b'185The Maruska Aughterson CollectionViewing*In accordance with Victorian Government GuidelinesWednesday 23 March10.00am5.00pmThursday 24 March10.00am7.30pm (late night viewing)Friday 25 March10.00am5.00pmOther times welcome by appointment.AuctionMonday 28 March, 10am (AEDT)AddressFor viewing and auction: 727729 High Street, Armadale VIC 3143Enquiriesmail@leski.com.au+61 3 8539 6150Auction Code: 478My interest in antiques and in collecting began in the 1970s, but didnt get serious until my husband and I moved from suburban Melbourne to the town of Sale in Gippsland. While John busied himself with his new project, a specialist secondhand bookshop, I renovated the two-storey stables on our property and opened a weekend hobby business, Maruskas Antiques. I could only manage to run the business part-time as I was still in full-time employment during the week.Sale and Gippsland received most of its tourist traffic on weekends and my little business soon became very busy. People loved to come and browse the shelves and I often added a little something fresh (and free!) from our thriving garden, when one of our regular customers bought something. We felt very welcomed into our new community and the years we spent in Sale were a wonderful part of our lives.Coming back to Melbourne in the 1990s, we moved into a large home in Kew and managed to keep filling the available space with more antiquesceramics, books, furniture, artworksI couldnt resist adding to the collection, even though I was no longer trading.Buying, selling and living with antiques has given me a lot of pleasure over many years. Now I hope that other people will also derive pleasure from these pieces.Maruska'