The Melrose House Antique and Collectables Fair is back in Pretoria

Taking place on the 16th of December 2015, the Melrose House Antique and Collectables Fair is one of the best markets in Pretoria to be if you love all things vintage. Boasting vintage clothing, furniture and antiques for sale, this one of the events in Pretoria you do not want to miss.


Entrance is only R 10.00 and children under the age of 10 can join the fun for free. Boasting over 120 exhibitors from all over the country, this outdoor fair is a great place to find unique Christmas gifts and enjoy the day with family and friends.


What to expect

If you love all things old and vintage, you will love everything about the Melrose House Antique and Collectables Fair. Exhibitors are still being introduced on the Melrose House Vintage and Collectable Fair’s Facebook Page, but we have a stunning list of what you can expect.


One of the yearly markets in Pretoria, the Melrose House Antique and Collectables Fair offers a day filled with fun, good food and stunning vintage pieces and antiques for sale. The ideal place for both collectors and enthusiastic treasure hunters, the fair plays hosts to dealers offering everything from antique jewellery and vintage clothing, to glassware and vintage furniture.


With the Salvation Army’s Brass Band playing Christmas Carols to really get you into the mood for a uniquely South African Christmas, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Melrose House Museum and its beautiful memories from the past.


You will also have the opportunity to see some of the best handcrafted items in Pretoria. Supporting local artisans, the fair will have tons of goodies – from beautifully crafted leather products and designed craft, to baby clothes for sale and goods fit for all the fashionistas out there.


Foodies will also be at home at this year’s stunning event. Using fresh produce, your food options are diverse, offering everything from South African to Thai dishes. There is also something for the sweet tooth in you with a range of yummy desserts to choose from.


Some of the exhibitors you can see at this fair include:

Let Love Clothing

Wilma from Let Love Clothing will most definitely be one of the exhibitors to visit if you are looking for clothes for sale that boasts a couture look and feel. Made to measure up to high standards, these clothing pieces, inspired by timeless designs and elegance, are perfect if you are looking for pieces with a vintage flair.


The Belgian Waffles Cart

After a long day of shopping for vintage clothing and antique jewellery, treat yourself to a toasty Belgian Waffle fit for a king. Served from a beautifully colourful cart, you will have a choice of toppings ranging from fresh fruit to ice-cream and Nutella. Definitely a must-taste for the foodies out there, we are sure that you won’t be able to resist.


Rebekha’s Antiques

If you are looking for world class advice, Rebekha’s Antiques is a must see. A generalist dealer in everything from antiques to collectibles, she is a must-stop if you are interested in antiques.


Blond Butter Bakery

If you have a weakness for cupcakes, be sure to stop by Blond Butter Bakery’s stand. Run by two sisters who have a passion for beautiful things and baking, you can chomp down on some delicious sweetness ranging from fudgy chocolate cupcakes to salted caramel cupcakes.


Aside from vintage clothing and antiques for sale, other unmissable action at this year’s Melrose House Antique and Collectables Fair includes Pizza Cones, beautiful handcrafted items, art deco items, books, collectable toys, glass and silverware, porcelain and automobilia, to name but a few examples. Definitely one of the events in Pretoria you cannot miss!

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About Melrose House Museum

Commissioned by George Heys and designed by WT Vale, Melrose House was erected in 1880 and named after Melrose Abbey in Scotland – a place where Heys and his wife visited on honeymoon. The house itself stayed in the Heys family until 1968 after which the then City Council of Pretoria purchased it and transformed it into a museum.


Used as the headquarters for the British during the Second Boer War, the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging was also signed here on the 31st of May, 1902. With its structure remaining unaltered, it was restored between 1990 and 1992, and today still features some of the original décor including the couch house where you can find George Heys’ Minerva.

Boasting Victorian design styles and décor, the Melrose House also showcases the transition to Edwardian design styles and architecture. Gilded ceilings, stained-glass and a clay tennis court are only some of the beautiful designs that can be seen at the museum.

If you can appreciate vintage furniture, antiques and architecture, or would love to learn more about South Africa and its history, Melrose House Museum is a must. Visiting the museum, you can opt to either explore the grounds on your own or organise a guided tour. Regular workshops about the Victorian era and Anglo-Boer War are also held for both the young and old.


Vintage Furniture and Antiques for sale on Junk Mail

Junk Mail is a great place to hunt for bargains and beautiful vintage clothing, furniture and antiques for sale.

Priced at R 7 999, this Antique Chicago Cottage Reed Parlour-style Organ is truly a stunning piece. Manufactured by the Chicago Cottage Company in the 1800s, this organ is crafted from walnut.


Looking for shabby chic, vintage style furniture? Why not opt for these two distressed side tables. Beautifully decorated to give that old-school, vintage look, these side tables will make a great addition to any living room.


If you have a particular interest in antique spoons, this collection might be perfect for you. Priced at R 5 000, this collection features spoons from all over the world.


Into collecting old cameras? You will go crazy for this Voigtlander Anastigmat Braunschweig camera. Priced at R 1 000, this piece is for sale in Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.


Interested in adding a touch of vintage to your home? This Vintage Scope and Photos are absolutely perfect! Priced at R 1 000, these items are for sale in Durban.

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If you are interested in vintage dresses, this stunning wedding dress is perfect. Handmade in the sixties, it is priced at R 3 500 and for sale in Pretoria East.


Looking for vintage clothing and antiques for sale but can’t attend markets in Pretoria? Never fear! Junk Mail has a range of vintage items – from antique jewellery to vintage furniture. Selling your antiques? Place your FREE AD by visiting today!


Annabel Schoeman

SEO'er, blogger and lover all things weird, wacky and interesting.

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2 Responses

  1. T0M says:

    Your article is incorrect. It was NOT the council of Tshwane that purchased the building, but the City Council of Pretoria.
    Tshwane city council was not in existence at the time of the purchase (1968).
    Tshwane is, in fact, a conglomeration of several municipalities that all existed far prior to 2011, one of which is Pretoria itself.

    Please correct your blog/article.

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