Antiques go back to the future
AN ANTIQUES shop that has operated out of premises in Flinders Way for 40 years has closed up and gone online.
Olsens Antiques manager Kathy Pike said taking the business online would mean it had fewer overheads and would be better able to serve its clientele all over Australia.
The business has its own website, but Ms Pike said she would sell second-hand parts of things so people could complete sets on eBay.
She said Olsens Antiques would have its 24/7 cyber shopfront, but would also sell at key fairs, trade, tourism and collectable events both in Bundaberg and across the state.
"This will help us generate traffic for our website," Ms Pike said.
"People like to browse during their leisure time, rather than the traditional nine-to-five days of old.
"In the past our customers were a generation without computers, but today most are internet savvy and surprised if a business doesn't have an online presence."
Ms Pike said the change would give her the opportunity to travel and source new and varied stock for the business.
She said that the biggest advantage of the transition was offering greater variety and quality for her clients.
"For many years now I have found it a bit frustrating being unable to cater to all of my collectors," Ms Pike said.
"Now I will have more time to travel to source even more interesting and exciting stock.
"I will be keeping in contact with our customers via Facebook and look forward to their ongoing support as well as meeting new collectors online and at festivals and fairs."
Olsens Antiques was founded by original owner Beryl Olsen, who traded from her Walker St home for some years before relocating in 1971 to the Flinders Way shopfront - made vacant when Andersens Music Store switched to its Bourbong St location in what is now Brumby's Bakery.
Olsens Antiques has been owned by Phil and Paula Pike for the past 10 years.
"We have had many interesting customers, from people who have worked for NASA, diplomats and politicians, a police commissioner, artists, television personalities and sporting identities," Ms Pike said.
"My favourite sales have been sharing the romance of helping couples select their engagement and wedding rings."
Ms Pike said the oldest item that she knew that had been sold through Olsens Antiques was an 18ct memorial locket with a portrait of a gentleman in period dress and a lock of hair in the back, from the 1850s.
"One of my favourite antique items was a dainty English oak dresser, which I am proud to say now resides in the kitchen at Hinkler House Museum," she said.