Not your usual an­tique shop

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT -

Ray owns Just Plane In­ter­est­ing lo­cated on Parrs Cross Rd in Hen­der­son.

How long have you owned Just Plane In­ter­est­ing?

I have owned this shop for 20 years. Be­fore this I owned gift shops in var­i­ous places across Auck­land. It was be­fore the $2 shops started open­ing.

I have been in re­tail for 43 years.

Where do you get all the stuff for your shop?

Ev­ery piece tells a story.

Peo­ple ring me up ev­ery­day and bring stuff in ev­ery­day.

I just did a quote for some­one those items were not suit­able for our shop so I pointed them in the right di­rec­tion.

What is your cri­te­ria for se­lect­ing things for the store?

It’s not so much the how old some­thing is. It is more about the uniqueness of it. I like bizarre and un­usual things.

You can­not ex­ist with con­ven­tional an­tiques, es­pe­cially in west Auck­land.

There are so many beau­ti­ful things to sell here and they en­com­pass all eras, right up to mod­ern times.

I like to daz­zle every­one with un­usual items.

I have so much stock that this shop and the one I have down the road are too small.

There is stock at four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions all wait­ing to come to the shop floor. There is just no room here.

Why is it im­por­tant to have un­con­ven­tional stuff in west Auck­land?

The mar­ket for just an­tiques is very limited. You have to be dif­fer­ent. West Auck­lan­ders are fired-up with imag­i­na­tion.

There are pock­ets here, like Ti­ti­rangi is fa­mous for its artists and so on.

There are lots of imag­i­na­tive peo­ple out here who rel­ish the unique stuff. It’s not a con­ven­tional place.

Why did you pick Parrs Cross Rd for your shop?

The back­drop is just beau­ti­ful. What is the most ex­pen­sive item you have sold in this shop?

It was an un­usual hand carved box and it sold for $12,400. But price-range wise we have some­thing for ev­ery­body.

We have things that are $1 like some the plates from Crown Lynn place from the 1960s.

Tell us about the most spe­cial item in your shop at the mo­ment.

It is a grand­fa­ther clock on sale for $3,750. It is about 250-300 years old, it’s in per­fect work­ing con­di­tion - just flaw­less.

One of my favourite items. It be­longed to a lovely el­derly gen­tle­man, he was a west Auck­land icon.

He died re­cently and be­queathed some of the stuff he owned to hos­pice and I got this through them.

An­tiques and unique items are a bit of an ac­quired taste for most peo­ple. Do you man­age to make a profit?

We do have a rev­enue but the over­heads are shock­ing. I rein­vest the money into stock.

Stock and over­heads - these two things eat the profit up quite nicely. I work seven-days-a-week.

The shop opens from 9am and closes at 5pm but I start ear­lier and go later ac­cord­ing to my day.

It de­pends on how many quotes I have to do and where I have to go.

I have busi­ness in Hast­ings and up to Thames.

On av­er­age I work 15 hour days. We are look­ing at ex­pand­ing and open­ing an­other shop out­side Auck­land.

* Just Plane In­ter­est­ing is lo­cated at 99 Parrs Cross Rd.

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