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STYLE GURUS predict that 1999 is the year that we will gravitate towards unusual, one-off or hand-crafted home furnishings. This is all very well but, by their very nature, such items are hard to track down. Antiques fit the bill perfectly, but if you lack the patience to trawl the countryside then "The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair" is a great way to gain an overview of what's available.

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AN ANTIQUES dealer who police believe raided the homes of up to 400 pensioners, escaping with valuables worth pounds 6m, was jailed for seven years.

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Even the stalls cost a bomb...

You'll need deep pockets to afford most of the items on sale at the Olympia Fine Arts and Antiques Fair - or you could just go window shopping.

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Solid, write-on antiques

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Ever wanted to wear high fashion designer-label clothes, but felt they were unapproachable, or too obviously "trendy"? The Independent fashion team can help. Next Wednesday at Liberty of Regent Street, we are holding a special evening for readers hosted by our senior stylist Sophia Neophitou, and fashion editor Tamsin Blanchard.

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