The parrot milk jug
Trip Start Dec 2005
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Anne and I stood directly in front of Faye's collections of donkeys, the rest of the herd were located throughout other cupboards. 100s of 1950s porcelain statues gleamed up at us, lustre wear, drip glaze, Mexican style it was an international collection that would have driven any collector mad. Faye the proud owner of this collection had placed an add in the Port Stephens Examiner earlier in the week and Anne and I had managed to add it to the list of things to do on Friday. Having a garage sale on a Friday was a bit of an odd thing in itself and Faye explained that it was her daughter's idea to have it on the Friday instead of the Saturday. A custom she had practiced in the country.
Pates pottery has been one of my weak points. Australian pottery interests me the way the artists used colour and the drip glaze method of the 1950s is a fascination if not an obsession. At the garage sale i had spotted a small pot and couldnt help but ask if Faye had any other bits and pieces she wanted to sell. Within minutes we found ourselves in her living room and on a tour of her house. If this place had been in Europe it would be converted to a museum and people would happily pay one euro to walk through it.
The thrill of the bargain surged through me, like the way it moved through a possessed crowd at the post christmas sales in Newcastle. But it was difficult to decide what was a good price with the excitement. Faye was clearly a seller, and she asked a fair price, she considered what selling the items would cost her and deducted the administration fees. After a short period of bargaining i finally made my decision and had in hand 3 fantastically large pieces of Australian pottery.
Seeing two people openly passionate about ceramics was so refreshing. Not only did Faye and Cathy have their collection on show -as well as in the bedroom- but they also talked about it fondly and with pride: Simply put their enthusiasm was a contrast to the lonely elderly man at housie the night before.