When my daughter had her place at Portsmouth Uni confirmed two years ago one of my colleagues at work told me that I must visit Albert Road at Southsea, as it was just my type of place! Although I have driven along there many times it has usually been on a Sunday, or when we are busy moving my daughter in or out of lodgings. So last Friday we arranged to have a girls day out and while my daughter was attending a lecture, I took myself down part of Albert Road.
Albert Road, see link here, is a long road full of independent traders selling a multiple of items ranging from retro clothes, antiques and crafts and quirky shops. Bellamy's above is a beautiful shop with a lovely window display to entice you in! They had some lovely silver jewellery and glassware and metal signs and the owner had a very friendly nine year old labrador.
There was also a great display outside a shop dealing in Architectural Antiques.
In another lovely shop called Flo and Stan that specialises in retro gifts and vintage treasures, I asked whether I could take some photos. I saw items that transported me straight back to my childhood. I remember egg cups like these!
At the back of the shop they even had a tuck shop. I had to buy some black jacks and fruit salad chews just for old times sake and they tasted just as good as I remember!
My visit ended at Langford's Antiques - my camera batteries by this time were giving out. I have never been in shop like this before. It was literally jam-packed full of bits and pieces. Items of furniture were piled on top of each other. There was so much to see I could have spent all day in there!
I am sorry it has taken me so long to visit these shops but it won't be the last time. I hope you enjoyed seeing them too. Do you have a favourite shopping area that you like visiting?
I have to admit I didn't come home empty handed! I saw this 1950's cup in Flo & Stan. The pattern is called "Quite contrary" and part of the Midwinter range. I love the exploding stars in blue, pink and turquoise and the shape of the cup and handle. It was designed in the 1950's, when after the war years they wanted to inject some fun into everyday objects. (Another cup and saucer at home are now on their way to a charity shop - I do try to operate one thing in on thing out!)