Jodi's youngest son, Chip, plays an important role at Antiques Plus. He is extremely helpful and personable with the customers.
The third member of the staff is Milo, an inquisitive poodle who greets all at the door.
If you like characters, Jodi is a character.
Apart from antiques, she loves, travel, children and writing. While traveling the world as a dancer she picked up and adopted six children from four different countries. She raised them in the USA and today they are divided between Australia and the USA.
She spent several years in Vietnam during the war and put her life in danger by becoming a whistle blower when she did not like how a handful of sergeants were getting rich from a war in which many young men were dying. She made world headlines when the U.S. Senate Committee into Un-American Activities flew her to Washington DC and used her as their chief witness in hearings to prosecute the corrupt group.
At that time she appeared on every American television talk show and later had her own TV talk show in Florida where she was then living on a floating home.
Jodi has written three books about these times under her writing name of June Collins. One of them, The Khaki Mafia, co-authored by Robin Moore (The French Connection, The Green Beret, etc.) was on the New York Times Best Seller list.
She later married an American who owned a King Crab fishing vessel as seen on the TV show, The Deadliest Catch. She spent five years in Alaska and fished the Bering Sea in her role of cook for her husband's crew.
Today her children are grown and she chooses a quieter life on beautiful Tamborine Mountain, surrounded by her lovely antiques.