Collection connoisseurs unite
A FACEBOOK group started by collecting enthusiast Greg Lyon has united Ipswich people with the same hobby.
The group, Collectors of Ipswich and South-East Queensland, is a place for collectors to share their finds, their passion and the stories behind their collections.
So far the group has 16 members but Mr Lyon believes there are many more people out there who list collecting as a hobby.
"Basically everyone has something they collect. Everyone from all walks of life collects something," he said.
Mr Lyon has a number of collections, including radio station stickers, military memorabilia and match box cars, all stored in a "man cave", built for his beloved collections in his backyard.
The group came about after Mr Lyon was talking to fellow Ipswich residents on the social networking site who had their own collections.
"How it started was I was talking to people in the Ipswich group and they said they collected this and that," he said.
"They can show what they have got - one guy collects movie reels. This stuff should be seen and be out there.
"It's an access for anyone else who collects. It's obviously a way of expressing what you have got and how you got it."
So far only a few tales have been told.
But Mr Lyon believes when collectors with similar interests join, stories will flow freely.
"I think at the moment because it is all so small I think they are waiting for someone else to come along," Mr Lyon said.
He envisaged the group being a place for collectors to swap items and enhance their collections rather than an auction site.
It has already served a purpose, uncovering collectors previously unknown to Mr Lyon.
"It's turned up quite a few people," he said.
As the group expands Mr Lyon said there may be the opportunity to hold a swap meet.