Dedicating decades to the obsessive pursuit, the Perth collector recently tracked down a stash of retro goodies sure to delight the hordes of local punters hunting for bygone gems.
With the help of his trusty source Paul Della-Vanzo, a WA antique buff living in Germany’s Black Forest, Hesketh offers more than 2000 European pieces such as ’60s typewriters, telephones, clocks, cameras and tapestries at the debut Ship2Shop event this weekend.
‘Talking to stall owners, collectors, the public and from personal experience, I know the hardest step for vintage shoppers is actually finding stuff,’ the Go Go Retro Roadshow organiser said.
‘You’ve really got to trawl through the Internet, Gumtree, garage sales, deceased estates and auctions ” it’s a lot of work, costly and competitive.
‘Online auctions provide plenty of items but are fraught with difficulties. You have to find what you want, bid on it and win. You then have to pay postage, insurance and handling costs to get it over and then when it arrives it isn’t always what you thought it would be!’
The free two-day fair kicks off on Friday for retailers and dealers then continues on Saturday for the public. The items then make their way to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.
‘Here you can view a huge variety all at the one time, see the quality firsthand and pay a hell of a lot less than you would online. It ticks all the boxes,’Hesketh said.
Scouring stores and stalls across Perth, his latest triumphs include a collection of ’60s UK pop magazines and an art deco Diana lamp.
His Sgt. Peppers Vintage and Vinyl Collective store reopens on Newcastle Street, Northbridge in May.