Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Than One Bargains For

Each of the twenty-three districts of Budapest has its own special character. To sum up the eighth district, Józsefváros, in a word would be to describe it as 'edgy'. It is home to the Uránia National Film Theatre, the Academy of Drama and Film, the Natural History Museum, the red light district, Erkel Theatre, Semmelweis Medical University, and a large population of Roma and Chinese residents.


interior of 'antique' shop on Pál utca in Budapest's District VIII in the area of Józsefváros


This all makes for a heady, cosmopolitan and social mix where 'ladies of the night', plying their trade, rub shoulders with students in search of inexpensive accommodation, and aesthetes seek cultural enlightenment.


And so it was, with a spirit of adventure, and together with our American friends, Linda and Barbara, we took a tram ride from our comfortably familiar sixth district, Terézváros, into the back streets of Józsefváros where our Aladdin's Cave of a shop is to be found.


interior view of the Pál utca shop showing a part of the exceedingly eclectic and varied stock


Tamás and his daughter, Melinda [their surname escapes us], are the proprietors of a gloriously eclectic használtcikk, second hand, store in Pál utca. Here, china leopards  sit alongside social realist bronzes, ancient Leica cameras peer out from glass cases, portraits, landscapes,  oils, watercolours, woodcuts, prints and photographs cover the walls and rosary beads hang temptingly with strings of freshwater pearls.


a china leopard snarls his way through a collection of porcelain, glass, silver plate and plastic


Even when adjusted to the dim and somewhat religious light of the shop's interior, the eye struggles to focus on the treasures to be found within. Layer upon layer of the ornamental, the useful, the decorative, the practical, the exotic and the commonplace vie for attention, each item redolent with memories and wearing the patina of age. And not a little dirt!


both the staircase and the staircase wall carry a further selection of the shop's ephemera


Our choices made, Melinda cheerfully announces that "today's prices are 20% less than marked". And, as a result, our bargain purchases become an absolute steal. Unceremoniously, our pictures are shrouded in black bin liners for the journey home and cash - no plastic here - is exchanged with smiles all round.


Melinda, at the receipt of custom, attends to the accounts , surrounded by yet more stock 


And in these final moments of the transaction, we strike up a conversation with a young man buying a cigarette lighter. He assures us, in perfect English, that he does not smoke. He explains that he is a Business student, that his father is a dentist, that the family house is in the countryside some 40km from Budapest, that his brother is training to be a doctor, that he lives in the eighth district but that, sadly, he does not play the piano.


to the right of the picture, Maté selects a vintage cigarette lighter to add to his collection


His name is Maté. We issue an invitation to luncheon!



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  1. Ah, dear Jane and Lance - so much eye candy! I dearly adore antique, charity, thrift, junk shops; they hold such treasures and yours were 20% off. Well done!

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    1. We felt, Sandra, that the larger than normal pictures would give a clearer idea of what this particular shop is like. It has now become one of our regular haunts and we shall, of course, take you there when you are next in Budapest!!

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  2. I wish I could have been there shopping with you, I see many things in your photos that I would love :) That phone in the first photo brings back memories when my folks had a phone that looked just like that, but it had a handle on the side that you had to wind!!! I see no handle on that one so maybe it is a bit more sophisticated!! Diane

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    1. We really do think, Diane, that you would enjoy all of this enormously. Yes, the telephone is certainly quite an early model but does seem to be slightly more advanced on the wind up one(!!) that you can remember.

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    2. They used to wind the handle and the exchange would answer. You then told them the number that you wanted and they would dial it and then phone you back. The problem was there were about 10 people on the line and each had different rings, I think my parents were one long, two short and one long. At the weekends when there was beer available, the rings became very erratic and everyone used to answer at the same time. This was in the late 50's and into the 60's in what was then Rhodesia. I can laugh at it now but at the time it was infuriating!

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    3. This really is quite extraordinary and how wonderful that you can remember it all. We can well imagine the problem of the shared line but as for the weekends, when too much beer had been consumed at the exchange, then it must have been a positive nightmare.

      Sadly, we do wonder what the state of the system is today.

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  3. Eclectic is the word! This shop reminds me of one in Salisbury, England, where we lived until 2009, with everything mixed up and displayed in a haphazard fashion. I’m back there in a couple of weeks, so I really must go and pay a visit. I don’t think I will find the bargains you did, and certainly no discounts. Even the charity shops are wise to bargain-hunters now and their prices have escalated in recent years. I wonder why the young man volunteered so much information - were you standing next to a piano perhaps, or a box of sheet music?

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    1. How splendid to have lived in Salisbury. For years, when in Marlborough, we used to go regularly to the theatre in Salisbury, originally to the old Playhouse and then, latterly, to the new one.

      We do not think, somehow, than even the lowliest of 'antique' shops in Salisbury, or anywhere else in England, is likely to compete on price as the one in Pál utca.

      As it happened, amongst other purchases, we bought some sheet music. Hence the conversation with Maté turned to the topic of the piano!

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  4. Can Mate fill the role of Mad Boy if he does not play the piano, I wonder?!

    My dear FGs, I could smell the használtcikk from the images. I know exactly the relish with which you explored and unearthed treasure from the layers of dust which accumulate not from neglect but from simply waiting for proper owners!

    And at 20% rebate -- magnificent, for the buyer with the cocked, discerning eye disguising a sentimental heart ...

    'Even when adjusted to the dim and somewhat religious light of the shop's interior, the eye struggles to focus on the treasures to be found within.'

    Perfect. Perfect!

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    1. Now that, dear Suze, is something we have seriously weighed up and, with regret, of course, have come to the conclusion that the answer has to be no.

      You know us too well. This shop is, as we trust the pictures indicate, an absolute treasure trove. It is just a question of methodically going through until one finds one's heart's desire!! And if we come across all things Barbie, then we shall parcel them up for you immediately!

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    2. Joy.

      To know you is just unadulterated joy.

      I wonder, is a FGD at a distance some small consolation as you search for the elusive MB?

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    3. Such a comment as this carries far more weight and means so much more than you can possibly imagine. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you, Suze, for such generosity and kindness. It brings lumps to our throats and at moments like this we so, so regret the distance between us.

      As FGD you have your own very special place in our lives which an army of MBs could not hope to displace.

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    4. Blubbering, now. Had started to tear up even before I read this in anticipation, after reading your own comment over at Analog Breakfast.

      (Well, not blubbering. But certainly sniffling to the point where I must rise in search of a tissue.)

      You are loved.

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    5. As are you, as we trust you know!!

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  5. This eighth district may be 'edgy' - it sounds like it has some fantastic things to give it that edge. What a wonderful shop full of charming people! (Though it must be just a slight disappointment to find that Maté doesn't play the piano.) I look forward to what more he can tell you when he comes to lunch, as I am sure he will. Axxx

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    1. You are right, Annie, and Melinda and her father were absolutely delightful and one was left feeling that if no purchases had been made, then it would not have mattered and one would be just as welcome on the next occasion.

      Yes, Maté is totally charming and most interesting too so the fact that he does not play the piano is a disappointment readily overcome.

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  6. What a great shop !!....love Ria...xxx...

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    1. It is indeed huge fun, Ria, and we are so pleased to have discovered it.

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  7. What a delight! I would have to take a black bin liner stuffed with cash because I could see myself coming away with so many treasures.

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    1. It really is a marvellous find, Tracey, and we have added it to a little collection of similar shops which we know in the area. But one has to be disciplined!!

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  8. I'd love to rummage around that shop and find a few treasures, not necessarily in monetary value but items I'd like. I love the old shop scales in the first photo.

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    1. We do so agree that the monetary value never matters. The fun lies in discovering items which really appeal and which may be purchased for relatively little money. Yes, we were very tempted by the scales for the kitchen but they are quite large and we thought that Tímea, our cook/housekeeper, who does not approve of these kinds of things from shops such as this, would have a fit.

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    2. Just so long as we know who is boss hehe!!

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    3. We fear that sometimes we are not at all sure - at other times we KNOW it is not us!!!

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  9. Dear Jane and Lance,
    My pulse is racing, my knees have weakened and the lightheaded giddiness I feel is indications of treasure trolling. Truly this is a most remarkable shop indeed, and so one must over look the dust and think of it as gossamer of the ages. The spidery threading that connects us to the long ago and far ways that have brought such lovely treasures here for our pondering and purchase. Shops such as this are wonderfully remarkable places, even possessing a possible Mad Boy candidate, maybe? Keep us updated. – gary

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    1. Treasure trolling! What a splendid expression, Gary, which has immediately gone into our repertoire of words and phrases which amuse and appeal to us. You are right, the dust and dirt must be swept aside, as we are quite prepared to do, to reveal the vintage, the antique or, simply, the interesting.

      And yes, what opportunities one is given in such shops to meet out of the ordinary people, of which Maté is certainly one. Of course we shall keep you updated.

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  10. A wonderful treasure trove and it must be really hard to visit and not find something to take home. I keep thinking that for every new/old object I buy I have to free myself of the same.

    Strangely, it is almost impossible ...

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    1. We too Gaynor are hopeless about parting with things once we have acquired them. But that said, we never buy anything unless it really appeals to us, and not always then. But it is all good fun!

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  11. What a shop!! I wonder how long you spent in there? As you rightly said, it really is Aladdin's cave. It seems to me that travelling from your district to the shop is well worth the effort!
    I have to say, my heart skipped a beat when you announced that Mate doesn't play piano :-)
    Well, the search continues. Keep us posted!

    And thank you so much for the lovely comments regarding my bags. As ever, you are too kind and generous.

    Red

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    1. Actually, Red, if truth is to be told, hours!! And we intend to be back there later this week to examine more closely a couple of miniature portraits which we now think we did not look at closely enough.

      Oh yes, the search continues, but it amuses us and is, we trust, harmless!

      Your bags are lovely. It was such a treat for us to see them and the pleasure was entirely ours.

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  12. Europe is so interesting. Hard to imagine such a shop in the US of A. You don't possibly think that Mate might be a gay? Could he be looking for mentors who are wise in the ways of the world?

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    1. There are times when we feel so privileged to be living in Europe but then we are equally certain that we should find both the United States of America and Australia different but full of interest and charm.

      In this instance Maté has, we know, a girlfriend and so we think that your kind offer is not required at the moment. But we shall, of course, bear it in mind.

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  13. That shop would keep us busy for a day...on a preliminary visit....and goodness only knows how many bin bags we would need.
    I used to love that type of shop in the U.K. - France never cut the mustard in that respect and in Costa Rica no one has anything to discard except the rich and from what I see of their taste I would not care for the leavings.

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    1. There are, as clearly you understand, temptations on all sides in the Pál utca shop and we really are trying to discipline ourselves. This is made less easy on account of the fact that the stock is constantly turning over.

      We do so agree about the discards of the rich - very questionable taste. One look into the pages of 'Hello' magazine, or equivalent, is enough to confirm this.

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  14. Hard not to get giddy with excitement and buy half the stock. There is an old warehouse fairly near to us crammed to the rafters with such treasures. It always makes smile when I see the prices, marked down for sensible Lancashire folk, and consider what they may be in fashionable parts of London. Maté sounds as much as a 'find' as your new pictures, he may not play the piano, but he could learn!

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    1. We do agree. It is quite difficult to resist and one is in danger of making perhaps just too many impulse purchases. We should love the warehouse which you describe. In fact, lead us to it!!

      That Maté does not play the piano really matters not a jot for he is the most charming of people and we are so happy to have met him by chance in the shop.

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  15. Dear Jane and Lance,
    A few years ago I would have relished going into a shop like that. Oh, what treasures there are to be found. Unfortunately, I bought too many of those treasures and am now in the process of purging many of the things I had to have. I still go by stores like that and look in the windows to see what interesting items are on display but must leave them for others to collect and enjoy.

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    1. Actually, Arleen, this seems a very sensible and sound policy for the majority of us, certainly in the developed world, have far more than we really need. It is, we feel, as with all things in life, important to be very selective and to learn to discriminate.

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  16. wow what an incredible gathering of treasures, my knees just melt when I think how delighted I'd be to admire, touch, smell them. Yes I am a freak when it comes to antiques.... Now I realize you spend considerable time in beautiful and romantic Hungary, I wonder which one of you is my beloved neighbor...I bet it's Jane, Hungarian ladies are so passionate and full of life...:).

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    1. We find the fun of looking equal to any pleasure to be had from actually making purchases - in many ways more so and we do try to restrict ourselves in such shops to items which we really both love.

      As for living in Hungary, we consider ourselves to be so very privileged to be able to live in such a wonderful country right in the heart of Europe. But, Petronela, we are in fact both British citizens and carry passports of the United Kingdom and of no other country.

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    2. Astonishing, you could have fooled me. When you speak of Hungary you do it with a lot of emotion. Wherever you come from I declare myself seduced by your joie de vivre. Love you guys.

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    3. Budapest is indeed our adopted home and home is exactly how we think of it.For all its strangeness and, at times, impossible rules and regulations, we absolutely love it and have made the most wonderful friendships here.

      Thank you so much for your very kind comment. The warmth that we receive from you makes us very happy and means more than perhaps you know.

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  17. Wow! So many things to see in in each pix! It must be even more sensory overload to be in the rooms surrounded by all of those wonderful treasures! Thanks for bringing us along.

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    1. It is something approaching 'sensory overload' as you put it. And looking later at the pictures we both found things we had not noticed when in the shop. All the more reason to go back!!

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  18. How fun and and even more so because you made a new friend, he may not be Mad Boy but he sounds very interesting nonetheless.
    What a treasure shop and what adventurers you both are!
    I was just speaking about your wonderful Budapest last night, we have friends who are going to Prague and I believe we convinced them they MUST see Budapest as well. The husband is a lawyer, very talented, and his wife is an amazing artist. There would be so much in Budapest that they would enjoy!
    I hope your Sunday is a happy one.

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    1. Yes, to make a new friend did, as it happens, add considerably to the enjoyment of the afternoon.

      How really kind to recommend Budapest to your friends. Too often the City is something in the shadow of both Prague and Vienna, but it really does merit a visit in its own right with huge amounts to see. The Danube panorama is second to none.

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  19. Dear Jane and Lance - I wonder what pictures you purchased concealed in black bin bags? What a glorious eclectic array of objects to browse and buy. Perhaps Maté is one of those people who can just sit at the piano and play! My grandson can play the piano, and he has never had a lesson.

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    1. We were so fortunate to discover two very fine etchings, Rosemary, which are now at our framers where, we trust, they will be transformed in readiness for hanging in a spare bedroom.

      Now, as soon as your grandson is old enough.....!!

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  20. Nothing sets the heart of a collector racing like a shop of this sort crammed with treasures. Unfortunately, second-hand/vintage stores are a rarity in Taiwan, although I have still managed to do o.k. in the acquisitions department. What really made your excursion so much fun are the people you brought with you and met.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. The wonderful thing about being a collector, and it matters not what is collected, is that one never knows where or when something really desirable will surface. And often, we find, in the oddest of places. Here, amongst a great deal of items we should not wish to have in the house, there were some things we found of great interest. And the people who one meets are, as you say, more often than not great fun.

      We have very much missed your posts - April 2nd. is some time ago now!!

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  21. now that is my kind of place. i could spend hours and hours there and would love every minute of it! xo janet

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    1. We agree, Janet, a fun and interesting shop with absolutely no obligation to buy. We are set on going back!

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  22. Reading about this shop makes me think that if I were to visit it The Man would have to drive the Volvo Estate just to ensure we would have the ability to take advantage of 'must have' finds.

    As for Mate -- what better place to find the elusive Mad Boy than the perfect shop? And with 20% off -- it's almost like striking gold!! And speaking of 'gold' -- that what this post is...

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    1. We are somewhat restricted to what we can manhandle on to the number 4 or 6 tram. But you would be surprised. Now, if we had your Volvo Estate waiting at the door, then we really should be into a new ball game! Fancy a run out to Budapest? Plenty of 'gold' in the waiting and the Hungarian forint is falling!!

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  23. What an absolute treasure trove, my snout has unearthed about 6 things that I would love to buy. I can spend hours in such places, I do hope there was cake and coffee afterwards.

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    1. There was, indeed Tabitha, cake and coffee afterwards. We really do think that you would have been as intrigued as we were and are. Perhaps one day Budapest will entice you? We do hope so.

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  24. I LOVE 'edgy' Jane and Lance !! This area of Budapest would be my kind of area.
    What a wonderful shop that Tamás and Melinda have concocted, full of wonderful treasures to sift through and, I'm sure that you always find something to come home with....I know that I would !
    Maté sounds delightful and a wonderful addition to any luncheon..... it's just a shame that he can't play the piano.....maybe if you become firm friends he could learn !! XXXX

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    1. Oh, Jackie, we are sure that you would really love it. And yes, 'edgy' is, in our view, always so much more interesting.

      Tamás and Melinda are delightful and have a natural charm with their customers without in any way whatsoever being pushy. They make looking around their shop a real pleasure, and there is, as you can imagine, a huge amount packed into a small space.

      Maté is delightful and we are so pleased to have met him. He has a girlfriend who we also very much hope to meet before too long.

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  25. Wow what a beautiful shop and such a delight on the eye. dee x

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    1. Oh, Dee, if only you were nearer for we think that you would love so many of the vintage finds which are hidden away in the shop. And a wonderful place to source stock for your July Vintage Fair!

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  26. hello! bumbled in here by bloghopping but had to leave a comment as that place looks amazing! its jam packed full! Now that i am here i think we may have met before in the blogiverse? I am sure Ive been here before, many moons ago.
    (I used to be somersetseasons but that blog is now talesofsimpledays.blogspot.com)

    Leanne x

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    1. How delighted we are to see you here, Leanne, and will very much hope to welcome you again. The shop on Pál utca is, as you rightly say, amazing, something which we discovered with our American friends who were staying.

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  27. This would keep me intrigued for hours

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    1. As indeed it has done us. And, we suspect, will continue so to do!

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  28. Oh the hours I could spend in a place like that ~ besitos!

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    1. Indeed, Candice, but think of all the additional items you would need to pack as you prepare to return to New York!

