I was looking on our Just Sheds Flickr Group the other day and noticed a great shed…. well the shed was a normal metal shed in Sydney, Australia, but it was what was stored inside that took my shed breath away.
I will leave it to sheddie Alex to explain.
As you will see what I collect is varied.
It may be easier to list what I don’t collect, which is glassware & porcelain (unless it holds beer of course)
I try to group things together in themes and like a good bower bird everything is placed ‘just so’
I can spend a LOT of time displaying a new addition – making a frame/shelf/cabinet/bracket. Sometimes just wire and magnets. I have recycled quite a few old fence palings to make picture frames and shelving.
MY COLLECTIONS: You could place the word Old (or Vintage) in front of everything listed below;
- Tools: workshop / garden / unusual tools (rustier the better – de-rusting is a favorite pastime)
- Oil Cans, oilers, grease guns.
- Still Cameras / Movie Cameras / Slide Projectors / Movie Projectors and related items.
- Breweriana: drink trays, tankards/steins, cork screws, soda siphons, coasters, bottles etc
- Militaria: esp trench art
- Weaponry: faux: guns, swords, spears, jousting lance, mace, battle axe, war hammer etc
- Native Spears n Bows (some real and some faux)
- Maritime: boats, oars, rowlocks, telescopes, ship lights, ship candle holder etc
- Fishing: rods, reels, baskets, hooks, floats, lures, nets, spear-guns etc
- Pirate related (how do you know if you’re a pirate? . . . you just argh!)
- Kitchenalia (yes it’s sad – but I like anything old – and they’re sort of tools?)
- Ned Kelly / Gold Fields / Colonial.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge / Sydney Opera House.
- Cowboy / American Western, cap-guns, holsters, injun arrows, covered wagon etc
- Snow Domes.
- Sporting Equipment (which is a bit odd as have never played or followed sport)
- Calculators: Manual, electronic, abacus, and a 1992 ‘vintage’ laptop
- Oil Lamps (any old lamp really)
- Robots (just toy ones)
- Electrical: microphones, earphones, large light globes, valves, telegraph etc
- Games, Puzzles, Toys.
- Music: instruments (gourd-xylophone, thumb-piano etc) records, cylinders, piano rolls
- Transport: Model boats / model cars / model trains / model cable cars / model planes
- Ink Wells, Ink Pens, Writing / Drawing instruments and gadgets / typewriters
- Tins: biscuit tins, sweet tins, tobacco tins, big tins, little tins.
- Tobacco related: pipes, pipe tools, cheroot holders
- Coins and Tokens (esp for Sydney Harbour Bridge)
Pretty much anything old / unusual / interesting.
Most items I purchase are usually damaged, grubby or rusty. I very much enjoy reviving them and have often saved an item from certain land-fill.
I like to research and tag items where I can. I now have quite a few mystery items and have included a section for some of these. I would appreciated any information that could help identify them.
My personal favorites:
– Matchstick model of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (very old – 1932 halfpennies inlaid)
– Jousting Lance – made from scrap (a homage to the movie: The Castle)
– Zulu Shield (¾ size tourist souvenir from Africa)
What unique things to you collect in your shed? let me know via thattwitter or in the comments.
Of course if you think you have a better shed than Alex or the sheddies then why not Share your Shed for Shed of the year 2011!