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A collector’s weekend in paradise

A collector’s weekend in paradise

Antique and jewellery lovers are set for a big weekend in Orange!

The Orange Zonta Club’s 36th Antique, Jewellery and Vintage Fair is on again bringing the best traders from across Australia right to our doorstep.

From the opening gala on Friday evening (14 June) until Sunday (16 June), the fair offers a fantastic opportunity to come, see and buy: fine estate, period and costume jewellery; French, English and Australian Colonial furniture; fine porcelain and crystal and a whole range of collectables and beautiful antiques.

“Whether you are a serious collector, someone looking for that unique piece of jewellery for yourself or a loved one, or need something special to add to your home, this is the place to find it,” said Kerry Ferguson of the Zonta Club of Orange.

“You will also be helping Zonta Orange to provide support to women and families across Orange and internationally as this is our major fundraising event of the year.”

Regular exhibitor Karen Blacklows of Second Chance Collectables said there is so much on show at the fair that you never know just what will catch your eye.

“That's the beauty of the hunt, you just don't know what you are going to find,” said Karen. “Pop over and have a good look around, because there are so many different things there from little thimbles all the way through to large pieces of furniture and lots in between — It might just start off your collecting!” said Karen, who is excited to be bringing something special to the fair this year.

“We’re taking rare Australian Chocolate diamonds, from the Argyle mine, for the very first time. We will also have pink diamonds there as well — that is another first for the fair — and we will have some really good Australian handcrafted Jewellery as well,” she said.

“It is a fantastic event and it helps Zonta put a lot of money back into our local community.”

With the money raised at last year’s fair Zonta we were able to give assistance to local domestic violence support services, provided scholarships for women from the Central West studying fine arts and healthcare, and sent 700 birthing kits to Sulawesi in Indonesia after their devastating earthquake and tsunami last year.

The Antique, Jewellery and Vintage Fair is held at the Orange Function Centre, Eyles Street Orange. It opens on Friday with a catered Gala night from 5:30pm – 8:30pm for $25 per person, and on Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm for $7 per person

There is an on-site café open from 11am to 3pm if you want to meet friends for lunch or afternoon tea and also a coffee cart.

Tickets are available at the door or online (see Zonta’s Facebook page for details.)

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