Call goes out for col­lec­tors

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ALEXIS Plath is re­minded of her mum when­ever she opens her wardrobe.

Hang­ing up are 20 im­pres­sive 1950s, 1960s and 1970s ball gowns that were per­son­ally de­signed and made by her mum, Mar­i­lyn Plath, whom she sadly lost to can­cer just four years ago.

“I haven’t had the heart to get rid of them. Ev­ery time I see one of them, I can re­mem­ber Mum wear­ing them,” she said.

The dresses were spe­cially made for lo­cal balls and func­tions, which she of­ten fre­quented with her hus­band, Alf, who was shire chair­man for 21 years.

“She al­ways was a very good sewer,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one waited to see what con­coc­tion she would come up with next.”

In mem­ory of her mum, Mrs Plath will showcase the spe­cial gowns at the Childers Arts Space’s (CHARTS) Col­lec­ta­ma­nia ex­hi­bi­tion this month. Just like Mrs Plath, you too can take part in the re­gion’s own “an­tiques road­show”.

The Val­u­a­tions Day and Col­lec­ta­ma­nia ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing will be held at CHARTS on Satur­day, Septem­ber 20.

Col­lec­ta­ma­nia will showcase not only the amaz­ing ob­jects peo­ple col­lect, but also the unique sto­ries of the col­lec­tors them­selves, and what got them started on their col­lect­ing jour­ney.

Unique lo­cal col­lec­tions will range from Vegemite jars to vin­tage cam­eras to bis­cuit tins.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Gal­leries exhibitions of­fi­cer and Col­lec­ta­ma­nia ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor Trudie Leigo said Col­lec­ta­ma­nia would pro­vide an in­sight into about 30 peo­ple’s unique pas­sions.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion will dis­play a sam­ple of each per­son’s col­lec­tion and pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the in­di­vid­ual and their unique col­lec­tion – what in­spired them to col­lect, fur­ther de­tails of their col­lec­tion and why they love them,” Ms Leigo said.

“I have a love of trawl­ing through sec­ond-hand and an­tiques stores, as well as op shops. I think an ob­ject is more beau­ti­ful if it has lived a pre­vi­ous life and has a story at­tached to it.

“I come from a fam­ily who love to col­lect, and spent a good chunk of my child­hood rum­mag­ing around old ru­ral prop­er­ties, their houses and rub­bish dumps.”

She said the val­u­a­tion days and ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing would be great en­ter­tain­ment, pro­vid­ing the re­gion with its own episode of the popular TV show An­tiques Road­show.

“Peo­ple will be able to come along on the day and watch an as­sort­ment of items be­ing as­sessed by War­ren Joel, a cer­ti­fied prac­tis­ing valuer.

“We are bring­ing War­ren up from Mel­bourne. He has more than 35 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, and has run many val­u­a­tion days all across the coun­try. So if any­one has ever won­dered if that vase of Grandma’s lurk­ing in the back cup­board is worth any­thing, now is the op­por­tu­nity to find out some more in­for­ma­tion about it.”

“Col­lec­ta­ma­nia will fea­ture a range of col­lec­tions rang­ing from 100 year old vin­tage post­cards, a com­pre­hen­sive Star Wars col­lec­tion, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions that in­clude ra­dios through to phones and telex ma­chines,” she said.

Col­lec­ta­ma­nia will con­tinue un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 9.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOR­GEOUS GOWNS: Alexis Plath with her mother’s ex­quis­ite ball gowns.

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