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  29. Maté -- Is he, perhaps, a contender for your "Mad About the Boy" companion that you wrote of many months ago, most amusingly? From the merest description of his chatty resume, he sounds to be a willing candidate! Do provide a post-script after your luncheon. Reggie

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    1. Alas, he does not play the piano and that really does have to be a prerequisite. But he most certainly is charming and amusing and an after luncheon post may well be in the offing!

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  30. A treasure trove is certainly an perfect way to describe this wonderful shop...it seems to have just about everything. I would have trouble staying away!

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    1. It is certainly somewhere to return to, Adrienne, over and over again for the stock is constantly changing.

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  31. what treasure!!!! The kind proprietors would make a fortune if they got onto ebay.....but then the whole atmosphere would change.....the internet changes everything! Antiques and clutter are not really my thing but i love a good treasure hunt...but then maybe the treasure on that day was a new friend.....the best kind of treasure indeed!!!!!

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    1. That is a thought, Susan. There is something comparable to ebay which operates in Hungary but it really is not anything on the scale, is quite difficult to find one's way around, and generally the items are very poorly and inadequately presented.

      We should agree with you about friends being the very best kind of treasure.

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  32. Dear Jane and Lance
    I've finally found you! Thank you for your very kind comments on my blog a few weeks ago. When I tried to find your blog at the time there was no link between your 'ID image' and this site. I am delighted that I was able to track you down via another blog this weekend.
    I have really enjoyed reading some of your recent posts. One of my husbands friends is trying to persuade him that we should move to Budapest. He would like my husband to manage a private car collection near the city. At the moment I'm not sure that I could live the ex-pat life-style.
    As you've probably gathered from my posts, I'm very fond of my teaching job!
    Apologies again for appearing unfriendly. It was a result of genuine technical difficulties....
    Best Wishes, Jan

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    1. How really pleased we are to be in contact once again, Jan, and we do understand about 'technical' difficulties which, believe it or not, we experience all too often with Blogger. And thank you so much for signing as a Follower.

      We are much interested in what you say about a possible move to Budapest. It is a wonderful city, as Hungary is a lovely country, but one should never underestimate, as we are sure you do not, the cultural differences which are, and remain, much wider than we ever anticipated that they would be. And we are into our second decade here!

      Also, whilst you enjoy teaching as clearly you do, it would be a pity to give that up.

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  33. Your photographs of this shop are such a delight--as is your whole tale, including striking up a conversation with a possible pianist for your Morning Room! So, here is one of the places, surely, we must visit while in Budapest (my mate, in particular, loves such places--I am less of a shopper, but I can already see things in your photographs that would be such fun to have). I have bookmarked it!

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    1. We think that it would surely be next to impossible to leave this shop without purchasing at least a little something. There truly is an item for everyone of every taste and pocket.

      We shall be delighted to reveal the hidden delights of Budapest to you when you visit. And, what fun you appear to be having 'bookmarking' possible places on the itinerary!

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  34. Oh, wow! What a wonderful shop! I'm sure I would find many treasures there...

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    1. No clothes, Rose, but then that would be a change for you!

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  35. Oh, what a treasure house of serendipity, Jane and Lance! It is quite obviously the kind of shop where just about anything is possible. If I once entered it, you would have great difficulty persuading me to leave, and certainly not without acquiring something, even without the temptation of a 20% discount. :-)

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    1. As you may imagine, we spent hours in there and everyone left with a souvenir of the visit!!

      The two pictures which we bought are at the moment with the framer but we are excited about the prospect of collecting them this week and hanging them in our apartment.

      As you say, even without the discount, the prices are too, too tempting to leave empty handed.

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  36. The fringe neighborhoods of large cities always have so much to them and are so much fun to visit for whatever reasons, and I love this little shop you all found. The pictures of the Pál utca shop have so much in them I found myself with my eyes not even 1" from the computer in an attempt to gather it all in. I would particularly love to see the figurines in that little lawyer's bookcase. I'm glad you found treasures to take home with you.
    It always seems to me these type of shops are made for socializing with strangers as you each are happy in the thrill of the hunt. Or something like that.

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    1. Rubye, you are exactly right, we think. The thrill of the search for a little treasure to carry home is exactly the spirit which binds all the customers together. We are looking forward to the lunch with Maté to discover what more we may all have in common.

      We are certain that you should love this shop which, although relatively small, is absolutely packed to the ceiling with all manner of wonderful things. And, as you say, it is generally the case that such delightful shops are often to be found well away from the more usual chopping streets.

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  37. Jane and Lance, In each photo I see so many things that interest me. I think I would have spent the whole day and probably needed to find a nearby bank. It sounds like a wonderful day with interesting companions. Bonnie

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    1. The problem for us, Bonnie, was that it was very difficult to actually see anything. Our eyes were continually darting about and we had to make ourselves look carefully and take time. Some hours later, we finally emerged with our goodies!

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  38. The word emporia came immediately to mind ... truly a box of delights! So you have sunshine and delightful second hand shops in Budapest. Am I envious? You betcha!

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    1. Yes, these small second hand shops are treasure troves, full of interest and intrigue. Many Hungarians shun them as they prefer the new rather than the old. But, long may it last as, for us, these places are indeed 'boxes of delight'!!

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  39. All those treasures seem flung at the walls with a kind of joyous, well-thought PLAN, and it would take more time than there is to absorb it all. My eye goes immediately to chandeliers---that small delicate one WAY up top, especially, and I consider, put it on my LIST, and walk on, in my usual antiques-store/be-careful stance, arms folded behind my back like some broody Dickens schoolmaster walking the aisles.

    I do love that Melinda is scribing the accounts into a book, instead of beeping that meticulous manicure across a machine---that’s a treasure in itself.

    What a treat to be so close to such a wonderful area---not just for the shopping, but for the BEING of it, the wandering and the appreciating.

    And when you’re next there, do go and lay a flower at the door of DEAR Dr. Semmelweis’ hospital---women of centuries owe their lives to his own ponderings and persistence.

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    1. Ah yes, Rachel, Melinda's pillar box red nails were both perfectly painted and a source of intrigue. As you say, so much better to be writing down the accounts in a ledger than risk chipping the nail enamel on cash register keys!!

