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Published September 19th 2014
Purchase silver trinkets the Brits put in their plum pudding
Quite by accident whilst looking for the best place to take a photograph of the Gold Coast from the hinterland at Mt Tamborine, I came across a corner house and shop called "Odds & Ends". Eagle Heights Hotel once stood on the land where the owner's residence is today with the Odds & Ends Shop is now residing in what was the horse stables of the Hotel.
Amazing shops can be found by going off the beaten track
Else and her husband have travelled the back and forth to England collecting treasured and unusual pieces for Odds & Ends. Now retired, their shop is more of a hobby and a way to meet people who appreciate distinctive and unique pieces as much as they do. The shop is not open every day so it is best to ring if you are looking for a particular item or on the off chance as I did, just pop in. It's often when you come across a place like this that is not on the main street that a treasure trove of items can be found.
One particular item caught my eye as I have one hanging on my wall at home. It was the Shadow Box. Wikipedia states that Shadow Boxes have a strong military history and were given to members of the military and sailors on retirement; however it was stated that if the box was to touch the ground prior to the sailor, bad luck would follow him. Some Shadow Boxes were constructed with a glass front yet many were open with small shelves to house your favourite trinkets.
A solid timber child's desk with small drawers on the side was definitely a point of interest as I remembered as a child I had a wooden desk with shelves and drawers in all different places where I would hide bits and pieces. However this desk is certainly much more ornate and heavier than children's desks of today and obviously solid as it has lasted the test of time.
A most unusual china wall hanging in the shape of a bow, which was approximately the size of an open palm, captured my vision for quite some time. I should have purchased it as I had not seen anything like it before; however wasn't sure it would go with any of my décor. Items from silver ornaments found in British plum puddings to china thimble collections, fine china, jewellery and furniture can be found at Odds & Ends. So, if you are a collector or just interested in items from our past, why not take the time to visit Odds & Ends at Mt Tamborine.