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The Sydney Antique Fair 2015


Sydney Antique Fair 2014, antique bustle gown at Coutura Vintage

It’s time again for the Australian Antique and Art Dealers’ Association (AAADA) Annual Sydney Fair, held at the Kensington Room at Randwick Royal Racecourse from this Wednesday evening through to Sunday.

The Sydney vintage scene has recently taken a few hits with the discontinuation (or hiatus?) of the Sydney Vintage Clothing Fair and the close of the Sydney Antique Centre with its many vintage clothing stores having to either move or shut up business, and many much-loved dealers closing shop or discontinuing their trading at fairs.  While there are still some superlative vintage dealers located in Sydney, and we can still enjoy events like Frock Up, we also have to look beyond exclusively vintage events and enjoy fairs such as the AAADA Antique Fair and The Sydney Fair. Vintage dealers are well represented at these events, and I’ve had some great buys over the years (not just vintage clothing, either – there’s a lovely Art Deco mirror hanging over my cocktail cabinet, courtesy of a past Antique Fair).

Two of my favourite dealers in vintage clothing and accessories, Online Antiques (ArteDeco) and Coutura Vintage , are going to be at there, and have been previewing some of their “new” (vintage and antique) stock online. But I’ve also found that there are great finds to be found at the other stalls, too – like an enameled 1930s purse and a 1930s minaudière.

I’ve found some of our younger/newer members of the vintage community may be a little intimidated by the sometimes elaborate, well lit displays, ambiance of the venue and the careful curation of the objects on sale, assuming that the prices might be inflated and out of budget. I’ve found this is not the case, and there are many competitively priced pieces to be found.
We’ll be there for the Gala opening tomorrow night and probably re-visit over the weekend, so say do come up and say hallo!


One of many display cases filled to overflowing at the ArteDeco/Online Antiques stall


Wednesday 9th September (Gala Preview) 6pm–9pm
Thursday 10th September 11am–7pm
Friday 11th September 11am–7pm
Saturday 12th September 11am–6pm
Sunday 13th September 11am–5pm

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