It is an undisputed fact that we, as humans will forever be hunter/gatherers – in some form or another. Not in the original sense of our evolution but in our everyday modern world. Everybody collects something – whether it’s surrounding oneself with beautiful objects, collecting investment pieces for that rainy day or collecting with the purpose of building a legacy. They often say that what you collect is a reflection of who you are and shows what you stand for.
Collectors of rare manuscripts, stamps, maps and books show a keen interest in history and geography and appreciate the time and effort put into the art of cartography and the written word. In our world of technology a beautifully bound first edition book, a rare stamp or a historical map is an investment treasure.
Often engineers and architects gravitate towards collecting without even realising it. They might have inherited a Stanley or Miller multi-plane in its original box or cherish a well-crafted woodworking tool or a brass gauge or scale.
As a home-maker, most people surround themselves with beautiful things; as a collector you might have a penchant for a rare Royal Albert dinner service, elegant rare silver candlesticks or an Art Deco lampshade. Or you may favour collecting old storage tins, kitchenware or old appliances.
While really old antiques might not be your thing, 20th Century modern – from Art Deco to the rock ‘n roll era of the 50s through to the sleek Scandinavian design of the 70s – has sparked a new trend in collecting whether it’s an early Coca Cola poster, an early petrol pump or an original Zippo flint lighter.
Fashionistas don’t only follow current fashion – they are often crazy about vintage clothing like flapper dresses of the 1920s or are drawn to the pop-art accessories of the sixties. The latest global trend is in vintage bags and accessories from well-known designer brands.
If you see yourself in any of the above, then the Antiques Fair on the upper and lower levels of Nelson Mandela Square is the place to be on Sunday 1st March from 9am to 4pm. As the biggest and longest running antique fair in South Africa with over 40 dealers coming from all over the country, this is collecting heaven and Joburg’s best kept secret for both local and international collectors and visitors.
For more information, contact Clyde Terry on 082 883 4933 or visit their various websites: