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The Expertise of Antique Dealers

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Since the formation of the NAADA Association five years ago to conform to the promulgation of the 2nd Hand Goods Act, the fairs that are organized under the auspices of The Collector are all accredited NAADA Association fairs. So, whether you visit the Nelson Mandela Square Antiques Fair on the first Sunday of every month; the Hyde Park Antiques Fair on the last Sunday of every month or the Brooklyn Square Antiques Fair on the first Saturday of every month or the National Antiques Faire at the Sandton Convention Centre, you can rest assured you are dealing with professionals.

The antique dealers doing all our fairs have between them hundreds of years of experience. Many specialize in specific areas of collecting; others have a wide range of expertise and are more than happy to assist in any way they can.

 

FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO BUYING THE BEST:

Arrive early to find the best buys. Really committed collectors will be at the fairs when the dealers are unpacking to be the first to spot that good buy.

If starting out collecting find out who the specialist dealers are and find out as much as you can about the pieces you’re interested in – where they come from, how to spot defects and just generally make friends with those dealers – they can be invaluable in your antique quest.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions on the piece, where it was bought, what its history is, its condition. An ethical dealer will give you a guarantee that the piece is original and will indicate if the object is not as advertised, is flawed in some way, or a reproduction or a fake so you know exactly what you are buying.

A good antiques dealer will also give written detail on a piece – its period, whether it’s been restored and its price. Make him give you a receipt with all that information on it or keep the ticket for your records, should you ever wish to sell. This is also a requirement for the 2nd Hand Goods Act. All the dealers that are members of the NAADA Association have complied with the licensing requirement of the Act and are regularly vetted.

 

 

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