Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Junk Lady's Place

One of my favourite places to shop in South Gippsland is at the junk lady’s property. Her real name is Maria but we all call her the junk lady. An interesting old doll who likes to use the “f” word a lot, sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re having a conversation or getting verbally abused. Maria runs her recycling salvage business on a couple of acre block just a few minutes’ drive outside of the small town of Foster.

From the outside the place looks like disorganized chaos, from the inside the place IS disorganized chaos. Rows and row of old rusty shipping container, sheds, caravans and truck boxes filled to overflowing of old junk, furniture, tools, bits of old houses, boxes full of foreign language media, bric-a-brac and so on. Ah many an hour could be spent rummaging around finding long forgotten gems, but i recommend a torch and some old clothes as the old shipping containers are pretty dark and dusty.

Beyond shipping container ally at the back of the property you’ll find an interesting selection of rusty metal stuff, road signs, bits of old cars and bikes, and a bath tub or five. I always manage to find a handful of objects to incorporate in to my work (and a several handfuls of stuff to clutter up my house with, that i don’t need)

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