My sister-in-law is pregnant – ecstatically so, and exhaustedly so – which meant that her birthday last weekend was celebrated minimally, without processed meats, and with gifts going To Baby. It should have been easy to shop for a bird-sized unborn, but for the fact that its expectant parents have already bought or received boxes of toys and games, and clothes, and a car seat, and an ark. And I have a quiet loathing for designer baby belongings… I left the house with only one idea – to head to the Lost & Found Market on Smith Street.
As the Market has recently moved, I was sidetracked briefly by Dave’s Boutique, which is about to relocate as well (or Dave is, at least). I have scored here before, particularly since it split into two premises, but all the wares are now back together again and a serious rummage requires a willingness to shift two dusty stacks of vinyl in order to properly see the fold-up-chair, which is great but it’s eighty dollars and it’s sticky and there’s a plank loose on the seat.
I was quickly back on track, and crossing the road to a part of Smith that I rarely venture – between Victoria and Gertrude Streets. The new(ish) Lost & Found markets have street frontage (the former site opened out from a long, dark bottleneck), which makes the vast array of vintage goods look even more cheerful and rainbow-coloured. I really didn’t know what I was hoping to find but it wasn’t long before I was making mental calculations and calling upon staff to open up various cabinets. Within fifteen minutes I had chosen – several old picture catalogues for scrapbooking and card-making, a funny set of building blocks, plus adorable salt-and-pepper shakers (For Mummy) – and was happily charging over the road to the 7-11 for more cash, congratulating myself on being the best relative in the world.
The inside word is that, yes, the Market’s staff do prefer being able to see the weather from the service desk of their new home… but it won’t be long before they are taking shifts back at the mineshaft, as the original premises will be reopening for business as well.
:: Lee ::