Category Archives: Antique shopping

Toulouse’s amazing flea market


I’ve always wanted to visit a real French flea market, so a holiday in the beautiful late-spring Pyrenees gave us the opportunity for a long drive into Toulouse, to visit the monthly weekend market (first weekend of the month, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) that seems to appear in just about every ‘best of’ list out there. C’est magnifique! A word of warning, though – […]

Ebay watch: working Motorola Dynatac 8000X cellphone


Anyone want to buy me a present? This working Motorola Dynatac 8000X cellphone (the world’s first commercially available ‘mobile’ phone, from 1983, favoured by Gordon Gecko and weighing just more than a cool 1.5kg) is currently a snip… At the time of writing, it’s only £1000 – three hundred quid cheaper than on this site. It’s my birthday in 4 months time – ideal […]

The Dr Who Annual 1978


It was a close run between this and a wall clock I bought from the lovely Donald and Miss June Vintage, but this Doctor Who 1978 annual is my favourite find from January’s Vintage Village. A few months older than I am, it was published in 1977 by World Distributors (Manchester) Limited (based on Lever Street in Manchester, near where I […]

Corgi school of motoring


There is nothing I want for Christmas more* than what I saw in Levenshulme Antiques Village this afternoon: the Corgi School of Motoring - a radio controlled learner car. With traffic cones! I bet these flew off the shelves in the 80s – what self respecting child doesn’t want a toy that encourages sensible driving? (*maybe)

Vintage Village, October


From the better-late-than-never, seriously-where-have-the-days-gone department, I thought I’d write something about the excellent Vintage Village fair I went to a couple of Sundays ago. I’d visited a couple of VVs before, as a customer, and loved the buzz – so booked a stall to sell my restored vintage telephones. We arrived to the exciting bustle of people bringing in boxes […]

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