01 September 2009

I'm going for it: Camden Passage pictures.

At the risk of my head imploding, I've decided to throw caution to the wind and post the pictures I took of Camden Passage last week. Please note that Camden Passage is the greatest antiques market EVER, even though sometimes the vendors are a-holes. Because then there are other vendors that are FUN, and that's just life.

The antiques market as an industry I find really interesting. On one hand, the antique shops here look nearly identical to the ones back home: dusty furniture, chipped tea cups, yellowed doilies, rusted tins. But on the other hand, antiques here can actually be OLD. I mean, you can buy brooches in this country that pre-date California, let alone pre-date Californian antiques.

Not that I'm an authority on the industry, because I'm really not. I don't really get how it works. I mean, can you find English antiques in America? Are there international antique shipping laws? Can you only buy American old stuff in America and English old stuff in England? You think I'd know more about this subject, having grown up in Jenks, Oklahoma (town motto: 'The Antique Capital of America'). (Seriously.) However, unlike Camden Passage, Main Street Jenks is primarily busied by old people shuffling from shop to shop, occasionally buying things, but probably more likely stealing them. Camden Passage is slightly more self-conscious, and busied by hipsters, collectors, and random weekend revelers who wander through on their way to brunch.

Ah, well. I don't go to antiques market to learn about antiques, I go to get ripped off.

And now for the photos! I would like to point out that none of the below displays have been altered to suit my photographic purposes. All chaos is naturally occurring.

Of course, not all of the antiques are necessarily ancient...I would venture to guess this fork dates as far back as the 70's.

This guy was awesome. He asked me if I'd send him the photos I took of him and when I said sure, proceeded to write down his snail mail address. He commented as he scribbled his post code, 'Everyone says they'll send me the photos they take, but they never do.'


Alissa - the Big Sis said...

Nice pics. I hope you send the man his pics.

Darcy said...

Ooh, I have a hard enough time when design is limited to the 20th century! Heavens. Did you get the silver creamer? ..no, not that one...

Anonymous said...

Oooh, and did you notice the celtic cross with the green stones?!?!? Lovely!

Gina said...

You had better send him the photo!