Junk Shops

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Junk Shops
« on: October 31, 2010, 11:09 »
I wonder do junk shops still exist in England or were they eclipsed by antique shops?

I furnished our first cottage in the sixties entirely from junk shops and still have many items today. I did a weekly circuit of 5 or 6 shops, mainly around Hillfields in Coventry and also visited a few in Rugby.

Amongst my finds was an oval breakfast table in elm for £5, copper kerb for the fireplace 10s, copper coal scuttle 25s, oak bureau £5 and (against all principles oak side table £10  :ohmy: All had to be cleaned, sanded, polished etc. ( part of the fun ) and are still in use today. Curtains were homemade from wonderful market stall fabrics by Warner and Baker at £3 a yard.

Happy times  :)



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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 11:16 »
Yes, there are still junk shops about.  I did a upholstery course so made it my business to find them locally  :)  Local auctions are usually a good source too. Freecycle is also a boon  :D



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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 11:16 »
Same here Thrift, still got and still in daily use many bits picked up from junk shops in the 60s and wouldn't part with any of them. :happy:

Suppose car boot sales have taken over from the junk shop we remember ::)



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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2010, 11:35 »
And "collectors" fairs. We have several Antique and Collector centres around here, stuff that I had as a young bride in the 70s and threw out a couple of years later, is making silly money in these places. It's very rare that junk as we knew it then is found at a reasonable price. As Spana said car boots are probably the best bet for that kind of stuff, but you have to be early and fight the dealers. We did a car boot for the first time this year and were quite intimidated by the dealers who were sorting through our stuff almost before we stopped the engine! Scary.



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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010, 21:30 »
If you do boot fairs I listened to an old friend who did them regularly.Turn up,sit in the car and drink a cuppa until there are more cars there and then unload your treasure/toot.The dealers will be hassling other people further down the site and you can set up far more easily.
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