Bendigo Easter Antique Fair draws the crowds again

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MORE COVERAGE: Bendigo Easter 2017

A TREASURE trove has awaited antique lovers at the Bendigo Easter Antique Fair.

The fair, a long-standing event on the Easter calendar, this year saw some 25 dealers from Victoria and interstate sell their wares at Truscott Reserve in California Gully.

Organiser Kim Dennis said the fair usually attracted about 2000 people over the course of the weekend, drawing a crowd of about 400 within the first hour of the opening morning.

Gaye Bismire, owner of Shawbrook Antiques, has had a longtime presence at the fair.

She said she continued to come back to the fair because it attracted a lot of interest from the general public and was a “nice fair, well-run”.

One of her more notable items this year was a French garde manger, or food safe, dating back to about 1780.

Antique dealer Graham Pavey described his offering as “quite eclectic”, but all handmade, hand-crafted and made from “real materials”.

“To find these things in good condition, is what I find pleasurable,” Mr Pavey said.

Among his items was a complete Victorian magic kit.

While Mr Pavey’s goods are varied, fellow dealer Mario Cordedda specialises in Asian antiques.

One of his more eye-catching items was an 80-year-old, 17-kilogram bear with a fish in its mouth, carved from a single piece of wood in northern Japan.

The fair closes on Easter Monday at 4pm, and admission for adults is $10.