Remember a long, long time ago, when I posted about some vintage photography pogey bait? I picked the photos up at my favourite antique/junk shop ever, Richmond Antiques and Curios, in Richmond, Nelson, South Island.
Anyway, I figured it was high time I reviewed the shop.
What it is:
RAAC is what my mother calls a “junkshop” type antique store. It has some of everything, pretty much all jumbled up in a barely organised heap. This is not the place to go if you want 18th century French antiques in pristine condition. It is the place to look if you are missing a piece of your china pattern, want a vintage lamp for your front hall, or need that particular type of gardening spade that they haven’t made in decades.
This place has EVERYTHING. It’s like a museum where you can touch all the items, but where nothing has a label to explain what it is. It’s an excellent place to spend a happy afternoon. And the staff are friendly and let you poke round forever.
Here is a very random assortment of the fabulosity on offer:
The other really good thing about this place is that EVERYTHING, absolutely EVERYTHING has a price tag on it. I hate having to ask in antique stores. Most of the time I just don’t bother.
Not for the dust adverse. Or for people who are distressed by disorder. Or for people who know just what they want, and expect to be able to pop in and get it. You need to be prepared to browse.
Also, the pricing can be a tiny bit erratic. Most things are very reasonably priced, but the occasional item or category is inexplicably pricey.
How about this dust-gathering but of statuary in less than pristine condition:
Or these extremely dubious post-apocalyptical dog bookends. Pray they don’t reproduce:
Or this doll. All dolls are creepy, but this one particularly so. I am sure she comes alive ever night and stalks the streets of Richmond, searching for her prey. Look at her:
And finally, this may be the best ugly I will ever come across:
Good enough that I almost didn’t tell you about it (hey, you have to keep some of your sources secret!). Luckily there is plenty of yummy vintage and antique pogey bait goodness to share around – so now you are in on the secret!