Ron Selby and Zack Brice at the Allora Auction.
Ron Selby and Zack Brice at the Allora Auction.

Used items find new enthusiasts

SHE has been a collector of old trinkets and antique furniture since before she can remember.

So Rose Perna was in her absolute element at the Allora Auction.

Just minutes after strolling through the gates yesterday, Mrs Perna from Clifton was waving her number in the air and bidding on a set of antique scales.

The solid old dark green and gold scales weighed what seemed like a tonne.

Mrs Perna said they would make a nice addition to her kitchen.

"We've got an old house," she said.

"So it looks really good to have old furniture and old things in it," she said.

Despite what some think, buying things second-hand isn't always cheap.

Mrs Perna paid $180 for the scales, but said she was pleased with her purchase.

"It's a bargain for me, because I just wanted them," she said.

The previous owner had painted a few small flowers around the rim of the scales.

Mrs Perna said she would most likely remove those and add her own special touches.

"I will probably strip it down and re-do it back to its original form," she said.

"Or, I do folk art.

"So depending on how it looks close up, I might re-paint it, or just leave it."

Mrs Perna said she was fascinated by old items.

She saw collecting these items as capturing an era that had passed.

"What fascinates me, is that all this era is gone," she said.

"It actually upsets me a little bit."

Which is why she has filled her home with funky old furniture.

She wants to do her bit to make sure that the legacy of these wonderful times live on.

Rose Perna from Clifton scored this old set of scales at the Allora Auction.
Rose Perna from Clifton scored this old set of scales at the Allora Auction.


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