      Semmelweis University remains an incredibly prestigious establishment and one should, as you say, give a thought to the medical advances that Semmelweis began so many years ago now.

      The eighth district is indeed full of such unusual and individual shops and it does make for an altogether more personal and interesting shopping experience. However, just wandering the streets is not without its intrigues!

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  40. What a wonderful shop - I'm sure you could spend hours in there! Mate sounds charming - I wonder if you could persuade him to take lessons?

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    1. Maté seems to us to be a young man of great resourcefulness. So, who knows, either he may learn to play or he may know someone else who can. Whatever, anyone who collects vintage cigarette lighters and yet never has cause to use them has a mystery and an appeal which we find beguiling.

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  41. Hello, Jane and Lance:

    The antique shop you visited is just the sort of place I like to explore — so much more exciting than when things are cleaned up and set in rows on shelves. In fact, I think one of the pleasures of antiquing is to come home and clean or polish the find. And my choice of the trip - that very graceful mirror that hangs next to Melinda.

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    1. Oh, Mark, how right you are about the mirror!! And, we had not even spotted it. Perhaps it will be still hanging there for our next visit...?

      And yes, there is something quite wonderful about taking a 'find' home and then to see it come into its true glory as one cleans away the grime. We purchased two pictures on this occasion and, after discarding the tattered frames, we really could appreciate what we had bought. We now hope that with new glass,mounts and frames they shall look reborn!!

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  42. Wow, what a find! I love Jugendstil/Art Nouveau jewelry, and had hoped to find some in Budapest during a trip in 1998. But when I asked, people looked at me like I was crazy. After 2 World Wars, 3 or 4 revolutions, Communism, fascism, did I seriously think there'd be any jewelry still around? Not of any provable (testable) value. Long gone. Look in Moscow, I was told. Look in Berlin, they said. Try Vienna. People who couldn't eat had no need for jewelry. A sad but true story.

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    1. What you say here is, sadly, very true. We are increasingly aware of the hardship which Hungarian people have suffered in recent history and the damage inflicted on so much by, first, a German army in retreat and then, secondly, by an advancing Red Army which, in turn, became the occupying Soviet force.

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  43. Oooh our kind of shop :-) One could spend hours browsing. Are you going to what you spirited away wrapped in a bin liner?

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    1. Absolutely no secret. Two rather good etchings dating from the middle of the last century and which are currently being reframed and which we hope will be ready this week. Also some sheet music from the 1930s.

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  44. Jane and Lance,
    I am on my way with a big truck! I could quite happily clear that shop of its stock. The gentleman on horseback painting could almost make up for my Baron disappointment. You are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful source of antiques and vintage at your disposal and you "for a steal" statement is the best bit. Sadly these kind of stores are few and far between in the UK now.
    Enjoy your purchases and maybe you can share your purchases with us.
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    1. We have often, with a degree of seriousness, thought of hiring a van and transporting 'stuff' back to the UK where, without doubt, it could be sold at a greatly enhanced price. Yes, Dianne, we do agree that we are most fortunate to have supplies of such goodly things on hand and are, not surprisingly, already planning a return to the shop once things are back to normal after this holiday long weekend.

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  45. That place looks like paradise to entertain one for hours just like a museum! How fun to be there and even find a new friend at the end.

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  46. does he know that he will subsequently become famous through a certain couple's blog?

    It's a pity, without the ability to play the piano he cannot possibly become your mad boy.

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    1. Some, as we all know only to well, have 'greatness thrust upon them'. Oh dear, can this be a good thing? We shall, dear Ursula, tread warily for we detect your wise counsel in the background.

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  47. Such interesting treasures, it must be so interesting to go into shops like that:)

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  48. Hi Jane and Lance,

    Indeed, a smile goes a long way.
    Congratulation for your deal, I wish I was that good at bargaining, my pocket would probably be happier today :)
    The shop looks spotless clean, the owners must love their business.
    Hugs to both of you

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    1. We really do think that the owners take a real pride in their business, Petro, and they could not have been kinder nor more patient. We could not believe it when they offered a 20% discount without anyone asking. But in the end we bought two etchings and our American friends found many things to buy so we hope that Tamás and Melinda thought that it was worth it.

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  49. Dear Jane & Lance,

    Your posts often have the capacity to make me smile. This post is no exception. The two of you must be the most hospitable people I know. So much fun meeting a new friend, but such a shame he doesn't play the piano :-)

    The shop is amazing. There is so much on display. I have never seen so many paintings on a wall. Every centimetre is in use. I would have loved to see what you bought in the end. Nosy person that I am!

    Wish you a happy new week. We celebrate our queens birthday tomorrow. Rotterdam will be one big flea market.

    Madelief x

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    1. Rotterdam as one big flea market, now that does sound something which should not be missed. What a perfect way to celebrate the Queen's birthday!

      We bought two etchings which are currently being remounted and framed and some sheet music from the 1930s which is now sitting on the piano. So, as soon as we have our pianist, we are ready to roll, as they say!!

      We have in mind that this would be exactly your kind of shop, dear Madelief, and are planning return trips in search of further treasures!!

      Hoping that your week goes well. The weather here is absolutely lovely, warm and sunny for the long holiday weekend!

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  50. Shops like this although super interesting are somewhat claustrophobic for me. Plus I would be afraid to knock over something.
    That said, what a wonderful treasure to look around and find something special.
    Looks like you had a lovely day.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Oh, Gayle, we do know exactly what you mean. Indeed, as there were four of us, we had to separate in the shop in order that each of us could have room to manoeuvre!

      However, that did not stop us rummaging about for hours on end and, of course, each of us finding special treasures to take home with us!

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  51. What a truly wonderful shop to enjoy! X

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  52. Dear Jane and Lance
    I wish I was with you in this beautiful shop! I could stay all day. A shop that takes you back in time with a full color and memories .
    Have a wonderful week
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    1. Dearest Olympia, we are absolutely certain that you would simply love this shop. As you appreciate all manner of vintage things, we are confident that you would be sure to find things to your taste and budget here.

      As you say, as one looks and wanders, one cannot help but be transported back in time and to wonder what the provenance was of all the things that line the shelves and the walls....

