PE to host first collectors’ fair

2017-06-28 06:01
Organisers Elsje Smuts (left) and Craig Pannell show off a cross section of collectibles that will be on display and for sale on July 21 and 22 at Walmer Park Shopping Centre.                 Photo:SUPPLIED

Organisers Elsje Smuts (left) and Craig Pannell show off a cross section of collectibles that will be on display and for sale on July 21 and 22 at Walmer Park Shopping Centre. Photo:SUPPLIED

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PASSIONATE collectors of all persuasions will have the chance to discover sought-after items to add to their treasures when Port Elizabeth’s first vintage, retro, geek, collectibles, cosplay and hobbies fair takes place at Walmer Park Shopping Centre on July 21 and 22.

The annual event has been named (con)fuze and promises to fuse an eclectic mix of intertwined interests, designed to attract young and old.

According to organisers Elsje Smuts and Craig Pannell, the time is right for the Bay to host such an inclusive and comprehensive event.

“The age of the collector is most certainly upon us,” said Pannell. “Gone are the days of fringe subcultures being only for the collector or the hobbyist or the geek – these different subcultures are now more widespread than ever and have become, in a real sense, mainstream.”

He said PE has hosted successful hobbies fairs and toy shows in the past, but the last one happened more than a decade ago.

“While PE is home to some very good antique and vintage shops, it has never hosted a comprehensive retro or collectibles fair,” he said.

Pannell said the interest in the event from the Bay’s thousands of collectors, hobbyists, geeks and cosplayers has been significant so far.

“The aim of (con)fuze is to create an authentic platform for young and old to share in these vastly different yet connected experiences and interests.”

Smuts said there will be national exhibitors as well, including steampunk designer Lynette Penny, Johannesburg-based graphic artist Mel Dixon and Cape Town cosplayers Anzel Schutz and Genevieve Lesch.

“This event is all-encompassing. We have displays of the more ‘traditional’ collections, such as vintage cars, rugs, stamps and antique jewellery, and we also have modern and vintage TV games and comics, handmade geek jewellery, cosplay, and comic and graphic art.”

She said collectibles on display would include coins and medals, books and photographs, as well as Star Wars, Coca-Cola, and garage-related memorabilia.

For more info contact Smuts on 082 873 7663.

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