Old-fashioned collector

October 10, 2017

Shepparton's Brian Knight inside his shed on Branditt Ave.

An old sewing machine sits in the corner of one of Mr Knight's two sheds, filled with amazing gear.

Mr Knight's retired racing greyhound sits on its favourite couch in the shed.

An old bottle of Straight 8 sits on the wall which Mr Knight says we used in the 1940's as hair oil.

Buyer beware: The front entrance of 'Little Dooda's" man cave which contains items collected over the years.

Signs galore: Hundreds of signs adorn the walls and roof of Mr Knight's man cave, which he has collected from demolition sites.

For close to 50 years, Brian ‘‘Little Dooda’’ Knight has collected old stuff from demolition sites.

‘‘I’ve been pulling houses down since the early 1970s ... so have collected a lot of gear,’’ the Shepparton resident said.

From antiques, old records to jukeboxes and horse gigs, Mr Knight has the lot.

‘‘I came here (to Branditt Ave) about 17 years ago, there was no shed here, I built it (from scratch),’’ he said.

‘‘I had a shed in Mooroopna for years, so brought a bit with me ... I just like old stuff.’’

Forget eBay, Mr Knight does it the old-fashioned way, sticking with garage sales, second-hand shops and donations from friends of friends.

‘‘I go to garage sales and used to have regular sales myself to get rid of my gear ... the stuff I like I keep though,’’ he said.

Slim Dusty hats, horse saddles and tin signs adorn every wall in Mr Knight’s two sheds, with little space to add to his enormous collection.

‘‘I spend more time here than inside the house ... you can swear and smoke when you want and can use the floor as an ashtray,’’ he said.

‘‘The wife likes it because it keeps me out of the house and (provides a space) for the boys to come over and have a few beers of a night time.’’

But his most treasured possession of all is his father’s gear.

‘‘I’ve got the original muzzle and lead from Dad’s 1973 Shepparton Dog of the Year (racing greyhound),’’ he said.

The love of collecting and putting it in a shed runs in the family, with Mr Knight’s older brother Tony also an avid collector.

‘‘I always get questions about where I get the old stuff from and sometimes I don’t even have the answers because my mates drop it off when I’m away,’’ he said.

Recently, a friend asked Mr Knight if he could buy an old lemon juicer he had.

‘‘He offered me $400, but I said no ... it just sits there, but I like it,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m still adding to my collection these days but I’m running out of room.’’

Until that happens, Mr Knight will keep plugging away, adding to his impressive collection until old age catches up with him — then his son might take over his hobby.

‘‘I enjoy the shock people get when they come around,’’ he said.

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