Collection of history at trading post

31 Dec, 2011 02:00 AM
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Pitchers Trading Post carries a range of fascinating memorabilia, bric a brac and antiques.
Pitchers Trading Post carries a range of fascinating memorabilia, bric a brac and antiques.

WALKING into Pitchers Trading Post in Donnybrook is like stepping back in time.

And that's exactly the impression John and Alma Pitchers hope to give people who visit their large antique and bric-a-brac store.

Pitchers is hard to miss, and the large, old house next to Donnybrook's Fruit Barn, is one of the first things tourists notice entering the township.

The verandah and front yard, laden with historical artefacts and antique furniture, entices many a visitor to pull over and explore what lays inside.

And it's well worth a visit.

The many rooms inside the house are packed with fascinating antiques and memorabilia, from all eras.

A Depression-era shoe shine chest, jerry cans, rare artefacts, antique furniture, old tools, coffee crates and sewing machines are just some of the treasures that wait to be discovered.

The couple's pride and joy is a three wheel sedan "bath chair", which was commissioned by Queen Victoria and King Edward and built by John Ward.

Gas lamps, a rare military camel saddle, ancient glassware, army jackets, vintage clothing and jewellery can also be found.

John and Alma are from South Africa originally, where they ran an auctioneering business.

After moving to WA, they were drawn to Donnybrook through their son, who was involved in downhill mountain biking, a lot of which takes place in nearby Nannup and the Ferguson Valley.

Pitchers was established five years ago in a large shed in Donnybrook, but the couple relocated to their current location on South West Highway about 12 months ago.

John said the move had paid off, with many visitors stopping off as they passed through town, or popping in after a visit at the Fruit Barn next door.

Many of the items in the store were brought over with the couple from South Africa, but they have since sourced a lot of pieces locally.

"We get a lot of calls from people to go out to estates and farms, which are downsizing, so we are on our toes all the time," John said.

"It's quite surprising, you'll have somebody passing through who takes interest in a particular item, then you'll get a call from up north saying 'I'm a collector of traps', and it goes from there.

"It's really a small worl d with some folk prepared to travel quite a distance, and word gets around to other collectors."

The couple are hoping to open a store in Boyanup in the next 12 months, as they still have a lot of items in storage.

John said Pitchers Trading Post carried "a bit of everything", covering all eras.

"Our collections range from postcards, to fountain pens to watches, toys, dolls and jewellery," he said.

"Nowadays you've got to have a bit of everything, from $2 upwards.

"We are a bit like a museum but there's always mileage from people stopping in.

"A lot of older folk come in to browse and it brings back memories for them."

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hi john
5/10/2014 3:56:36 PM, on Farm Weekly

hi john im wondering if your still interested in my antiques hi alma and john its brett from collie saw john last monday ill give number again in case lost 0478215201 thanks brett

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