A sad goodbye...

Some places are like old friends: comforting, fun and simply there. You can turn up, have a friendly chat and spend a little time in their "home" coming away from it with a smile. That was pretty much how I felt about the lovely vintage shop that closed its doors for good on Sunday. Crammed full with wonderful, quirky, sometimes unusual and always interesting things, this shop was a treasure trove I visited nearly weekly.

Vintage Objects

Ever since I moved to London I loved popping in there, sometimes just for a browse, sometimes I'd come away with another piece of vintage kitchenalia. Over time I've managed to amass a bit of a collection including a pair of huge scissors and a - I presume - chocolate mould made from fairly heavy metal. I have yet to try this one out and will do so as soon as I can think of a recipe for it. The owners always had a friendly 'hello' and the husband called me "the lovely Parisian lady" and would tell me that he wants to go to Paris and eat onion soup in St Germain. It's the kind of friendly shop/customer relationship that is so rare nowadays... 

So now this shop is gone. Another original which wasn't the usual run of the mill boutique. The owners didn't want to take on another 10-year lease on it as they felt they were getting too old and have decided to give up the business instead. I can of course understand their reasons, but it does feel like a little piece of local history is disappearing with the it. Or at least a bit of local history as I knew it. It also makes me wonder what it will be replaced with. Another café? I mean, I'm a very enthusiastic coffee drinker, but even I can see that the area surely is over saturated with those already. If it was up to me, I'd probably want another vintage/junk/curiosity shop in there. Something unusual and unique. The kind of shop that surprises you and where you don't know what you might uncover from one week to the next. And the kind of shop that is full of things you won't find on a website, unless you count a lucky find on ebay. 

I don't know what will happen to it. For now, I'm just saddened about the disappearance of another true original. At least I have some nice mementos to remind me of it I guess... 

Vintage Objects
Vintage Objects
Vintage Objects
Vintage Objects

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