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Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association Fair 2016


Lithograph on Tinted paper laid down on board, Exposition Universelle, 1900  Douglas Stewart Fine Books, AAADA Fair

One of my favourite local events for the hunt of vintage and antique clothing events is soon coming up – the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association Fair. “Antiques and Art” might conjure up a vision limited to furniture, jewellery, and exquisite works by old masters (not to mention a price range out of reach for many vintage clothing wearers and collectors), but the sheer diversity of stalls and objects for display and sale means that there’s plenty of overlap with our interests. And while the rare and exceptional quality pieces will always command high prices, there are still bargains to be had.


Lucite handled bags, Online Antiques

Over the years I’ve purchased pieces as diverse as 1930s enamel bags, Art Deco lamps, celluloid and pressed glass necklaces, a kokoshnik style 1920s bandeau, and more than one stunning 1920s gown. Many of the purchases are made at Online Antiques/Arte Deco and Coutura Vintage, but there are many other stalls to explore and cabinets full of a rich array of goodies to search through.Victorian watercolours, 18th century miniatures, 20th century kitsch, quirky taxidermy, Chinese textiles – so many beautiful, fascinating things displayed in an accessible venue. I do a lot of my purchasing online, but never miss a chance to return to the AA&AD Fair as a highlight of the vintage calendar in Sydney.


Fun at the last AAADA Fair – trying on a green raffia 1920s wig, Coutura Vintage

We’ll be there on opening night, so do say hallo if you’re attending!

7-11 September | Royal Randwick | @atc_races | #aaada

Wednesday 7 September (Gala Preview)
6pm – 9pm

Thursday 8 September
10am – 6pm

Friday 9 September
10am – 6pm

Saturday 10 September
10am – 6pm

Sunday 11 September
10am – 5pm


Coutura Vintage Display AAADA 2015

Gala Preview (7 September)

Tickets – $30
(A preview of the fair that includes champagne on arrival and canapés)

General Admission (8-11 September):
Adult – $20
Concession – $15
Children under 16 free

Tickets available online or at the door  |  Pass outs available




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