Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Passion and Obsession; Collecting Trends Come and Go, but Some Items Remain Popular ,Co like Kitchenware, Jewellery, Militaria and Toys

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Passion and Obsession; Collecting Trends Come and Go, but Some Items Remain Popular ,Co like Kitchenware, Jewellery, Militaria and Toys

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Byline: Tracey Webster

QUIRKY COLLECTABLES

Old oil tins

Unused airline sick bags

Bellybutton fluff

Fruit stickers

Tractor seats

Barbed wire

Princess Diana memorabilia

WHETHER for practical, sentimental or perhaps obsessive reasons, most people have C[pounds sterling]stuffC[yen] cluttering their lives.

But for some people, collecting particular items is more than one day coming to the realisation that they have a fridge magnet from every place they have ever visited.

For some people, collecting is an exciting pastime.

On the Sunshine Coast, antiques and other collectables are popular and well-represented.

A number of shops are dedicated to sought-after items and at least five antiques and collectables fairs are held on the Coast each year, attracting visitors from all over Australia.

Nambour's quarterly Collectorama Antiques and Collectables Fair event coordinator Laurie Wall said the fairs attracted thousands of people with wide-ranging collections.

C[pounds sterling]People collect everything,C[yen] Mrs Wall said. C[pounds sterling]It really depends on what takes their fancy and what they can afford.

C[pounds sterling]Sometimes it has to do with where their life path takes them Co if someone works in a library, they might collect books Co or it could be totally unrelated.C[yen]

In almost 20 years of fairs, Mrs Wall has seen collecting trends come and go.

But she says the items that remain popular Co such as old kitchenware, antique jewellery, militaria and toys Co do so for a reason.

C[pounds sterling]It's all about an appreciation of beauty and craftsmanship,C[yen] Mrs Wall said.

C[pounds sterling]Sometimes things get discarded and not loved, but when they become part of a collection, they become loved again.

C[pounds sterling]Things can become part of this unending spiral of ownership, getting passed on from generation to generation.C[yen]

Local collector Lynn Foster understands this love of all things old.

For more than 30 years, the Sunshine Coast Antiques and Collectables Club secretary has been an avid collector of a range old china, kitchenware, letters and birthday cards that date back to the 1800s and early 1900s. …

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