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The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - ELISSA LAWRENCE

Nurse Sally Nis­sen

Col­lect­ing kitchena­lia is some­thing I can’t stop. I pick up all sorts of kitchen items in my trav­els. My in­ter­est started around the time I moved to Bris­bane from Nam­bour [Sun­shine Coast] to study my nurs­ing de­gree at Queens­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

I started op-shop­ping with my sis­ter [Paula, 36], which we still do to­gether when we get the chance. I find items from op shops, an­tique shores and on­line. One of my favourite places is Padding­ton An­tique Cen­tre [in Bris­bane’s in­ner west, which has just cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary]. I’m there, on av­er­age, once a month. There’s an­other awe­some op shop at Ul­marra, in north­ern NSW.

I love any­thing or­ange and I have lots of or­ange items, in­clud­ing can­is­ters, kitchen scales, but­ter dishes, a milk jug, sugar con­tainer, cake server, mix­ing bowls, serv­ing bowls and a bread bin. I have 11 dif­fer­ent col­lec­tions of can­is­ters that make up about 50 in­di­vid­ual pieces. One of the col­lec­tions is an or­ange and yel­low sun­flower can­is­ter set I in­her­ited from my hus­band’s grand­mother [Berenice] when she died a few years ago.

My hus­band [Paul, 37] col­lects cig­a­rette cases and shot glasses. We shop to­gether some­times. Paul and I met at the Nor­manby Ho­tel [at Red Hill, in­ner-west Bris­bane] and three years ago we eloped to Las Ve­gas. About a year later, we had an Alice in Won­der­land- themed cel­e­bra­tion in our back yard, and I wore a ’50s-in­spired white dress with a pink pet­ti­coat.

I also col­lect snow globes – I have about 50; I buy one wher­ever we travel and Paul buys a shot glass. Babushka dolls are an­other item I col­lect and I have about 15 from places such as New Zealand, Dubai, Ger­many, Prague, and an Alice in

Won­der­land one from Mel­bourne. I may not know the story be­hind each item but I’m sure there is some mean­ing and his­tory be­hind it all. I also buy vin­tage hand­bags, old sewing para­pher­na­lia, ma­te­rial, books, clothes, ma­te­rial, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories.

Mum [Pam, 60] used to sew all our clothes when we were kids and when I’m not busy with work – at Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal [South Bris­bane], in in­fec­tion con­trol – I try to make some of my clothes. I also make stuffed an­i­mals or bibs for friends’ ba­bies. I can’t help pick up things as I go.



I like hav­ing older stuff. I may not know the story be­hind each item but I’m sure there is some mean­ing and his­tory.

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