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  53. All over Budapest, cultured youths are surely buying cigarette lighters every day in the most interesting establishments with what insouciance they can muster, hoping that this may be the moment when the well-known blogging Hattatts happen along and at last they may be received into the inner circle. And what joy for Maté that he is the one! Luncheon! Forgiveness for not being a pianist! I worry that it will all be too much, too suddenly, for one so young.

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    1. Oh, dearest Mise, you do flatter us too much. Alas, we fear that we are not nearly well known enough. Otherwise, surely by now, the elusive Mad Boy would have made an appearance?!!!!

      Alas, Maté has the small matter of end of year examinations for his Business degree before he is free to have luncheon. However, we have absolutely no doubt that he is more than capable of holding his own.....after all, we know his entire life history already and that took him only a matter of minutes to disclose!!!

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  54. Envy, envy, envy....Oh, you lucky people to have such a place to browse around! We have many simliar shops locally, but far, far more snobby and selective, and many too daunting to enter as they exude that air of "You cannot afford me" and the proprietors tend to look one up and down in a very intimidating way!
    I'd happily spend a weekend in that shop!

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    1. Without a doubt, Tamás and Melinda are the most delightful of proprietors and that does make an enormous difference to the whole experience. They are knowledgeable about their stock, not at all pushy and extremely generous with the discounts they give to friends or to people making multiple purchases.

      Alas, as is customary in Budapest, they close at midday on Saturday and do not open at all on Sundays. Still, we could imagine spending Monday to Friday in the shop and still not see everything!!

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  55. I love reading your post. I felt like I was in the store with you, meeting such lovely people, sharing their stories. The images are wonderful as my eye is captivated my all the objects and individual detail. Lovely!!! Thank you for sharing your day!!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne, for your most kind and generous comment. Alas, there was little enough room for the four of us in the shop let alone you too!!!

      We are so pleased that you have enjoyed reading about this wonderful place which is now a firm favourite. We deliberately made the images extra large in order to try and recreate the feeling of the shop's interior, but nothing is as good as the real thing, unfortunately!

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  56. What a find that shop must be. I am aware that similar shops exist in Chester but the temptation, once inside, would be too great and we are reaching the point where we are running out of space!

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  57. By now you'll both be aware of my interest in second-hand goods. I must admit, though, to very rarely bringing paintings and trinkets back from my jaunts. That said, I could browse for hours, dreaming up stories about the original owners of these goods, the potentially grand homes these objects adorned.
    After looking at such things, which I find a very satisfying sensory delight, I find fluorescently-lit high street shops with generic, sterile fittings, to be a sensory overload, almost jarring.

    I hope you've had a.lovely weekend.

    Lucy x

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    1. But the browsing is, for the most part, the thing which gives the greatest enjoyment, and so we are completely at one with you there, Lucy. It is, as you say, always interesting to speculate on the origins of so many of the items and to wonder why and how they have ended up for sale.

      Traditional High Street shops, with their chain stores, bore us silly!

      This is a long weekend for May Day with a public holiday today and tomorrow. But wonderful with temperatures of 30C!!

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  58. Jane and Lance what a mouth watering post, I am drooling :) what treasures you have in the 8th district. Will have to make a pilgrimage whenever we are in Europe next time.

    Best wishes

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    1. Whenever you are in Europe we do hope that you will include Budapest as part of your itinerary when we shall be more than delighted to show you around, and take you to see the Pál utca shop.

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  59. Why it is like the cavern of Ali Baba with more treasures than the eyes can register! Seen all crowded together the unique pieces may be lost, but a discerning hunter will find a piece of art, forgotten for generations.

    So glad that you made a friend and urge you to continue the hunt for "mad boy." When he is found, please tell us his selection so we can imagine the music, the friendship, and the inauguration of the piano.

    Love your stories, mes amis.

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. For a small shop it certainly contains untold treasure but yes, as you say, there is a real danger of the 'unique' pieces becoming lost amongst everything else.

      Making new friends is always great fun and of course when the day dawns, and we have found our 'Mad Boy', then we shall most certainly wish to share.

      Thank you so much for visiting our blog and taking the time and trouble to leave a comment.

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  60. Oh my! Junk is junk the whole world wide! Love your description of the store as an Aladin's Cave because I certainly spy treasures.

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    1. Yes, Helen, we really do think that the world is in all probability filled with junk from end to end. But as we all know, one man's meat is another's poison [although, on reflection, that is probably not quite the proverb we had in mind]. Never mind, we are sure you get our meaning!

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  61. Hello Jane and Lance ~ This treasure trove is making me yearn for a visit to the eighth district (cash in hand!) and I think there is a continuing story here with the introduction of Maté in your narrative. There you go...leaving us with another cliff-hanger!

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    1. District 8 is definitely for the more intrepid, Carol, but we are sure that you would find the whole area hugely interesting with plenty of photo opportunities.

      And yes, the saga is more than likely set to continue!!

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  62. Visual candy! All that would be missing for me is the bottle of rum and ho ho ho! I do believe piracy runs in my veins and my family emblem should be a skull and cross bones... having said that I'd of course pertain to an honourable method of looting whereby I ALWAYS paid for my wares..... not traditional but far less risky... I think it's time to set sail for Budapest! Xx

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    1. If not piracy, then certainly a trolley dash through the shop would, we think, reap excellent dividends. Like you, we have always paid up front but, if one allows the mind to wander, then the life of petty pilfering could have an appeal......!! But we should hate prison when caught, as surely we would be!

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  63. Wow. So many wonderful things!
    Markus

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  64. It is like kissing heaps of frogs, before you find your prince. Ditto antique shops. You have to look through truckloads of junk until you find something utterly special. It is a breathtaking moment.

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  65. Dear Jane and Lance
    I wonder!! could Mate be the "mad boy" ..will have to see. I hope that your luncheon with him is a delightful day.
    I love the collectors shop. I stopped at every photo to look at all the intiguing items.
    They are loveingly kept, one can see.
    There is an old collectors shack that i go to some times ..but its so dirty and dingy.. I have however picked up a couple of items i liked and gave them a good cleaning.
    A most interesting post
    Thank you , I enjoyed visiting with you.
    happy Monday
    val

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    1. The inability to play the piano is, as we know you will understand, a distinct disadvantage for any 'Mad Boy' candidate.

