The first thing you'd want to know about the AA&ADA Antiques Fair is that you could win a $1000 voucher to spend at the Fair in Melbourne, plus get an hour with an Antique Expert Personal Shopper. All you have to do is buy your ticket now to enter.
Hosted by the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association, the Fair will run from 3-6 May 2018 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, 08 Town Square Pavilion, Gate 5, Langs Rd, Ascot Vale. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for the Gala Preview which will be held on Thursday 3 May from 7pm to 10pm. General admission dates and times are Friday 4 May, 11am – 8pm, Saturday 5 May, 11am – 6pm and Sunday 6 May, 11am – 5pm. Children under 16 go free. Tickets will also be available at the door, and pass-outs will be available on request.
Head to the Gala Preview event for a sneak peek ahead of others, as it's much more fun than checking out the items for sale online. Plus with the ticket to the Gala, you get to sip on champagne on arrival and snack on canapes as you socialise. You'll find the Victorian Exhibitors list on the website. Uncover antique furniture, art and design objects to suit all spaces at the Fair as mixing old and new for contemporary charm has been slowly filtering into homes. No longer associated with stuffy items belonging to old relatives no one wants, the well-loved easily mixes in with the untouched.
If you're after a Valuation Session for that item you've been hanging on to, wondering if it's worth anything, bring it along on Friday 4 May 2018 to the Melbourne Showgrounds, from 12-3pm. You can bring a maximum of 3 items and session times are 10 minutes for $20 dollars per session, along with a valid ticket to the Fair. All proceeds go to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. This could be the best ten minutes you spend. Valuation categories are jewellery, silver, antique tools, porcelain and general antiques. For finer details and to book, click here.
If you intend attending some of the interesting talks at the Fair, you'll need to book. The Talks are actually free to attend, but you'll need to book for numbers as seats may be limited. Choose from
The two Primary 18th Century Porcelain Factories of London
Trending in silver – what's hot in the market
Australia's Crown Jewels
Bezels. What are They ?… and how to make one
Other talks and demonstrations you don't need to book for are the Wine Selectors Cellar Door Sessions and the Workshop demonstrations and talks at the Mediaeval workbench. Just walk in and join in the interactive talk about how to start a wine collection, and find out if your wine is worth cellaring. Sessions will be selected based on the groups preferred area of interest. The Workshop Demo session has specific times on the various dates to walk up and watch without booking. You'll be shown how to spot a fake, cast ingots to make wire, restore silver, test precious metals and how to recycle them. Check the website for this and all other details before you head out to Australia's leading art and cultural event that brings together top antique and art and specialists.