tomorrow from 9am to 3.30pm.

Antiques fair organiser Stephen Proh said 15 antiques dealers from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria would have their pieces on display.

“There are some quite rare pieces,” he said.

“Like all antiques, the quality is in the eye of the beholder. Some people spend hours looking at the pieces.”

One of the more expensive pieces includes a $6000 glass vase that has been hand carved.

The age of the pieces at the fair range from the mid 1700s through to the 1930s.

Mr Proh said silver pieces were the only items which could be dated accurately.

“Each piece has the date stamped into the back. The quality and workmanship in some of the older pieces you just wouldn't see today,” he said.

Mr Proh said the Rotary Club expected about 1500 people through the doors at the exhibition.

“It is not our largest fundraiser, but it is one of the major fundraisers for the year,” he said.

This year marks the 23rd year the exhibition has been run.

“It takes about a year to organise and we started unpacking yesterday morning and finished that afternoon,” he said.

Mr Proh said the dealers expected to be at the Civic Centre until 9pm on Sunday repacking all of their goods.

Entry into the antiques fair is $6 per person. Children enter for free.



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