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The Editor's Article

From the Editor

Well! There's certainly been a lot going on in the antique and collectables world in the past few months! Here's a quick overview: The Sydney Antique Centre has undergone a shock closure just before its 40th anniversary (cue the developer's wrecking ball)... Mentone Beach Antique Centre is closing so owners Barbara and Michel can retire... The Wentworth Markets in Sydney are rumoured to be closing (cue the second developer's wrecking ball)... Bella Cosa Antiques in Sawtell have doubled the size of their premises... Collectorium have moved from the Canberra Antiques Centre to set up their own shop in Fyshwick... Hobart Town Antique Jewellery has recently opened its doors in Hobart... Reel Memories has made the move to open a new shop in Rosebery, Sydney... King's Antiques in Bathurst have moved to new and bigger premises... Rhonda from Southside Antique Centre has been off on a big buying trip... Sovereign Antiques are expecting a new container in August... and The Collectables Trader magazine has closed its pages for good. For more in-depth information on all of the above, have a look at the Australian column in the Movers and Shakers section, and the Bits and Pieces pages.

The best piece of news for us, of course, is that we're back to producing a magazine every three months! That's right... we're going quarterly again, so there will be a Spring 2014 magazine released in September, and a Summer 2014/15 magazine released in December, and four magazines next year. We know it's been a bit confusing, and we'd really like to thank all of you for sticking with us.

If you're a subscriber you'll already know that we're back to being a quarterly publication, and we'd also really like to thank the literally hundreds of you who returned our Reader Survey! We've been given loads of potential subject ideas and we've already been busily researching some of them. The feedback was amazing and it will enable us to produce an even better magazine.

Just before I sign off, I'd like to invite everyone to enter our competition to win an antiques-hunting weekend for two at the Strathalbyn Antiques Fair. We've worked in conjunction with the fair organisers to come up with a package that includes 2 nights accommodation in an historic cottage, breakfast for 2, free fair entry all weekend and a $200 travel voucher. All up it's valued at more than $580 and entry to the competition is completely free - just follow the prompts on the home page banner. Good luck!

Julie Carter.