      We think that you would much enjoy the shop, Val, for it really is a veritable treasure trove with some very good things mixed in with much which is less so. Your collectors' shack sound to be most interesting but we do know ourselves how it is very easy to be put off by too much in the way of dirt.

      Happy Monday to you too!

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  66. What a beautiful and coloured shop, dear Jane and Lance! I could spend many hours in it, I'm sure.. Photos are attractive as usual.. And you've made friends, too. Especially Mate is an interesting person, I guess.
    Every time I look at your page, I feel that I'm learning something more.

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    1. How very kind of you, Sihirli. Yes, the shop is hugely interesting and, as we hope that the photographs show, so very colourful.

      And, as you say, doubly wonderful to have made a new friend.

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  67. All that antique tresaure and here you go picking up a young man...tsk tsk. Great shop!

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  68. New Zealand, despite being a very young country, and Art Deco Napier in particular has plenty of similar emporia. Wonderful.

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  69. Good afternoon Mrs and Mr H,

    My first thought was to ask for advice on picking up young men in antique shops, but then I realised I'm not allowed to do that any more.

    Every glimpse into your daily existence over there offers more evidence that you were very wise to relocate.

    Regards,
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    1. Good afternoon, dearest Ben, how lovely it is to hear from you!

      Oh dear,perhaps as in 'picking up young men' and all manner of other things, we might, if given the chance, lead you astray. But, surely, what fun it would all be.

      Today the weather is 30C, the sky is azure blue, there is a light cooling breeze, the sun is shining and all our windows are thrown open.......what better time, dearest Ben, for you to relocate too?!!! Holiday?

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  70. wow what a cornicopia of delights!!

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  71. Wow, an aladdins cave! I'm spying treasures everywhere. I am particularly drawn to the lady and her ferrety companion. Is it a dog or a weasel, I'm not sure but I like his expression.
    Paul

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    1. Yes, an Aladdin's Cave indeed. One almost felt that a genie would pop out of a lamp at any moment.

      The woman and her dog [we believe] is very fine, just the thing for creating a 'mediaeval' ambience around the house. And, as for the dog's expression, well, with our myopic vision, we are hard pressed to see that the dog has a face at all!!!

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  72. My husband and my mom both love Budapest. How is it I'm the only one in my family that hasn't been? Can't wait to go! Until then, lovely looking at your pix...

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  73. Could it be, that after such a long search, you've finally found your Mad Boy? Fingers crossed and eyes peeking for your next episode!

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    1. How kind of you to show concern for the 'Mad Boy' predicament. But we really do feel that we should, if nothing else, insist on a pianist which Maté is not. But whilst the search continues, we remain confident!!

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  74. Your pictures are so fun to search through, so full of things to see. What a wonderful place this shop is. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  75. Dear Jane and Lance,
    to think that a few weeks before 'The Lady with an Ermine' was to be seen at an exhibition in Berlin - and now you can buy her almost for a song - accompanied by piano, I hope - in Budapest! Wonders do happen :-)
    Husband is always looking for books - (Prag was a beautiful treasure trove in days begone) - and a few years ago we endowed over 6000 very old German (!) detective novels to the Marbacher Literaturarchiv; that being a real exceptional case because normally they do not collect popular culture, but because nobody has collected it since 1890 on, there are no sources for scientists.
    So there are a few gaps in the bookshelves - that might convince him to come with me on a journey to Budapest :-)

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    1. How extraordinarily well spotted, Britta. And of course we had to have her to go with the piano posted about in 'Amore a Prima Vista' on which you were so kind as to leave a comment.

      Your gift of the books to the Marbacher Literaturarchiv sounds to be exceedingly generous. But how good that such a collection should be safeguarded for the future. Well, we really do hope that the gaps in the bookshelves may serve as a prompt to bring you both to Budapest where we shall be delighted to show you round - and take you to the Pál utca shop.

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    2. Dear Jane and Lance,
      thank you for that kind offer to show us around! It might happen - but now in May I am going to London (only a week - but in autum much longer), have to step on Albion's ground at least once a year.

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    3. You would be more than welcome and it would be something we should much enjoy. Just say the word!! In the meantime, enjoy your trip to London which we hope will not be wet as in recent weeks.

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  76. Oh, it's a good thing we don't have a store like that nearby. That would be the end of my new minimalist (within reason) style! How wonderful to strike up a new friendship along the way. But did Maté ever tell you why he was buying a cigarette lighter?

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    1. We did once try Minimalism, Mitch, and got nowhere with it and have now completely given up the struggle, hence we are to be found in shops such as the one in Pál utca.

      Maté simply has an interest in vintage and earlier cigarette lighters and collects them. We suppose it makes a change from stamps!!

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  77. I was sure I left a comment about this wonderful post (but I was using my mother-in-law's machine in NY, so maybe I didn't do it right).
    It all makes me imagine that this is the kind of stuff Alice flew past on her way down the rabbit hole. I just love it.

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    1. Oh yes, Elizabeth, you describe it perfectly. It was just as if we had fallen down the rabbit hole and had entered a whole new world of delights! And, we shall be back for more that is certain.

      We imagine that Blogger ate your previous comment!!! It happens to us often and it is so irritating. Still, the Blogosphere is another form of Wonderland isn't it?

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  78. I left my first comment here about a year ago. Oh how time flies! :D

    www.houseofhemingway.com

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    1. It is lovely to see you back. It seems incredible to us that e have now been 'blogging' for just over a year. But what fun we have had!

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  79. Oh my gosh!!!! I am just wishing I could be there!!! The shop looks amazing. I am looking for the perfect still life for my living room, and I am sure I might find it while also finding nearly a million other things!!!!!
    Again, love that you continue to visit my blog. We had an incredible day. Perfect for taking photographs!

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    1. We do agree, Cheryl, that the choice of available items in the shop is almost overwhelming and looking at the photographs again we keep seeing new things.

      Your own images are always amazing and give such pleasure.

