Take a trip down mem­ory lane

The Tribune (NZ) - - SHOPPING -

Ter­race End An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles is a real trea­sure trove for any­one who loves fos­sick­ing through the past.

Owner Yas­min Key’s shop is full of preloved china, glass­ware, dec­o­ra­tive or­na­ments, linen, hats and fur­nish­ings, along with many other house­hold items.

Yas­min has been at her present shop at the top of Broad­way for al­most five years, af­ter mov­ing from her old shop in Main Street.

‘‘I have found that while tastes and fash­ions may have changed over the past few years there is still a strong de­mand for many dif­fer­ent types of col­lecta­bles, es­pe­cially toys and dolls as well as an­tique fash­ion jew­ellery.

‘‘I will look for a range of items that will ap­peal to both tra­di­tional col­lec­tors as well as more gen­eral items for peo­ple who are look­ing for a one off an­tique or or­na­ment to com­ple­ment their home,’’ says Yas­min.

Cur­rently the most pop­u­lar items are the use­ful smaller items such as kitchen items, small pieces of fur­ni­ture, light fit­tings and china.

‘‘I have quite a few pieces of an­tique and col­lectable china and porce­lain as well as a range of com­plete or par­tially com­plete din­ner sets. I’ll of­ten have a cus­tomer who wants to add pieces to an older din­ner set or re­place miss­ing pieces that have been bro­ken or dam­aged, and if I don’t have the item in the shop then I will try to source it for them.’’

Yas­min’s trea­sures date back to the late Vic­to­rian era and some of her 19th cen­tury items in­clude paint­ings and prints, jew­ellery and even an ice cream maker. Early mod­els of cam­eras, tools and in­stru­ments as well as toys are also ex­tremely pop­u­lar.

‘‘I like to think my cus­tomers will en­joy brows­ing through the shop and they will of­ten come across some­thing that re­ally ap­peals, ei­ther for them­selves or as that per­fect gift for a fam­ily mem­ber or friend.’’

Ter­race End An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles is also pop­u­lar with peo­ple who are do­ing up an old home and may be look­ing for some old brass hard­ware or light fit­tings to match the pe­riod of their home, or per­haps they want the odd dec­o­ra­tive fea­ture, which also serves a prac­ti­cal pur­pose, such as a brass fire­side set and coal scut­tle.

Ter­race End An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles is open from 10am till 4.45pm Mon­days to Thurs­days, 11am to 4.45pm Fri­days and from 10am to 2pm Satur­days but only over the sum­mer months. Dur­ing win­ter, Yas­min is avail­able on Satur­days by ap­point­ment and you can con­tact her on (06) 3575585.

Just a few of the many trea­sures to be found at Ter­race End An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles.

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