Neville Tyson holds a vintage German-made toy replica of a Bluebird racing car, dating back to 1928. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Wheeling and dealing in antiques is in the blood, a Green
Island shop owner says.
Mr Junks Collectables owner Neville Tyson said, like himself,
his father was a collector of many things.
''I had a father who collected everything. I think that's why
I started,'' he said.
Mr Tyson began collecting stamps at age 14 when he attended
Otago Boys' High School, which resulted in him opening up his
own stamp auction business, he said.
''Otago Boys' High School had a stamp club. I started my
business when I was 19 with the leftovers from my stamp
The 57-year-old said his stamp collecting evolved into
collecting the tins and valuable items that came with them,
which generated a higher profit than selling off the stamps
Selling the tins then led him into antique dealing. He opened
his first antique store in 1993.
The terrain of antique dealing had changed over the past few
decades, he said.
''When I started out [in stamps] over 30 years ago there were
35 antique stores around Dunedin. Now there are only about
This could be due to buyers moving to online stores to buy
their antiques, he said.
''I think places like Trade Me have made a huge difference.
''People can just buy what they want online now.''
Mr Tyson travels to the Hayward's Auction House every
Wednesday to sustain his Green Island store, which opened a
year ago. He said he had received good feedback from the
Green Island community.
''The locals here have been really supportive.''
Mr Tyson said it's the ''thrill of the hunt'' which has kept
him in the antique business all these years.
- Holly Bagge