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PRESS RELEASE – OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES FAIR
UPPER AND LOWER LEVELS,
NELSON MANDELA SQUARE
SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2018
09h00 – 16h00

WHY DO PEOPLE COLLECT?
FIND OUT WHY AT THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2018

If you haven’t ever visited the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square on the first Sunday of every month, then do yourself a favour and pop in between 9am and 4pm this coming Sunday 4th November and see for yourself.

As far as the eye can see you will see display tables laden with ‘stuff’.  Not just any stuff and definitely not ‘junk stuff’ but an array of beautifully crafted items that will catch your eye because of their beauty, their craftsmanship and in many cases their rarity.

Take, for example silver.  At the antiques fair you might come across some unusually shaped silver utensils and servers. ‘What are they used for?’ you might ask the antiques dealer.  With a lifetime of knowledge about antiques, the dealer will give you the history behind silver utensils that seems foreign to us today – for example:

• The berry spoon – used in the 1800’s when serving berries, or
• The marrow spoon, used by the Victorians to delicately spoon out the marrow out of bones.  
• A caddy spoon was used to measure out tea and at Victorian dinner tables
• Special tongs were used to serve asparagus.
• A silver wine cooler, bottle or glass coasters and silver liquor labels for bottles are all high collectable.
• Silver domes, used by the elite at dinner parties, can take on a new role and look great placed strategically on a dining room wall

Not only are these highly collectable depending on their date and maker but they keep alive a tradition long past. Reviving the tradition by using these at your next dinner party or giving them as gifts will ensure that they pass through history from generation to generation.

As the festive season approaches, the dealers, who come from all over the country, will feature collectable items that will make great gifts – from finding that first edition book that will be cherished by a book lover to finding a unique silver, glass or porcelain memento that will not only look good but has intrinsic investment value.

Antiques and collectables are enjoying renewed popularity with more and more people discovering the joys of collecting and realizing the value of investing in beautiful things.  Whether you’re an avid collector or a novice simply interested in things old and beautiful, you will find the most amazing collection at the Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square – and at a price to suit all pockets!

As the largest and most successful monthly antiques fair in the country, it has become a famous attraction, not only with local collectors but with the many thousands of tourists who pass through Johannesburg and who marvel at stumbling on such a unique antiques fair equal to any of the top international antique markets.

Add to that the convenience of having the Gautrain just a block away, which makes coming from Pretoria or Rosebank an easy ride, and you have a great way to spend a Sunday!

The last two antiques fairs for will be held on Sunday 4th November and Sunday 2nd December from 09h00 to 16h00 on the Upper and Lower levels of Nelson Mandela Square. For a preview of what is available from the dealers who participate at the Fair, visit the website on www.ssaf.co.za.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Clyde Terry on 082 883-4933
Media Liaison:  Giuli Osso on Cell: 083 377 6721 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 


 

 

 

DecanterGlasses“Collecting is like eating peanuts; you just can’t stop.”
 
If you are one of those ‘peanut eaters’ then the Antiques Fair at NELSON MANDELA SQUARE ON SUNDAY 7th October 2018 is not to be missed!
 
Joburg’s best kept secret, the Antiques & Collectables Fair which takes place at Nelson Mandela Square on the first Sunday of every month (Sunday 7th October 2018) sees thousands of eager collectors trawling the upper and lower levels of the square looking at items that attract, intrigue and fascinate.  It could be sparked by something from childhood – a dinky car or doll that was treasured; the pattern on a tea set that belonged to Grandma; the memory of having to sit through Dad’s painstaking photo shoots with an old camera or Grandpa’s stories about the war years.  Seeing that item again brings back nostalgic memories and then, finding out that in fact, those items are highly collectable and have value can spark a collection and turn you into a collector.
 
Because antiques & collectables are rare and not mass produced, the chase to find an elusive piece to add to a collection is what makes it such fun.  Ask any of the regular collectors who visit the Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square and they will tell you that they never miss a monthly fair because that means they might just miss the one time that the antiques dealer has that piece they have spent years looking for.
 
Spread over both the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square, the over 40 dealers from all over the country gather each month to present their wares.  Some are specialists in certain collecting disciplines like silver, glassware, jewellery or ceramics.  Others have a varied selection of antiques and collectables that makes browsing through their time like a treasure hunt.  The fun is in interacting with antique dealers who have devoted their life to collecting antiques and who, in most cases, are extremely knowledgeable and will guide and assist in your collecting ‘journey’.  You will also meet like-minded collectors with whom you can exchange ideas, tips and even join collector clubs in your chosen field.
 
All the dealers at the Nelson Mandela Square Antiques Fair are members of the National Antiques Association which regulates and oversees the licensing of antique dealers and their adherence to the 2nd Hand Goods Act.
 
Collecting is a passion…. that just might give you a handsome pay-off in the long run!
 
The Antiques Fair takes on Sunday 7th October from 09h00 to 16h00 on the upper and lower levels of Nelson Mandela Square – with its relaxed atmosphere under the porticos of Nelson Mandela Square –  it’s the best place to be on the first Sunday of every month!
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Media Liaison: Giuli Osso on Cell No: 083 377 6721 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Clyde Terry on 082 883-4933 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 


 

 

 

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CELEBRATING SPRING AT THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE THIS SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2018

Celebrate Spring this Sunday 2nd September from 9am to 4pm with a visit to the Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.
 
Join the thousands of people who flock to this popular centre from all over Johannesburg – whether by car or with the added convenience of being able to take the Gautrain from Pretoria and from the CBD through Rosebank - to go shopping or relax in one of the restaurants on the piazza.
 
But the first Sunday of every month is special because that is when over 50 antique dealers, who come up from as far afield as Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein, turn the upper and lower level of the square into a treasure trove of antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac.
 
Thousands of avid collectors can be seen browsing and chatting to the antique dealers - looking for that special piece to add to a collection or simply enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the antiques fair and admiring the many treasures of yesteryear.
 
Antiques and collectables are enjoying renewed popularity with more and more people discovering the joys of collecting and investing in beautiful things. Whether you’re an avid collector or a novice simply interested in things old and beautiful, you will find everything you need at Johannesburg’s most prestigious Fair.
 
• Why not look at adding something really beautiful to your home’s decor – like a stunning vase, a new tea set or some silver candlesticks.
 
• For those wanting to start a hobby, why not consider collecting silver miniatures, thimbles or start a coin collection.
 
• With Matric Dances around the corner, find that vintage steam punk dress or accessories for the big night.
 
• Mad about everything from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s?  Pick up a dinky car, an old typewriter or an advertising signboard.
 
The Antiques Fair boasts over 60 dealers dealing in everything from furniture, porcelain, silver and glass as well as a large selection of collectables - from books to prints to jewellery and odds and ends.  
 
The September Fair will be held on Sunday 2nd  September from 09h00 to 16h00 on the Upper and Lower levels of Nelson Mandela Square.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Clyde Terry on 082 883 4933 or email Giuli Osso on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 


 

 

 

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GO ANTIQUE HUNTING AT THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE THIS SUNDAY 5th August 2018 - 09h00 – 16h00
 
August is Women’s Month and the close to 60 dealers at the Nelson Mandela Square Antiques Faire have the widest selection of antiques and collectables that will appeal to women of all ages – from those who cherish mementoes that remind them of their childhood to collectables that will enhance their homes or items that are investment pieces.
 
The antique dealers, who come from as far afield as Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban, are all experts in their field and will go all out to make sure they give you their expert opinion and market value of any item you might have or want to buy.
 
Such as...
 
• Antique jewellery – whether it’s the real thing or the more affordable costume jewellery that is so popular with the trendy set.
• Silver – learn all about identifying where a silver piece originates from; if it’s English, Irish or even South Africa from their hallmarks.
• Get into porcelain collecting – whether it’s fine china from England or highly collectable South African pottery.
• Glassware galore – from cut-glass wine glasses and decanters to centre-pieces from Murano.
• If fashion is your thing – find that perfect 60’s mini, a designer handbag or accessories that will give you that perfect retro look.
 
Visit Joburg’s best kept secret and spend a leisurely day browsing and buying at South Africa’s best monthly antiques & collectables fair. Open from 9h00 to 16h00, the Fair stretches along the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square.  A classic quartet will entertain you with beautiful music between 11h00 and 13h00 on the Lower Level and when you’re tired of browsing, you can stop at any one of the cafés and restaurants for a bite to eat.  
 
The Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square is on Sunday 5th August from 09h00 to 16h00 on the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
CLYDE TERRY ON 082 883-4933
MEDIA LIAISON: Giuli Osso – Tel: (011) 802-1611 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 


 

 

 

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THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE – JOBURG’S BEST KEPT SECRET - IS ON SHOW ON SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018
 
The Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square ranks amongst the best tabletop antique fairs in the world – be it in London, Lisbon, Paris, New York or Buenos Aires.  Collectors and shoppers will see a wealth of antiques, collectables and decorative arts from the close to fifty antique dealers that showcase their wares on the first Sunday of every month.
 
With our diverse historical past that saw English, Dutch, German and French settlers bring their craftsmanship to our shores hundreds of years ago, the Antique Fair is a treasure trove for both collectors and visitors who may find a rare antique or simply want to buy a collectable memento to remind them of their visit to our shores.
 
At the Antiques Fair on the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square 4th July from 10am to 4pm you will be able to:
 
• Find that elusive collectable piece – perhaps to complete a set of figurines or that elusive pattern in crockery or silver.
 
• Into the vintage clothing and accessories – pick up designer handbags, art deco jewellery or a throw for those cold winter nights.
 
• Admire the craftsmanship from years gone by – in an intricately decorated silver rose bowl to our uniquely South Kalahari ware, Lynn ware or Ardmore Ceramics.
 
• Invest in an early map of Africa, a first edition book or a rare collectable coin.
 
• Instead of spending money on trivial trinkets, find a really special gift that will have both sentiment and value.
 
The Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square is open from 09h00 to 16h00 on Sunday 1st July.  Buyers will get a free copy of The Collector magazine with purchases.
 
For further information contact Clyde Terry on 082 883 4933

Media Liaison:
Giuli Osso on 083 377 6721 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 


 

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE

May/June 2018

 

THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE FOCUSES ON FATHER’S DAY

SUNDAY 3rd JUNE 2018 – UPPER AND LOWER LEVELS – NELSON MANDELA SQUARE

09h00 – 16h00

 

June puts the focus on Father’s Day and the Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square, which takes place on the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square on Sunday 3rd  June, is the best place to get something totally different for fathers and grandfathers. Forget about buying boring sweaters, aftershave and socks – this year give Dads something totally different that they can treasure and that will increase in value over time. 

Collecting antiques is wonderful because there is such a variety of collecting disciplines that appeal to so many tastes – and the range in antiques and collectables is endless.  Whist the Fair has a wide range of antiques and collectables across all collecting disciplines, there are a wide range antiques that appeal specifically to men. 

  • For the discerning Father or Husband, give him something that will be put on display rather than shoved at the back of a cupboard.  A rare collector’s book or print for the study;  start him collecting silver calling card holders or hip flasks or if he enjoys the finer things in life, why not invest in a beautiful crystal decanter with matching port wine glasses or start him collecting corkscrews. 
  • If he’s a more modern man, you could give him a classic watch, an original Zippo lighter, or buy him an original Corgi or Matchbox car.
  • For Grandfathers why not look at an antique walking stick, a good old-fashioned shaving kit, military antiques such as compasses, medals or swords or a good old fashioned Toby jug. 

The range is endless from the over 40 antique dealers who come from all over South Africa to exhibit at the Antiques Faire at Nelson Mandela Square.  

 

It’s Joburg’s best kept secret – don’t miss it!

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

CLYDE TERRY ON 082-883-4933

 

MEDIA LIAISON:

GIULI OSSO  – EMAIL;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 


 

 

FIND THAT SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY GIFT AT THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE SUNDAY 6rd MAY 2018 09h00 – 16h00

If you are looking for something a little different this year for that special mother in your life then the antiques fair is the ideal place to find that gift that she can cherish forever and that will always appreciate in value. The 60 dealers who come from around the country have been stocking up on those special gifts for Mother - from delicate porcelain to impressive silver; from antique jewellery and accessories to collectable glassware. Prices vary from just a few hundreds of rands to tens of thousands. Whether you’re shopping for a new mother, a mother of growing children or an older mother with grandchildren, the Nelson Mandela Square Antiques Fair on Sunday 6th May has something for everyone.
 
