FINDING HIDDEN TREASURES AT THE MALL OF AFRICA’S NEW ANTIQUE FAIRS
- Monthly Table-Top Antique Fair - Last Sunday of every month
- National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire - Friday 24 - Sunday 26th May in the Crystal Court and 27 - 29th September 2019
“The truth is sometimes we don’t know how good the good times were until they are long gone. Toys are outgrown. Clothing goes out of style. Kitchen gadgets become obsolete. Then one day we see these same items years later at a flea market, and all of a sudden they seem almost irresistible.”
Bob Richter, International Interior Designer and Antiques Dealer
Every generation carries its own special memory through time.
... Your grandfather will tell you how DIY jobs around the house were done with the good old hammer and nail, or haul out that flint lighter he used when everyone was into cigarettes.
...Grandma will tearfully recall the wonderful smells from her kitchen as she kneaded dough to make fresh bread in her Aga stove, or bring out that Royal Albert tea set she used to entertain her friends.
... Your Mom will talk about the excitement of getting her first Barbie doll or have you in stitches when she tells you to pick up or put down the phone – referring to the action of picking up the old receiver of a landline telephone.
... And Dad will tell you how important faxes and floppy discs were in his day and how he progressed from vinyl to cassettes when listening to the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.
We all, no matter our age, remember things or fads we had at certain times of our lives. It is only when we browse through a table-top collectables market and see things we took for granted way back when we marvel at how the world has progressed but more importantly we recall the good old times. Preserving that memory and passing it on is what collecting is all about.
The Mall of Africa hosts best Antique Fairs in South Africa
South Africa has joined the rest of the world in having some of the best ‘table-top’ antique & collectable fairs – comparable to the very best in both Europe and America – be it the many in London, in Barcelona, Lisbon or Paris or those in far-flung places like Buenos Aires and New York.
Some people describe visiting table-top antique fairs as ‘time-travelling’. You get to see items that tell a story of different times and eras and seen together take you on a ride into the past. Add to that the know-how of the antique dealers who love to give you the background of a piece and you have a history lesson and museum visit all rolled into one!
Collecting antiques has become the ‘green’ thing to do as these have stood the test of time, allowing you to re-use, re-invest and preserve beautiful things from the past. Whether you’re looking for antique silverware, collectable porcelain or vintage accessories or just enjoy browsing in amazement at the beautifully crafted antiques and memorabilia, the Mall of Africa will become home to antique, vintage & retro collecting with its monthly fairs on the last Sunday of every month and by hosting
two prestigious 3-day Autumn & Spring Antique Fairs – from the 24 - 26th May and from the 27 - 29th September 2019.
Mall of Africa Hosts Monthly Antique Table-top Fair
Taking up residency in the beautiful and elegant Crystal Court on the last Sunday of every month, the Mall of Africa table-top fair breaks new ground by catering to a whole new market that has shown interest in antiques and collectables. Whilst the immediate surrounding area of Waterfall is home to upmarket retirement homes where many of our regular collectors have moved to (and who love the idea of an antique fair on their doorstep), there is a broader community of up-and-coming professionals who are looking to invest in quality antiques and love the idea of ‘going green’ by investing in collectables. The Mall of Africa, perched as it is between Johannesburg and Pretoria, attracts visitors from far and wide who find it convenient to reach the Mall from the NI highways, with easy and safe parking.
Antique dealers talk about the collector ‘groupies’ that follow them around to all the antique table-top fairs. Says Clyde Terry, organiser of the fairs, “the buzz word for young people in today’s world of technology is the ‘Fear of Missing Out’ (FOMO) but I think the same applies to those who love antiques and particularly those who have specific collecting disciplines. We believe that with the new monthly table-top fair at the Mall of Africa we will be attracting visitors and collectors from far and wide who will enjoy browsing through our selection of antiques and collectables whilst taking advantage of the extensive shopping, restaurants and entertainment that the Mall of Africa offers.”
National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire (NAADA Faire)
Whilst table-top fairs keep collectors busy through the month with week-end fairs, attending bigger and more prestigious Antique Fairs that offer visitors a selection of beautiful settings of antique furniture, complete with porcelain laid tables and ornaments, exquisite silver and complemented by collectable master and contemporary art is a must for any serious collector. The National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire (NAADA) which raised the bar with their prestigious Antique Faires in the Sandton Convention Centre for almost twenty years, set a new trend two years ago by moving its annual 3-day Faire to the elegant Crystal Court at the Mall of Africa. This ‘retail-tainment’ trend, popular around the world, was followed by the likes of Fashion Week, Symphony concerts and art collectives – who all recognised the importance of moving their events to the heart of where people shop and are entertained.
After two successful years at the Mall of Africa, this successful formula will see the NAADA Faire held twice a year (in Autumn and Spring) in the Crystal Court of the Mall of Africa, incorporating large furniture stands with elegant table-top dealers – from the 24th to the 26th May 2019 and again from the 27th to the 29th September.
In addition to investment antiques, you’ll find china, silver and glassware beautifully crafted by some of the world’s top craftsmen, silversmiths and potters, some going back to the 1800’s. More modern collectables from the 50’s through to the 90’s offer shoppers an eclectic mix of funky on-off items that can become a unique feature in your home. Whether you opt for vintage clothing to create that ‘steam punk’ look, need to give your kitchen a farmhouse feel with vintage kitchenalia or are into retro toys, the antique fairs are the place to shop.
One of the must-attend and talked-about functions on the Johannesburg social and investment calendar: The prestigious opening night event of the National Antiques Faire takes place on Thursday 23 May from 6.30pm, Mall of Africa Crystal Court, Upper Shopping Level. To secure your ticket visit www.naada.co.za.