A RESPLENDENT Regency-era table was on show right as you walked into Ballarat Mining Exchange. Nearby, just off to the right was a bright ProHart peacock painting.
Both headline items for Ballarat Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Bazaar across the long weekend.
Bazaar organiser Malcolm Roberts said this year’s event had attracted the broadest range of unique keepsakes, from true vintage to contemporary glass work and jewellery.
Nestled up the back of the Exchange building was 11-year-old Verity Ball, who wants to be an interior decorator one day. Verity, whose mum is an antiques dealer, said she loved the chance to help out and ensure her mum’s stall was well-presented.
“I do it for fun,” Verity said.
“If I think it looks good, I’ll rearrange it. (Mum) like putting stuff on an angle but I put things how my eyes like to see them – If I walk around a corner, what would be the first thing I want to stand out at me.”
Verity’s favourite antique items are green glass and blue glass. She also likes animal pottery and jewellery.
Ballan’s Marée Heffernan made the trip in to Ballarat to see her late husband Edward Heffernan’s works on display in the fair.
Ballarat Hospice Care also had a stall, with all proceeds to go to Hospice’s in-home palliative care work.
Devonshire tea, featuring fresh jam and scones, and warm, hot toasted sandwiches were popular with those taking in the ambience of the event while listening to some classic swing and jazz-style tunes.
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