Sunday, September 28, 2008

'Antiquing' In Montreal


If you remember avocado appliances, you'll want to head for Amherst Street for those retro reminders

Daniel Drolet , The Ottawa Citizen

What did you do? I went antiquing in Montreal.

What's so special about that? Well, um, most of the antiques I was looking at weren't very old. They're from the 1960s and 1970s, in large part. If you grew up in a house with avocado-coloured kitchen appliances, burnt orange shag rugs and teak furniture, you'll know what I'm talking about.

And there's a place where you can find this kind of stuff? A whole district actually, in one section of Amherst Street, several blocks long, where a series of shops sell such items as chrome lamps, vintage beanbag chairs, eye-popping fabrics from the psychedelic era and "electronics," mostly a lot of old phones, hi-fi sets and televisions that look like astronauts' helmets. Things that people used to think looked futuristic.

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