Back during those hopeful sunny days of the lockdown intermission, I visited Haynes Lane Antiques. The higgledy-piggledy building, formerly a builders' merchant, had come close to collapse at the end of last year. During it's closure for emergency structural work, followed by Lockdown 1, Sally Battley and Sian Foley, who had recently taken over the running of the premises, instigated several changes. As a result of the structural upheaval, many traders had had to move out, which was further necessitated by the pandemic upheaval. Spaciousness and social distancing were not concepts known to many antiques and bric-a-brac emporiums, not least this one, which did always feel somewhat claustrophobic. Effectively they have managed to 'de-clutter' the shop, partly by getting rid of many of the partitions, and opening up the space, but also by putting lots of thought into how items are arranged. Now it's rather stylishly displayed. Things have room to breathe, and with less on show, you can actually see individual pieces more clearly. And what a pleasure it is to visit. As I walked through, a wave of nostalgia washed over me, spotting things that sparked distant memories: a garment in Napoleonic era soldier pattern just like the curtains in a childhood friend's bedroom, the green enamel mincer, similar to the one I bought whilst at art college in order to draw, the large earthenware bread bin, popular in the 70s, that my parents had in their kitchen for decades, and surely everyone's mother had some of those sewing patterns, back before disposable fashion when people made there own clothes?
|Midcentury wares from Trevor @se3_upcycling|
Meanwhile, Sally & Sian have put so much work into revamping this corner of Crystal Palace, alongside the fabulous local foodmarket. Haynes Lane is the place to be, and from the first weekend in December, you should be able to dive into a warm bath of nostalgia once more.