Collectors gather over weekend
Albany Collectors Club life member Felicity Dickinson

The doors of the Albany PCYC will act as a time portal this weekend, when the Albany Collectors Club holds its 32nd annual open exhibition.

Life member Felicity Dickinson, 73, said there would be plenty of pre-1930s items on show.

“There are people coming from other clubs, Perth, Mandurah and Mt Barker, all bringing various collections,” she said.

“There will be a general section, a novelty section and a junior section and a public vote will decide the winner of each category.”

Mrs Dickinson, a collector for more than 60 years, said the open exhibition was an opportunity for the club’s 50 members to share their personal collections with the public, a tradition that had been ongoing since 1981.

“It’s never the same thing twice, though,” she said.

This year Mrs Dickinson is showing her assortment of cobalt glass, including an old apothecary medicine bottle.

“The neck would have been made using a wooden mould so I can tell it’s quite old,” she said.

Mrs Dickinson started collecting stamps and coins as a child and had countless collections over the years.

“There’s just so many, I couldn’t tell you them all … inks, perfumes, pepper and salt sets, thimbles, shoes, bottles ... there’s a lot of research involved so it’s educational as well as fun,” she said.

“I’m going for a new collection of memorabilia from fox hunting in England,” she said. “I’ve only got five items so far and it could take me years, but I enjoy the thrill.”

A Perth valuer will be available to examine items brought along by members of the public.

The open exhibition will be held on Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Admission is $5 for adults.

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