Anyone interested in maritime art and antiques will be delighted to discover a new business that is preparing to open its doors to the community.
Even in a partially unpacked condition, upon entering the Imlay Street space, curiosity is well and truly piqued, with a feast of interesting objects to explore, which one might imagine being on display in a museum.
Having planned to move to Eden over three years ago, Lynda Paterson and Spencer Scott Sandilands have finally done so, and are very obviously excited to make their plans come true.
This new adventure for the couple is part of the continuity of an antiques business founded almost half a century ago.
Previously based in the historic Port Albert Township in South Gippsland, Victoria, Lynda said the store space on Eden’s Main Street is much larger than the one they previously operated.
âIt’s a nice big space, it’s perfect for what we want and do,â said Lynda.
âWe were ready for a change and we are people from the coast, Spencer is a fisherman and we both love the idea of ââa functioning harbor.
âWe believe this area is a better location for our business and that we will see a lot of interest in our inventory,â she said.
Spencer has previously run galleries and was a print and carpet dealer in Melbourne and Sydney, with 60 years in the industry, maritime art and antiques are his area of ââparticular interest.
A stay in Argentina also allowed Spencer to export antiques to Australia, some of which you can see in store.
There is a very diverse range of items to browse, from maritime instruments to maps and charts, scrimshaw, paintings, prints, furniture, light fixtures, books and ephemera, the mix of items is eclectic and steeped in history.
The marine and estuarine environment features in almost all of the exhibits, elements very appropriate for Eden’s coastal community and those who visit to appreciate and perhaps buy.
Some of the beautiful smaller items will be sent on the road for display at Eden Antiques.
Busy carrying more and more stock to the store on Monday, they hope to open to the public by early November.
It is planned to divide the rear area into a workshop for framing and assembly.
Once that takes place, the rest of the space will be painted and laid out to better showcase their unique products, including new lighting.
The couple want to get to know their new community better and Lynda said there has already been a lot of interest in their activities.
âEveryone seems really excited,â she said.
“It seems to me that there are a lot of changes in Eden and that is very positive.”
Spencer and Lynda would like to employ up to five people to help them run the business and those interested who have relevant experience in framing and selling antiques are encouraged to contact us: [email protected]