Summer 2013/Autumn 2014
First of all, a huge THANK YOU to all the readers who called and emailed us to say how much they love the magazine and how pleased they are that we're still publishing, even if it's only two times a year. It's so nice to get such positive feedback and it makes all the stress worthwhile. Did I say stress? Well, when we decided to go biannually I stupidly imagined that we'd have each magazine completed days before deadline, seeing as we would have more time to get each issue ready. I had visions of sending it to print and then enjoying a quiet glass of wine while we calmly reflected on a job well done, maybe with a few nibblies thrown in as we enjoyed the early summer evening. I forgot about the dealers who want to wait until the very last minute to send in their items for sale (you know who you are!)... and the couple of (nameless) dealers who make a habit of cancelling out two days before going to print (no more bookings from you guys, thanks), leaving us with a page or two fill... and writers who imagine a deadline is for everyone else and definitely not for them... and I failed to account for an early summer storm that shorted out the modem and stopped all email and internet connections for a highly crucial 24 hour period! And so here we are, a couple of days over deadline and racing to get the magazine uploaded to the printer. But the fact that you're reading my column means we got it done, and it really is a great mag this time, if we do say so ourselves.
We're really proud of our Home Sweet Home feature in this issue. Melbourne dealer Jamie Allpress shares some interesting decorating secrets and it's illustrated with lots of stunning photography from Russell Winnell. We also need to thank Greg and George Dean for their immeasurable help in compiling and illustrating our feature on Australian pot lids. If you'd like to find out more on the subject you can't go past Greg's web site. Then there's Ian the radio man, and we mean that in the sense of being a radio collector as well as working in the industry. He's penned a terrific 4-page feature on collecting radios and allowed us access to his collection for the accompanying images. We even got Michelle from Galerie Montmartre in Melbourne to write a great feature on collecting vintage posters - something we've been wanting to publish for years!
It's also quite an exciting time in the trade at the moment because there's interest in at least two brand new television shows aimed at collectors (not including Australian Pickers, which may or may not have a second season). It seems we're finally catching up to the UK and the USA, both of which have had a plethora of antiques and collectables shows for several years now. And the best part is that you can be involved! There's a new show planned by the team at Channel 7's Better Homes & Gardens and advertised in this magazine (page 24) which is aimed at collectors who pick up their treasures from garage sales, junk shops and council clean-ups.
And if you think you'll never find anything of any value at a council clean-up, turn to page 64 and read Maureen Mitchell's story! The other show is called Get Carter and is hosted by Alan Carter. It showcases people and their collections, from the weird and wonderful to whole collections that are for sale. You can get a free 30-minute preview DVD of Get Carter by placing an order for Alan's Collectioneers Annual or his new DVD boxed set - see the insert with this magazine. And finally, make sure you try our Summer Quiz. Apparently I need to try harder...