Dust is not actually dusty at all, in fact it is quite clean considering the amount of bric-a-brac, antiques and curios that fill its display windows, shelves and tables. Dust has been operating from this tiny shop in The Rutland apartment building, on the corner of Liverpool and Hardie streets, for the past ten years. When I lived on Hardie Street, I would pass this shop most days and always wave hello to the owner, Stephane, who was usually standing or sitting by the entrance:
But in all that time I only popped inside his store once, and had never actually spoken to him, until this past week. Stephane, I was surprised to learn, has a French accent. He is also very knowledgeable about the period and origin of the thousands of items in his store.
Before setting up shop in The Rutland, Stephane hosted a stall at the Bondi Markets for seven years, so he has been in the antiques game for almost two decades and can source the most interesting items, such as these colourful tin food carriers from Timor:
Stephane, like me, is also a fan of Formula One, and prior to coming to Australia, he used to work at the Monaco Grand Prix. I'm sure he has dozens of stories to tell, so why not visit his shop and say hello.
381 Liverpool Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
02 9332 2854
0414 493 346