The Bric-A-Brac Shop

The Bric-A-Brac Shop


I love stores like this
You walk in and the feeling is instantaneous
Like entering into a good friend’s home
The smell of old wood and finishing oil
That welcomes you 
The moment you step through the door
Wandering around transfixed 
Wanting to touch everything
So many interesting things
Playfully peeking out
That capture the attention
Items placed slipshod upon the shelves
With no rhyme or reason 
Just looking to fill the spaces 
Shopkeepers with no quandary 
About aesthetic or design
Mixing antique with new 
And the eclectic assortment all seems to work
The items as varied as their purpose
Hooks and handles, clocks and candles
All sort of bits and bobs
Rendering themselves into whatever you can imagine
It’s hard to leave without a treasure 
But with a momentary photo op
I take home the entire shop


Words and Image: ©2019LCR
Submitted to: Real Toads Word Prompt (prompt words in italics)

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  1. Well, that is a good way to shop! With camera in hand. Loved this stroll through an interesting shop.

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    1. Thank you! My favourite way to shop these days!

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  2. There is an undeniable charm about antique and bric-a-brac stores! Thank you for writing this wonderful descriptive piece.

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    1. There really is! So much fun to visit. Thank you.

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  3. Oh yes, I so agree! And enjoyed walking around this one with you. Glad you took the photo-op. :)

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    1. Thank you. The photo really was just taken on impulse but it's funny how much it makes me smile.

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  4. Lori, I love to visit those shops. So I enjoyed going with you, I shop from booth to booth. Seems I always have something I'm looking for. Right now it is some matching coffee mugs.
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    1. I like really big coffee mugs... the ones that hold two cups instead of one. I'm a big coffee lover! The search is sometimes better than the find!

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  5. I too like shops with a jumble of things. Great poem.

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    1. Thank you very much! There's always something new to find!

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  6. Often in Bric-a-brac stores you find something that reminds of you of your past so you want it to keep the link alive as though you were a time traveller!

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    1. That is so true. For me it's the old glass door knobs. They always seem to have a basket of those somewhere. And old keys.... sounds like the start of a good story!

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  7. I love jumble sales, etc. They're fun!

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  8. How great!!! I love these places too, can't resist them.

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    1. There's always something new to see. Have to visit this one every time I'm in town!!

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  9. This is a good use of the phone... otherwise my house would be even more cramped than it is.

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    1. I couldn’t leave without something! Mine would be the same!

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  10. “Hooks and handles, clocks and candles
    All sort of bits and bobs”.

    Yes, it is fun walking through such places. You brought it to life.

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    1. I never know what I’m gonna find. It always feels like a treasure hunt.

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  11. My favorite kind of shops, although I end up spending far too much time in them. Love your description in words and photo.

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