Mixing business with pleasure

CANDACE HALL had a problem. After years of collecting bits and pieces on her travels, the cost of storing her sizable collection had become too expensive.

And apart from the growing financial burden, she believed she simply had too many things.

Her solution was simple: open a collectables shop and sell off part of the ever-growing collection, which includes many popular retro pieces.

“I've been collecting all my life,” Ms Hall said. “On your travels when you are collecting your own things, you see other pretty things that you just can't walk by.

“It was a passion I got from my mother, but I had so much stuff in storage I thought I had to do something about it.”

So Rosemount Collectibles in Molesworth St, Lismore, opposite the corner with Magellan St, was born about 18 months ago.

Her stock, which Ms Hall tries to turn over as much as possible to keep the shop fresh, includes retro kitchenalia, old costume jewellery, movie and TV memorabilia, dolls, general bric ‘n' brac, vintage clothing and furniture.

“It started out as a hobby that I turned into a business out of necessity,” she said with a laugh.

“I've been working since I was 16 in jobs I really didn't like and it's nice to have a passion in your job. I don't want to do something for the next 30 years that I don't have a passion for.

“There is definite market for this around Lismore.”

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