I like ‘junk stores’ or ‘vintage shops’ if we’re going to use a more flattering title for them. In Melbourne, the Chapel Street Bazaar is a ‘must see’ for anyone who enjoys losing time wandering around precariously crowded stalls bursting with junk and gems.
Much of the stuff inside the bazaar has been there for years. In this picture alone you can see empty old bottles of ketchup, a pile of forks, an old picture of a class of Asian children, a porcelain cat, fading old birthday and Christmas cards, several lamps and teapots, and various framed pictures of ladies bearing unusually large breasts. I spend much of my time wondering who would buy this stuff, and how long something must sit on a shelf collecting dust before it’s deemed to be truly junk.
Stand outside the Chapel Street Bazaar using Google street view.