WELCOME TO THE JUNK SHOP
Like Dr Who’s Tardis, this shop is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Toby Moy, who owns the business, comes from a family of antiques dealers – his father Dick established it in 1954. It is one of the last remaining shops of its kind in Greenwich, which was once filled with similar places. As it is not easy to survive, Toby has divided the basement into 14 separate units and rented them out to different artists and traders. The courtyard is by no means empty either.
Here you will find rusty fireplaces, Edwardian children’s beds and many other things, including a skeleton pub sign – most likely the relic of a Goth bar. Toby gets most of his stock from house clearances, something you get a sense of walking through the different areas of the shop: the two porcelain dogs might have stood on someone’s mantelpiece together with the 70s radio; a broken doll was left on a broken chair next to a spinning wheel; a croquet set, a collection of teapots looking like cottages, another collection of tins from the 1920s to the 1970s; a storm lantern, a horn, a set of scales, library stairs, a captain’s uniform, a collection of Stilton jars, the inside of a telephone box, a wash bowl and pitcher… basically anything and everything! Most of it may be junk for you, but could be a great find for someone else.
You can spend hours here looking at things, going on and on because just around the corner you are sure to discover something exciting! Stay long enough and you may seriously start to consider buying a collection of rusty saws or a beautiful pair of wooden crutches – but what will your family say when you come home with all this stuff? Don’t panic: have a cup of tea! In the back is a lovely tearoom with mismatched porcelain and brass samovar. Feeling better now? Now you can see it’s definitely ok to buy the lovely blue jug with the Paisley pattern!
The Junk Shop has also appeared on an episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
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