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Shopped: 69A, Renshaw Street, L1

Ben Patey peruses all the stuff on offer at one of the city's oldest curiosity shops

Published on June 23rd 2008.


Shopped: 69A, Renshaw Street, L1

Where?
69A Intandane
75 Renshaw Street
City Centre
0151 708 8873

History
First established in 1976, 69A used to be the shop's street number until it moved into its current premises at 75 Renshaw Street. Intandane has two meanings. In Zulu it means 'orphan' and in Xhosa it can also mean 'something to be loved'.

What does it sell?
A large sea trout stared at me warily as I entered the shop. As I made my way through the incense smoke, the Incas and Conquistadors were doing battle on a chess board whilst an African mask looked on with vague interest. Through the dense forest ahead I could just about make out Shiva, the great Hindu god's flailing arms pointing to the treasures within. One arm pointed towards some vintage clothes and a Chinese 'diving dragon' saucer dish - another gave away the location of a stuffed buzzard sat high by the poetry books who looked ready to attack an old vulnerable looking rocking horse.

You see, 69A's a world within a shop. Everything appears rather dream-like until you walk outside to the sobering site of Rapid across the road. I came out feeling like I'd been in a monsoon when all I'd actually done was play with a rainstick.

Who shops there?
It's hard to put a label on your average antique shopper although when I Google imaged 'antique hunter', the following image appeared.

When I was there an elderly gentleman was eyeing up some magnificent jugs a younger lady possessed. She in turn turned her nose up at the helmet he had in his hands. Meanwhile, a student perused the wealth of vinyl, pausing briefly to check out a bird - the stuffed buzzard who was still looking rather shady.

Why shop there?
There's nowhere like it in Liverpool. African, vintage clothes, records, books and antiques. 69A sells it all. In fact, any kind of curios you can think of is certain to be in here somewhere.

And it's all decent stuff.

The experience alone is worth a trip. It really is like walking into a foreign land full of the weird and wonderful.

Aside from all the great clothes, records, antiques etc, you can also buy old coins. I tried to be clever by paying for an old five pence coin with a new annoying variety. In the end I got it for free.

Future?
Dealing in the past.

Verdict?
Curios and curiouser.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Stanley StreetJune 23rd 2008.

Ardy. The notice they had in the window when they were closing down was that they were joining the Business of ‘Thews’. A quick check on Yell.com draws a blank which must be wrong because the coffee importers in Blackburne Place is called Thew and that wasn’t brought up either!

Aaron JumpersJune 23rd 2008.

Quite right Folkie! Lots of people who watch too much American television on Channel Four have pretentiously affected the inability of Americans to pronounce 'Aaron' correctly. Of course it rhymes with 'square 'un' as in the popular community song about noses.

R.A.GarseJune 23rd 2008.

Didn't another secondhand dealer, a bloke called 'Illy' take over the old shop at 69a Renshaw Street? His shop didn't seem to have a name.Anyone remember 'Olly's' in Bold Place?

Stanley StreetJune 23rd 2008.

This shop was the original 'Quiggins', an architectural ironmongers that moved out and merged with another business. The secondhand dealers who moved in kept the name 'Quiggins' and took it with them when they moved en masse to School Lane in the 1980s. The rest is - as the old cliché goes - history.Who remembers the original trendy secondhand chop Déjà Vu on Hardman Street? Or ‘Shardean’ off the stairs to the Acorn Gallery in Newington, and the lady on Mount Pleasant in the former ‘Trésor Boutique’?

FolkieJune 23rd 2008.

Don't you mean Arran jumpers?

PoloJune 23rd 2008.

69a in the 80's was the best place for Aaron Jumpers.

ArdyJune 23rd 2008.

Does anyone know whether the original Quiggins, "Architectural Ironmongers" still exists anywhere? Now THERE was a fascinating shop.

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