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Friday, 20 November 2015

My favourite gift shop

Needing a gift and card for a very special person, I take the short bus ride into the city centre to visit  one of my favourite shops. Oxford City Centre seems to be taken over by the usual high street chain stores, so I am pleased that there are a few shops still in private ownership. However, I have a short but interesting walk to reach my destination. Firstly I stop for a chat with a Big Issue seller and to pat his beautiful dog. Most of the Big Issue venders have an interesting and often sad story to tell, I especially enjoy chatting to this chap, perhaps it is because he is a fellow Yorkshireman!

The Big Issue enables homeless people to earn a living and hopefully get their life's back on track.
For more on the Big Issue see here

then past these cheerful smileys

and past the Green Man
and the chap playing what I think is a french horn
stopping to look at this splendid old building 
Finally I reach St Michael's Street and the reason for today's journey into town, the shop simply named Arcadia
The inside of the shop is an Aladdin's cave of exquisite, interesting and unusual items, please browse with me as I shop (clicking on the pics to enlarge will show them to better advantage)
So after browsing for ages and chatting to the owner and staff, I finally make my purchases and head for home.
I always enjoy coming to this shop which  has been owned and run by the same couple for the past forty years, a friendlier shop would be hard to find.




Marie Pretty Smith said...

We have been to the city of Oxford and loved it, though that was in the late 90s.

What a great project for the homeless. I bet you meet interesting people.

The store is beautiful. A feast for the eyes. It takes time to examine each picture. I shopped with you.

Great post.

sousca said...

When I came to Oxford around 17 years back, I had no home apart from my transit van. I knew no one in Oxford, but managed to make a new life for myself. At times life can be difficult, I know many street people who have either lost their homes through bad luck, or could just not cope with life. Some through alcoholism, drug addiction or mental health issues.

Marie Pretty Smith said...

the homeless are not invisible to you. Stopping to talk, taking the time to get to know someone is so important I think.

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Shammickite said...

Gosh, not a square inch of that lovely shop without something gorgeous to look at! I would be browsing the shelves in there for a long time, you'd have to drag me out. The Green man is interesting. Where our cousin Elizabeth lives, there's a tradition of Green Children coming out of the wood. Next time I'm in UK I'm coming to Oxford, it looks interesting. That dog looks a little like Carlo. And I remember the transit van.

Tess Johnson said...

What an interesting shop, I will certainly pay it a visit when I am next over that way. Thank you for sharing it.

Keith Smith said...

I see that shop has a large collection of the old Penguin Books. I wonder if there is a spare copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover among them. I remember reading it when I was at school and not fully understanding what was going on in it.

sousca said...

Welcome to the blog Keith. I remember all the fuss in 1960 when the book was published. The establishment showed how out of touch it was when the chief prosecutor asked “If it were the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read".
I think the sequel would be a better read, Lady Chatterley's Plover - An aristocratic siren shows her tender side by taking a sea bird under her wing.

Shammickite said...

back when all the fuss was going on, my mother asked me "Have you read Lady Chatterley's Lover"?
I replied, "ummm... parts of it". oops, wrong answer!!!!

Tomoko said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your comment.
I understand how you like that shop. There are many interesting items to see there.Lovely shop!

I will take a usual winter holidays from blogging soon.I will visit you in Next year again. Thanks!

sousca said...

You are welcome Tomoko, I hope you have a lovely holiday.

Tomoko said...

You too!