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From the Editor

Last issue, for the first time that I can remember, the magazine was late. We know you noticed, because we had people calling us thinking maybe their copy had got lost in the mail, or perhaps their subscription had expired and they hadn't realised. But what actually happened was that a few days after we lodged the files with the printer, the administrators stepped in and halted all work at the print company. We were actually really lucky, because our magazine had already been printed and was on its way to the bindery. If it hadn't been, I'm not sure when it would have been released.. if at all! Needless to say the people working at the print company had no idea of what was about to happen, and to their eternal credit the ones who stayed (most walked out when they were told they wouldn't be paid) managed to get the jobs that were stuck in the system out and to their destinations.. it just took quite a lot longer than usual.

Actually, while I'm talking about magazines being late I'd like to put in a whinge about Australia Post. When we send a magazine to a customer, it costs us $5 in postage. For that $5, Australia Post can take anything up to three weeks to deliver the magazine. It gets to the UK before it gets to Tasmania! We probably take more phone calls from people who are waiting..waiting..waiting for their magazine to arrive via Australia Post than we do for anything else. And unfortunately there's not really anything we can do about it. We already pay an extra fee for the subscriber copies to be sent Priority, but I think all that means is they go via quite slow mail instead of via really, really slow mail.

Last issue we told you about the impending retirement of antiques stalwart Dean Donovan from Antique Market Grote Street, and this issue we have two more dealers throwing in the towel! Sandy from Ringwood Antique Market in Victoria is retiring at the end of June, and so is Brisbane stalwart Kym James from Commercial Road Antique Centre. Kym was Australia's first woman auctioneer and she's always had a soft spot for antique furniture, but she's decided she's had enough of lumping it around and she'd quite like to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation. I can't say I blame them - they've both been in the trade for three decades and more. It's a bonus for collectors, though, because there's a store-wide sale on at both centres until the end of June.

If you're not really interested in shopping but you'd like to give your brain a bit of a teaser, have a look at the Mystery Objects on page 75. This page was suggested by Ian Spellerberg, who's one of our New Zealand readers, and I think it's a great idea. We'd love you to write in, either to reveal the purpose of a mystery object or to pose your own mystery. Meanwhile, have a look at the item shown here. It's clearly a bookmark.. or is it? I hope you enjoy the magazine!

Julie Carter
Editor, Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit