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South Africa's longest running monthly Antique & Collectables fair which has 40 to 50 top dealers exhibiting every first Sunday of the month.

homw-picThe Sandton Antique Fair has been running for the past 28 years and collectors have over the years found many a treasure as well as that exclusive piece for their collections. It all started at the Sandton Sun and found its home there for 16 years and 12 years ago it was moved to Nelson Mandela Square. This move saw the fair go from strength to strength.  The fair has  become a destination that the "tourist collector" plans his holiday around. The 60 dealer strong fair " is a collectors paradise not to be missed when visiting Johanesburg and collectors country wide agree that it is the only one of its standard in South Africa". what ever your collecting interest is you are bound to find it here. be sure to ask the dealers and to tell them what you are looking for. On the first Sunday of every month with the exception of January collectors flock to this collectors event.


Tips to Buying Antiques PDF Print E-mail
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions on the piece, where it was bought, what its history is, its condition.
  • Use the internet to fully research each antique you are considering buying.  In particular look to see what similar items sold for.
  • An ethical dealer will give you a guarantee that the piece is original and will indicate if the object is not as advertised, is flawed in some way, or a reproduction or a fake so you know exactly what you are buying.
  • Arrive early to find the best buys. Really committed collectors will be at the fairs when the dealers are unpacking to be the first to spot that good buy.
  • Seek out specialist dealers.  If you follow a particular collecting discipline, make friends with a specialist dealer who can not only source particular pieces but will also be invaluable in giving you information about your collecting discipline.
  • If starting out collecting find out who the specialist dealers are and find out as much as you can about the pieces you’re interested in – where they come from, how to spot defects and just generally make friends with those dealers – they can be invaluable in your antique quest.
  • A good antiques dealer will also give written detail on a piece – its period, whether its been restored and its price.  Make him give you a receipt with all that information on it or keep the ticket for your records, should you ever wish to sell.
  • When buying antique furniture look inside drawers for signs of extra holes where original handles and locks may have been replaced.