That which came . . . just has to go
Come artists, makers, manufacturers and those with an eye for curious things. An extraordinary garage sale in Muriwai will capture arty and artisan attention this weekend.
Muriwai residents Sue Haldane and Gary Willis are opening their workshop to share their collections from former workplaces including the downtown Queen St post office, Auckland Star and Tokoroa mill.
Furniture, tools and machinery, native timber and interesting objects found by the pair over the last 16 years will be on sale.
‘‘There’s a real mixed bagsomething for everyone,’’ Willis says.
Haldane says she can imagine visitors may say ‘‘ my grandfather used to work at this place’’ or ‘‘ we remember that’’.
‘‘I want people to use the potential from these objects to make and work on their own ideas and creativity.’’
The pair own The Boiler Room which used to have a retail presence in the city, host exhibitions and work in parallel with the film industry.
Now they’ve moved the business back to Muriwai and are having a change of pace.
‘‘As time went on we had way too much stuff to make for our projects,’’ Haldane says.
The garage sale will also help clear their workshop so it can become a working space.
Haldane has a theatre background and is interested in finding a way to tell the stories of where the couple went and who they met when they attended plant closures and factory and institutional decommissionings.
‘‘You name it, we were there. We had three containers – we’re down to one container now,’’ she says.
Sweet storage: Above, a sorting box from the downtown Queen St post office could become a practical piece of arty potential. Left: There’s a real mixed bag of treasures the practical person can pick up.
Practical spoils: Sue Haldane and Gary Willis are opening their Muriwai workshop to share their collections from former New Zealand workplaces this weekend.
Sharp note: Trade tools and machinery are some of the main items available at the garage sale in Muriwai.