Vintage crowds flock to Maldon event

MARK Blythe says he doesn’t understand why people collect but he knows a good collection when he sees one.

The Maldon Antique and Collectables Fair organiser oversaw a mix of stalls at the weekend offering vintage boot patchers, teapots, gardening tools and 1990s-era Orlando Magic flags. 

Mr Blythe’s own site had a dentist’s chair for sale.

“I don’t know why I've got the chair, I just had to buy it,” he said.

“I really couldn’t tell you the attraction of some of these collectors or why people buy and sell this sort of stuff.”

About 130 sites were set up at the Maldon Football Club for the two-day fair selling every type of nick nack or artefact you could want.

“It’s very electic,” Mr Blythe said.

“It’s good for the town. It’s adding some vibrancy.”

In its sixth year, the fair has grown in its appeal and attracted more than 6000 people over the two days.

Stall-holders hailed from across Victoria, as well as South Australia and Queensland.

Savoy Sundown, who lives in a forest in Glenlyon, near Daylesford, had one of the more colourful displays with a showcase of walking sticks and canes.

He has been collecting the sticks and other antique items for 55 years.

“It started when I was a boy I used to work in an antique store,” he said. “I trained with an antique dealer."

Mr Sundown said he purchased a lot of his walking sticks by knocking on doors of grand estates and mansions across Europe. He said some can fetch up to $3500.

"They've all got their own story," he said. "I’ve always been attracted to the history behind it.”

Bendigo residents Ken Arnold and Jean Arnold bought some toys, including a vintage barbie, a robot and a baby pedigree doll.

Mr Arnold - who has appeared on TV shows Collectors and Postcards showing his collection of packaging items - said the secret to the fair's success was the range of different stalls. 

"When it first started it was half-full but this year there was a lot more variety," he said.

"It's growing every year."

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