One of the things that attracts me to vintage and antique things is they have stories, and even if I don’t know the stories, I make them up.
“It’s not for sale!”, he said to me. But I wanted to buy so many things from his store!
On my way home, I stopped for some petrol right across from Coco Mart in Jl. Permai IV Canggu. I’ve been in the area plenty of times, but I never noticed Made’s little home, which is probably because next to his home there is also a mini store his family own’s, where they sell those big blue recyclable drinking water barrels, all displayed in the front, along with many boxes. So it’s pretty easy to miss his home.
This man has been collecting antiques for many years, with no interest in selling. And that makes me really happy because when I realized his home wasn’t a store, I looked around and thought—ha! even better. Made’s home is like a mini museum. Isn’t that just wonderful?
‘Made, you must put up a sign that says, Welcome to Made’s Antique Museum, with a donation box somewhere in the corner of the entrance to your home or somewhere inside where it’s visible. This way, it can help you maintain your collection.’
I have no idea if he would ever consider doing this, but he smiled, and we laughed. Other than his amazing collection, Made doesn’t have much – just like many of the people here in Indonesia. So, setting a donation box, I thought, not only helps him a bit but also helps keep the history alive.
I myself collect antiques and love to wear vintage clothes. Like Made, I dream my home in Puerto Rico one day will turn out to be some kind of museum, filled with antiques and things I’ve been collecting from all over the world. Today, with the advancement of technology, and the lifestyle we’ve adapt, of getting tired of stuff and sending it all to the “garbage”, it makes me feel extremely thankful to those who preserve the beauty of old objects.
What are some of the collectibles you can find at Made’s home? He has old phones, many kinds of radios, which some still work! Something that caught my eye was all the old leather bags, which is why he said it wasn’t for sale when I was accidentally looking at one of his personal bags. Oops! We laughed. You can also find sculptures, alarm clocks, old photos, the old television you use to watch novelas from when you were at your grandmas house. Well this only applies to my Puerto Rican people, ‘ha ha!’.
If you are ever in Canggu, Bali, I invite you to go check out Made’s home! Spend some time with the locals. He doesn’t speak much English, but a language barrier will not keep you from receiving the universal language of a smile. Made and his family are very kind and welcoming. I mean, hey, you might get to try some delicious old Arak.
Made often travels back to his hometown in Jakarta. His home in Bali is situated across Coco Mart in Jl. Permai IV, Canggu, Bali.
I wanted to world to know you Made. Thank you. Terima Kasih.