Discover treasures of the past
Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t still spoil yourself and if you’re into curios Yasmin Key, owner of Terrace End Antiques and Collectables, will be sure to have any number of items that will appeal to those of us who enjoy the nostalgia of the past.
From fine china and exquisite crystal to dolls, soft toys and paintings, furniture, lamps, tools and utensils, Terrace End Antiques and Collectables is a treasure trove for collectors and antique lovers.
‘‘I like to have a range of curios in the shop because you never know what people will like,’’ says Yasmin.
‘‘At this time of the year many of my customers are collectors from out of town and it’s always interesting talking to people from other parts of the country and even overseas. There are many similarities in the types of collectables people are after but there’s also a few surprising new and fashionable collectables.’’
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.
‘‘Lately I have had a number of customers from the Christchurch area. They are especially interested in crystal and older style dinner sets, as many people lost their heirloom dinner sets and china, as well as individual items, in the quakes,’’ says Yasmin.
‘‘If any customer is after a particular item to match an existing set of dinnerware or other collectable I will try to source it for them, and if the customer knows the manufacturer’s name and brings in a photo showing the style and pattern of the piece it makes it so much easier to find an exact match.’’
Terrace End Antiques and Collectables is also popular with people who are doing up an old home and may be looking for some brass hardware or light fittings to match the period of their home. Or perhaps the odd decorative feature which also serves a practical purpose such as a brass fireside set and coal scuttle. Yasmin says that her range of older of kitchenware and utensils is especially popular as people appreciate the durability and robust qualities of older kitchenware when compared to modern day items.
Yasmin is always on the lookout for good quality curios and collectables. If you are looking for curios or have interesting items to sell call in and see Yasmin at Shop-3 353 - 355 Broadway Avenue. Terrace End Antiques and Collectables is open from 10am till 4.45pm Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11am to 4.45pm Fridays and, over the summer, 10am to 4pm Saturdays.