Antique Mother’s Day Gifts are plentiful and cater for every taste and age group. Below are some stunning gift ideas:
 
Jewellery – Whether you opt for real gold and diamonds, want to give a cameo, pearls or are searching for period pieces and costume jewellery, the antique fair has the perfect range.
 
Perfume Bottles - Beautiful crystal perfume bottles with silver tops, miniature or commercial make for both practical and ornamental gifts.
 
Dinnerware - dinnerware in timeless patterns from some of the best English and European porcelain and china makes. Whether you’re a traditional floral person or prefer the more edgy Clarisse Cliff Art Décor style, there is something for everyone.


Vases and Figurines – choose from a range of porcelain vases and ornaments that include the commissioned Royal houses of Doulton and Royal Albert and Morrcroft to the more modern Lalique and Murano in glassware.
 
Jewellery Boxes, Music Boxes, Pill Boxes, Powder Boxes – decorative and valuable, in silver or mother-of-pearl, these will warm any mother’s heart.
 
Picture Frames – choose an original silver antique frame to put a portrait of the family in.
 
Embroidered old linen - nothing can match the exquisite craftsmanship of old linen.
 
Vintage Accessories have become all the fashion rage – from Victorian, Art Deco to Retro, find that special gift in a beaded or embroidered evening bag or go for vintage designer handbags or scarves.

 

The Antiques Fair is on Sunday 6th May on the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square from 09h30 to 16h00. 
For further information contact Clyde Terry on 082 883-4933 - Media Liaison: Giuli Osso - email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 


 

 

THE ANTIQUES FAIR AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE ON SUNDAY

1ST APRIL 2018 CELEBRATES EASTER AND PESACH

 

The Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square falls on Easter Sunday this year and we invite collectors to visit the Fair and see the very best in antiques and collectables.

April is truly a blessed month for many religions. With Easter for Christians and the Jewish Pesach falling on roughly the same dates we wish all our collectors – whatever faith they might be well over the religious holidays.  Whilst seen as vastly different, in many ways they are closely linked – for their position in the calendar and in a symbolic way.  

Whether a person collects to show devotion to a faith or simply because of the value and beauty of the pieces, this collecting discipline can be very rewarding. Antique collecting per se can be traced back to the preservation of valued religious objects in antiquity and this line of collecting continues to this day. With so much history and spiritualism attached to religious icons, the value of an item transcends the fiscal worth and aesthetic appeal and takes on a deeper, more spiritual meaning.

Collectors should look for quality pieces that reflect their uniqueness and that show distinct inspiration in design. Usually the more elaborate and rare the piece, the more valuable it will become. 

Some of the religious collectables that people collect include:

• Silver religious items are highly collectable – whether it be English, Irish, Russian or Cape silver – in items such as candelabras, Menorahs, Kiddish cups, ritual pointers and finials or christening mementoes.

• Religious art in the form of religious images, icons, statues, crosses and rosaries.

• Bibles and other holy books – especially those that trace family histories – have become very relevant and highly collectable.

• Antique church pews and other religious furniture are sought after for their craftsmanship and symbolism.

The first Sunday of every month is a special day in the calendar of most Jo’burgers! It’s when they head towards Nelson Mandela Square and the Antiques Fair. You will see them all eagerly examining everything from intricate jewellery pieces, paging through old books, taking out their eyeglass to examine a marking under a piece of silver or the stamp on a piece of porcelain. They are the antique collectors – people who have a passion for beautiful things from the past and who help preserve those treasures for generations to come.

So, if you want to invest in something really special that will stand not only the test of time but also of volatile markets, don’t miss the Antiques Fair on Sunday 1st April which is spread over both the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square.

 

Johannesburg’s best kept secret is the Antiques Fair – with its relaxed atmosphere under the porticos of Nelson Mandela Square – making it the best place to be on the first Sunday of every month!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Clyde Terry on 082 883-4933

Media Liaison:   Giuli Osso on Tel No: 802-1611 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it