There was an awesome collection of collectables and bits and bobs for sale at the event, and naturally these would catch my eye; after all I am somewhat of a collectable bit myself. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) buying some of them would have meant using up the small stash of SA Rands that I had and trying to find space in my suitcase for a slightly used elephant would have been impossible. I could look but not buy.
It is amazing when you think of what can be construed as collectable, and I know I am always on the lookout for retro items, however, many people collect items of a motoring or military nature (to name but a few), and of course there is a gender bias too. The sad reality is that one man’s junk is another man’s collectable.
Toys probably make up a vast genre all of their own
About 2 hours from closing time I went for a stroll in Modderfontein to have a look at the old houses that we passed on our way. I had never really investigated this part of the East Rand before so it is all new to me.
Some of the old houses were spectacular, although most were now occupied by small businesses.
And of course being South Africa palisade fencing, electric fences and barbed wire obscures everything.
And if you are lucky you may even see the Gautrain hurtling back from the airport.
Overall though it is a very pretty area and of course the Jacarandas are in bloom but the grass is bone dry.
I headed back to the meet, ready for round 2 or 3 of my walkaround. Things were definitely getting quieter though, and many of the cars were now taking to the road as people headed home. We still had 2 hours to go though as we were helping one of the stall holders.
Obsolete technology does make up a vast section of collectables, and the demise of “analogue” photography had consigned a lot of camera equipment to the sale tables of history.
The same is true for analogue electrical test equipment. I used to use at least 3 of the items in the collection below.
It is kind of hard to show all the things that interested me and to explain why they did, but here are more.
However, one find that I made should never have been for sale in the first place, and it is a sad indictment of our society and how it has forgotten their forefathers that lost their lives fighting against Nazi tyranny. More information on Gordon Frederick Johnson is available from the South African War Graves Project
And that more or less concludes my look at the past. It is amazing what is out there, you just need to look all around you (and have lots of money too).
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