The last lay of the Blue Carbuncle
It's been the most stylish of second hand shops. Always a delight to browse in. And run by a pair with a great sense of retro chic - I've never seen either of them without headgear.
She looks a bit like Una Stubbs - and I mean that as a compliment - and he has the air of a reticent racehorse owner.
But today the Blue Carbuncle on Junction Road closes for good. You have got just a few hours if you want some stylish old cameras, Soviet era badges at 50p a shot, nice furniture, scrubbed up old clothes, or a rather fetching poster of Marc Bolan.
This list of goods for sale doesn't do justice to the place. It doesn't sell tat - it sells period and style.
The proprietor tells me he's not moving the business, simply closing. He says that all three adjoining businesses, and the building behind, are being demolished to make way for some sort of mini-market.
You can get a bit more sense of the building from the picture below. It's reputed to be the oldest on Junction Road - an area with lots of interesting shops, but not a lot of architectural soul. And soon it will have still less.
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