Not your usual antique shop
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.