We found owners James and Jason hard at work filling the expansive store. Five years ago, life and business partners James and Jason took on a warehouse at Oxley and started filling it with pre-loved items from every room in the house: the lounge, kitchen, living room, bedroom, kids' room, garage… And it seems, everyone else’s houses.
Word spread and they were soon being approached – inundated – by people leaving town, managing deceased estates and just downsizing. The venture grew so much it expanded into a neighbouring warehouse. And upstairs... Which now houses a serious collector's record haven stocking vinyl, cassettes and music memorabilia.
Relove’s displays are largely curated by James, who has a background in visual merchandising and a discerning eye for design, display, and diamonds, including spotting the real from the fake. All up, it’s rummage-central; perfect for collectors, decorators, model enthusiasts and nostalgists. Relove Oxley can’t be ‘done’ in an hour. Bring a companion, bring change for a coffee, and transport yourself for a few hours.
To give us a little taste of just what lingers beyond Relove's walls, Jason and James list five fabulous finds among the shelves and displays that occupy the warehouse.
Harvey Art School Pottery Bust (Head). Signed LJ Harvey 1930. Brisbane-made and very collectable. (Pictured above)
Brisbane Cross River Tram Destination Roll. Directly from the Brisbane Tram network that ceased operation in 1969!
Bitossi Rimini Blue Sausage Dogs. Aldo Londi’s ceramics are the result of an assiduous study and ongoing experimentation with different materials, colours and techniques. Aldo Londi channelled his impulses into meticulous stylistic and production research, as is the case of the very famous Rimini blue series launched in 1959.
Peter Goss Studio Glass – Circa 1986. Peter Goss is celebrated as the first studio glass artist to set up in Queensland. He established a studio at Tewantin (just up the river from the beach resort of Noosa Heads) in 1981 and has been the 'grandfather' of the extensive glass artist community in the Sunshine Coast region.
Antique Apothecary Chemist Bottles. Straight out of a science laboratory. Antique pharmacist apothecary sedative bottles of the past.
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I’m co-founder and creative partner (with Donna Kramer) at creative communications agency Aruga, based in beautiful West End. In another hat, I am co-founder of production house The Little Red Company, with Queensland’s leading lady of stage, Naomi Price.Read more: