Epic garage sale as iconic vintage shop prepares to pack up
FOR the past eight years Heath's Old Wares at Bangalow has been a Mecca for collectors of objects from a bygone era.
But on October 23, Ross and Eve Heath will move out of their iconic shed and shop tucked in behind Bangalow's main street shops.
Between now and then they will be staging possibly Australia's largest garage sale to reduce the quantity of objects they have to pack up and store while they look for new premises.
"We love the town, we love the people and we love the location," said Mrs Heath. "It's been a wonderful, wonderful experience, but the rent has gone up so we can't stay."
- Spotted Diana ware pottery produced from the 1940s to the 1960s
- Collection of dairying machinery
- A large collection of Akubra hats and hat boxes
The couple has been in the collectibles business for 25 years and live in a house close by and work in the business full time.
They consider themselves lucky to have an occupation that is their life, their work and their passion.
"We don't sell through the internet. We prefer to have a physical shop where people come to browse and buy and we can see the expression on their faces," said Mr Heath.
"We're not antiques dealers.
"We sell old wares and collectibles that are a little bit more rustic and raw. The patina of age and history gives the objects an inherent beauty."
They also supply props for many movie and television productions, and are currently providing old chains and ropes, stools and trunks to the production of Pirates of the Caribbean, which is filming on the Gold Coast.
The Heaths often end up with old photos and documents including some from the First World War.
"These can be quite poignant," said Mrs Heath.
"It's sad the letters like this end up here and not in the collection of the original family, but it's also what makes them special to us."