As we prepare for the Festive Season, the shopping malls are full of Christmas cheer and stores are filled to the brim with enticing gifts. Most of what’s out there is the same-old, same-old especially when you want to really give your loved one something special. The recession has changed our attitude to shopping – gone are the frivolous days of throwing money at worthless trinkets that simply gather dust in cupboards. Today’s consumers want to get value for money and have become more in-tune with buying gifts that evoke the past and will be valued and cherished for their intrinsic workmanship and age.
The final Antiques Fair of the year at Nelson Mandela Square on Sunday 1st December from 9am to 4pm promises to be a bumper event with over 40 dealers putting out their best antiques and collectables. The stalls are filled to the brim with the most exquisite and diverse selection of treasures – from beautiful silver and glassware; from porcelain to exquisite jewellery; from books and prints to collectable bric-a-brac.
So why not focus on a loved one’s special interest, their hobby or things they are passionate about and buy an antique or collectable as a gift – a vintage bag or scarf for the fashion fundi, an antique camera for the retro-man or some exquisite lace for the romantic. With antiques & collectables the choices not only endless but different to anything you find in stores – and remember, you are giving something of value that will last forever.
For the men in your life … choose a silver hipflask, a Toby jug, a first edition book or a rare coin. For the younger set how about a classic designer watch, a ‘20’s cocktail shaker & martini glasses or collectable corkscrew.
For the women in your life…why not choose a beautiful Moorcroft vase, a porcelain figurine, a beautiful silver tea set, an antique photo frame, an antique ring, some costume jewellery or a designer bag.
For kids to get into collecting…why not give them a Beswick Disney figure of Goofy, Bunnykins, a Peter Rabbit Xmas Plate or a collectable dinky toy.
The holiday season is a time when family and friends get together, when the lunch or dinner tables are beautifully decorated for those sumptuous feasts. Why not invest in some heirloom pieces – from a beautiful Royal Albert dinner set to silver candlesticks and Waterford crystal glasses – to decorate the dinner table. Or look for some classic Royal Doulton Christmas figurines to put under the tree, collectable ornaments, garlands and tree toppers.
Get into the Christmas spirit and shop early for those special festive gifts by visiting the Antiques Fair on Sunday 1st December from 9am to 4pm.
For more information call Clyde on 082 883 4933.
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