Well this weekend was the Annual Williamstown Antiques & Collectables Fair. The Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing have been running this great little winter event for the last 15 years and it is probably my favourite Metropolitan antiques and collectables fair of the year. I’m not a big fan of the large pretentious fairs where you almost feel like they’re doing you a favour just letting you (and you money) in the door.
The Williamstown Fair is a friendly intimate event with 36 dealers, held in a heritage hall and spread across a number of rooms that you just seem to stumble upon as you wander around. Whilst there were stalls specialising in furniture, most of the traders at this fair sell mainly smalls (antique speak for smaller easily portable items such as porcelain, jewelery, silver, vintage clothing, woodworking tools, glassware etc.).
Allan and I rocked up on Sunday afternoon after a lovely lunch at Nosh’s Cafe in Newport (courtesy of a voucher I won at a Red Tent Woman network Dinner last month) prepared to enjoy a leisurely browse. And enjoy it we did. The hall was warm and toasty, a lovely contrast to the vigorous see breeze outside, and the dealers were charming and friendly.
Naturally it is compulsory for me to buy something at an event such as this, or what’s the point of having all my collections? But as it turned out what I bought had nothing to do with feeding my collecting habit. I picked up a nice warm pashmina (which I’ve used as an overlay on the background for this layout) and a cute little silver case for business cards. Now I can out-pretentious the best of them. Allan bought a framed 1970s advertising poster so we both came away feeling pretty pleased with the afternoon.
And then afterwards a stroll along the Williamstown foreshore which has the most scenic views of the city that you’ll find anywhere in Melbourne.