Antiques for Everyone creaked open its doors to the public today, with some chilling collectables on offer in time for Halloween.
The popular fair, held at Birmingham’s NEC three times a year, has been going 18 years now and is the most successful of it’s kind in the UK.
This time round though “the more macabre and unique, the better” says exhibitor George Johnson. His spooky offerings include golden skulls, glass eyes and death masks. "The dark side of the antiques trade is doing really well... I have just sold a skull to a radio DJ!" he said.
Elsewhere on show, a 1920’s ventriloquist’s dummy and taxidermy items from the early 1900’s.
James Gooch, another dealer, says Gothic items are really popular - "People seem to want unusual and unique objects... They are one-offs and therefore have rarity value."
The show runs from today until Sunday 3rd November.