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.

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