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  80. Good Evening (my time) Dear Jane and Lance, The way you describe Budapest . . . the districts and this particular one . . . Number 8 . . . is so enchanting. It all seems a bit like theatre to me. Culturally rich and throughly entertaining. I love this shop too, of course, and could easily get lost there for awhile. Perhaps if you visit more often you might just meet someone who can play the piano. ;>) Wonderful photos! I hope we get to see the pictures you chose. Thank you so for your touching and thoughtful words over at Flower Hill. I treasure every one of your comments. I certainly feel privileged to share our worlds this way.

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    1. We find the time differences both interesting and confusing and can only imagine that now, as we write this, you are somewhere in the very early hours of the morning!

      District 8 of Budapest is certainly one of the more diverse and we are certainly lucky that, in a comparatively small city, there is so much cultural activity. And with a thriving Music Academy attracting students from all over the world we are confident that we should in time find someone to play the piano. We do hope so.

      Flower Hill Farm, in all its many different aspects, is one of the highlights of not just our 'blogging' but also of our lives. It is we who owe you so much, dearest Carol.

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  81. That would be a fun shop to poke around in for many hours. What beautiful and charming things. Too bad the young man does not play the piano.

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  82. I adore antique shops. Like in Aladdin's cave, you can find not just the silverware necessary for the dinner table, but also a necessary person :)

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  83. Hello Jane and Lance

    Glad to hear you are gallivanting around Budapest, supporting the local economy and speaking to strangers. Now that is what is called "multi-tasking". The search for Mad Boy must be exhausting. You come so near and then we start all over again in the search. Why oh why couldn't Mate have learned to tickle ivories? Gosh having said that, I hope you don't directly translate this last sentence to Hungarian, God only knows what it would say.

    This antique shop is a dream.

    Thanks for sharing

    Helen xxx

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    1. Oh, Helen, you now make it seem almost respectable and paint a picture of the two of us as perfectly normal people browsing in a second hand shop. What a relief!!
      There are occasions when, in the cold light of day, we wonder to whom the 'Mad' should be attached? But we won't go there!!!

      Whatever, NEVER use Google Translate unless you wish to be completely misunderstood!

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  84. There's something really rather magical about that china tiger and the mandarin.......

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  85. Aren't these the very best of shops in which to linger? Layers and layers of deliciousness. And you simply never know what will strike your fancy, until you find it, as a forgotten treasure, waiting to be loved again. Curious as to what you brought home, though.

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    1. How wonderfully you put this, Virginia, "layers and layers of deliciousness" which is, of course, exactly as it is. In the end we bought two rather fine etchings, one of a scene at Lake Balaton and the other of a winter scene in the City Park. They are, most likely, about sixty + years old and are now at the framers as their original mounts and frames were far too tatty.

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  86. Oh my.....i spy a bevy of miniature portraits, medallions, and sconces that are calling my name! Great post...thank you...k

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  87. You guys travel right up my alley! :D that shop is something the likes of which I spend my days haunting. Though I do believe that is a leopard, by the nature of the dots instead of stripes ;) Congrats on your steals, I have a heart attack every time a good deal comes along! :)

    Hugs,

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  88. Dear Hattatts,
    I have read and enjoyd both your latest blogposts.

    Many years ago I was reading a lot about the 20s and 30s and that of course included a lot about the photography of that time. It still fascinates me(Athough Taormina is a dream destination, as long as Amorgos, beacause of the Big Blue film and not the,
    otherwise very interesting photographs... ) A very interesting exhibition indeed.

    The lovely shop you've found is also a dream destination! Places stack with beautiful objects , good prices, and unexpected meetings with sweet people...
    What more is there to ask for...

    Although I seem to have abandoned my blog, I play around on pinterest and my old tumblr blog ( abouterleichda ).
    Is not the same, but is a way to have a bit of a digital life ; )

    Hope you've had some warm lovely days this weekend
    and the month of May will be a glorious one : )

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    1. Demie, how really kind of you to say.

      The exhibition, as we are sure you can imagine, was excellent in every way and we did feel that, by the end, we had learnt a great deal about the way in which photography developed in the early years of C20.

      As you say, the shop is a 'dream destination' and, whatever one's taste, we felt that there was something hidden there for everyone.

      We have greatly missed your blog but do so understand. Blogs cannot be allowed to rule one's life and there are always new things to take one's attention and capture one's interest. And that is surely good!

      At present it there are blue skies and a temperature of 31C. What more can we ask for?

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  89. This sort of shop always brings out the child in me. After all, what could be more exciting than treasure hunting. So, I would have dearly loved a closer look at the miniatures. I wonder what you took home!

    Anna

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    1. But how wonderful to have the child brought out in you, Anna. Sometimes we find that being grown up all of the time is somewhat waring.

      We found two etchings which, once returned from the framers, we may well post on our sidebar.

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  90. that's one of those shops you could go in every day and never see everything in a lifetime almost blinding to the eyes all to look at.

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  91. What a wonderful shop! I feel it is one where, were a woman to take a handbag, accidents could happen. So, this kind of shop is perfect for my favourite kind of shopping...I choose what I like and my husband pays...thus obviating my need for a handbag!

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      We are sure that you would love browsing in this shop but, it has to be said, there are accidents just waiting to happen at every turn!!

      We are thrilled to welcome you as our latest Follower and we were delighted to discover your own blog. We hope that you will continue to find what we write of interest.

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  92. Hi Jane and Lance,
    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. This is my first visit to yours, and I must say it's wonderful! Life in Budapest sounds lovely! I have been once before, a good few years ago, but I would really like to go back and explore some more! This shop you came across looks great, the type of place I would like to have a peek around!
    Have a lovely week,
    Clare

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    1. Thank you so much, Clare, for this really generous comment, and welcome as our very latest Follower.

      How wonderful that you have visited Budapest and know something of the City. It is a most interesting place to be, constantly changing and with always something new happening. We do hope that you will have the opportunity to revisit at some point in the not too distant future.

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  93. What a fascinating shop to explore. The history and workmanship of each piece would keep me interested for hours. I particularly like the look of the telephone in the first image. Sometimes I think it is sad that we live in such a replaceable world and that so much is thrown out and disregarded after such a short period of time. I hope the items find new homes soon. Fifi x

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  94. Thank you so much for this delightful view of Budapest - a place I have never visited - an thus all the more interesting xx

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