ANTIQUES and COLLECTABLES

The Australian Fishing Museum, in Sydney

Collect the past and invest for your future. Enjoy a great hobby that will last you a lifetime, give you joy and allow you to make many new acquaintances. There is no limit to the interesting items that are out there to behold. The limit comes only in finances, display and storage.

What’s coming up? A bit of travelling involved, but always fun.

MARCH 1: Wellington Vintage Fair and Swap Meet at Wellington Showgrounds, Wellington (NSW) – Contact: 0467 286 464
1: Sydney Collectables and Antique Fair at the Greyhound Function Centre, Wentworth Park, Sydney (NSW) – Contact: 0419 333 220

March 3 and 4: Thirlmere Festival of Steam at NSW Rail Museum, Thirlmere (NSW) – Contact: 02 4683 6800

March 7 and 8: Bathurst Arms Fair at Bathurst Showgrounds, Bathurst (NSW) – Contact: 02 4938 5849

March 7 and 8: Springwood Antiques & Collectables Fair at Springwood Sports Club, Springwood (NSW) – Contact: 0431 510 450

March 8: Oberon Swap Meet at Oberon Showground, Oberon (NSW) – Contact: 0408 698 987

March 8: Albury/Wodonga Toy & Hobby Fair at SS&A Club, Albury (NSW) – Contact: 0497 544 197

March 15: Macarthur Annual Doll, Bear & Creative Fair at Campbelltown Catholic Club, Campbelltown (NSW) – Contact: 02 4655 5022

March 27 to 29: Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival at Weston Workers Club, Kurri Kurri (NSW) – Contact: 02 4936 1909

March 29: Petersham Stamp, Coin and Banknote Fair at Petersham Town Hall, Petersham (NSW) – Contact: 02 9622 1399.

March 31 to April 3: Noble Numismatics Sale 123 at the State Library of NSW, Sydney (NSW) – Contact: 02 9223 4578 or 03 9600 0244

Here are some of my regular local haunts, and they might supply a treasure for you. My very favourite collecting place, in Taree, for at least twenty years has been Clancy’s near MRD Hospital. They are into more Office Furniture these days, but my car would always want to stop in as it passed. Some treasures can still be found in the area. 

Kate and Don at Olympia Antique Solutions – opp. Taree Railway Station – they always have interesting items and with something unique to talk about,  find Barry at Isadora’s Antiques. The Valley Fair in Victoria Street Taree always has a great variety, Col’s Second Hand Shop in Commerce Street – near the Pie shop, Sue at Delinquent Funk – Isabella Street in Wingham right next to the chemist – Sue always has new and interesting stock that turns over quickly. 

One of the best local markets to have a wander around and turn up a treasure is the Blackhead Markets held the first Sunday of each month in the park next to the beach.

Fishing Gear

Collecting fishing memorabilia is a hobby that varies greatly allowing for a wide variety of collecting themes. Depending on what is collected a fishing memorabilia collection can be built both with a small budget and a large one making it a great hobby for people from all walks of life.

While collecting rods and other pieces of larger fishing equipment can require a lot of space, the collection of lures, flies, and other smaller equipment can allow for a nice collection that still fits into a small area.

No matter what a collector’s budget, storage and display space, and area of interest there is a fishing memorabilia collection to suit their needs and desires. Here are some ideas for building a fishing memorabilia collection.

Collecting of vintage fishing reel and fishing lures is one of the most popular fishing memorabilia. The most valuable reels and lures are those that are found in their original box. Actually in many cases an originally boxed reel or lure will command a premium price.

The variety of objects that can be collected varies widely and can include vintage fishing photographs, artwork, advertising materials, books, magazines, and pieces of tackle. A room or other area can be used to display a small number of each of these items and makes an interesting collection.

No matter what area of fishing memorabilia that is collected this is generally a great time to start a collection or expand a current one. The current economic difficulties have made prices of all but the rarest and valuable pieces fall to some degree. While a collection should always be built with things that the collector enjoys in case the objects cannot be later sold, it is indeed possible that objects that are purchased now can be sold for a profit when the economy improves.

There are a number of places to look for fishing memorabilia to collect. The best prices are generally found at garage sales, estate sales, markets and other locations where there are fewer competitors for these items. The online retailer eBay is great for finding specific items and at times for finding a great deal. Antique shops will generally have high quality items though fishing memorabilia can be hit or miss.

Collecting fishing memorabilia is an interesting hobby that can provide a lot of fun and variety. I think my interest came from an early age with perch fishing on the Hastings at my Grandparent’s farm.

Happy collecting. Get out there and make your finds, reel them in, share the stories and enjoy the hunt.

If you have interesting antique items you are not sure of, I may be able to help with information, appraisals &/or sales. I love the history and stories of old, historic and rare items (from the shed items to household gems). 

Phone Rex – 0427 880 546.

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