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Mike Munday's 'mantiques' hit Muster

Mike Munday with some of garagenalia he will be decorating the Muster site with this year for the first time.
Mike Munday with some of garagenalia he will be decorating the Muster site with this year for the first time. Craig Warhurst

FORGET American and Australian Pickers; Gympie's Mike Munday is the original.

He has been foraging in old sheds and at swap meets for nearly 30 years gathering all kinds of "garagenalia".

His hobby eventually turned into a business, Roadside Relics, and now he sends collectables across the world from his Monkland base.

For the first time this year Mike and his team at Roadside Relics will help deck out venues at the Muster.

His unique pieces already grace the walls of restaurants, corporate offices and themed bars across the country.

Now they will take pride of place in the best spot in the country - the Amamoor Creek State Forest.

Mike will use parts of his massive collection to decorate the new Blues and Roots Bar and the Great Australian Music Hall.

Mike said Muster organisers took one look at his collection and liked what they saw.

He said the Blues and Roots Bar would be decorated in an American southern states style while the Great Australian Music Hall would be distinctly Aussie. Yesterday Mike was sorting though enamel Keens Mustard, Golden Fleece and Waratah Motor Spirit signs.

He will use them, and old petrol bowsers and other bits and pieces, to add to the bush feel of the venues.

His massive collection is sourced from across Australia.

Mike said shows like American Pickers had boosted his business. "It's become mainstream now," Mike said.

"It's not just a few eccentric collectors.

"A lot of people see their collections as unofficial super."

"They have a $100,000 collection in their sheds and cash it in."

He said a lot of pieces he had owned, a number of times, he sold to buyers and then bought the items back when they needed money.

"It goes around full circle."

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