Antique fair at Woodlands

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An antiques and collectible fair is coming to Woodlands this month, hosted by Taupiri couple Marie and Nick Turtle of Portrush Antiques.

There will be 10 to 12 stalls selling small furnishings, china of all sorts, crystal, silverware, jewellery, tools and lots of quirky items, says Marie.

“The hunt is always fun and Woodlands is a fantastic place to hold an antiques fair, the setting is so beautiful. The house has a lovely warm feel and the gardens are just beautiful.”

Marie and Nick started Portrush Antiques while living in Nelson in a house built in the 1890s.

“It was named Portrush by the Irish couple who built it, and we ran a shop out front. These days we sell a wide variety of china, glassware, crystal and other object d’art – all at antique fairs.”

The rare Belleek vase
The rare Belleek turnip vase, found in an antique shop in Christchurch.

Marie, who is Irish, collects Belleek china and her best find is a rare turnip vase, made in 1863. “We know of only four others, three in New Zealand, and think they were made as prizes for the vegetable section of the A & P shows.”

Nick collects glass items, and is keen on model trains.

“We’re hoping this fair will be a success for Woodlands and the dealers who put in a lot of work behind the scenes, and a great hit with people wanting a treasure because we’d love to be back in 2021!”
Woodlands Estelle Payton says Marie and Nick are passionate dealers and they are excited to be hosting the event.

“It fits in so well with what we’re about here at Woodlands. We’re hoping to see some locals and a few out of towners – there will be a good variety.”

• The Antique and Collectible Fair is on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, from 10am to 4pm. Entry $2.

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