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#WeNo Insider’s Guide to Maddison’s second hand shop

For this edition, our roving reporter headed past St Lukes up towards Rosebery’s auction house.

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If you are a dedicated bargain hunter with a passion for second hand goods, then Maddison’s is a treat. The forecourt is a jumble of furniture. Inside, the shop is crammed with bookcases, chest of drawers, desks. The odd chair dangles from the ceiling. All of this is interspersed with bric a brac. It’s the type of shop where you need to look carefully and rummage; hard to manoeuvre around, with little focus on presentation, certainly worth peering behind bulky items for hidden treasures.

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Whilst our intrepid FEAST reporter was talking to owner Ian, a steady stream of people browsed or purchased. The last was a young man who happily carried off a working typewriter. Ian commented he has regulars who pass by every couple of weeks. Each has their own particular interest, be it 50’s furniture, records, vintage cameras. And tellingly, about 35% of customers are trade. Note. You have been tipped off – because these are dealers looking for quality goods to sell on in their shops.

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There are historic links to nearby Roseberys. Ian was first introduced to Roseberys by his antique dealer dad, keen to settle his son into the world of work when he returned home from travelling. For 11 years Ian worked at Roseberys; initially selling catalogues, becoming a furniture porter, cataloguing and doing bits of valuation work. When Roseberys began concentrating on higher value antiques, he saw a gap in the market. In 2003, he set up shop in a former butchers called… yes…Maddison’s. The name stuck. He took the original shop sign with him 4 years ago when changing premises.

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So where does Ian get his stock? Well, about 85% comes from house clearances. Which explains why Maddison’s mid week opening is ad hoc – Ian will be out doing clearance or downsizing work. Call ahead to check opening, but Saturdays in the shop is the busy day – always open with fresh stock. Ian looks wistful “Its amazing how much people amass over a lifetime”. He recently cleared a massive 7 tons out of a studio flat.   Inevitably some of this stuff goes to the tip (one property contained 30 broken kettles, another a collection of cheese labels from around the world). However, he recycles as much as possible. To that end, Maddison’s has an on going relationship with neighbouring charity shop Emmaus. Ian donates over a van load a week to Emmaus; mainly lower value items like books. In contrast, some of the vintage curios now goes to Mabel’s Five and Dime. This is Maddison’s new sister shop, based in Sydenham.

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Maddison’s

86 Knight’s Hill

SE27 0JD

Call Ian for weekday opening times 07956 832970

Sat 10 to 4pm

 

 

WeNo Insiders Guide To…Studio Trap

Presenting… Studio Trap, West Norwood’s very own tattoo parlour, just off Norwood Road on Chatsworth Way. The shop frontage is eye-catching with a tall billboard of Marilyn Monroe, tattooed.

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If your idea of a tattoo parlour is a seedy, dark room, think again. Owner Donnie has worked hard to create a bright, inviting space, including newly laid wooden floors and whitewashed walls. Standing on the pavement, you can see through to a light, uncluttered reception area. It is more like entering a hairdressers, albeit with a high concentration of tattooed people inside. The main visual clues to the service being offered here… a line of brightly coloured inks and reclining chairs. So this is the place where people come to get inked. Or pierced.

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Donnie sat opposite our intrepid FEAST reporter and grinned. Our first question had to be “How did you get into this line of work?” He recounted how from an early age he was into drawing, has an artistic background, and has exhibited. In his thirties, he got his first tattoo from a home-based tattooist in Streatham. He recalls, “I came away thinking I could do this”. So he started practising at home, on himself, on friends – until he was ready to open a business. His self tattoos are like line drawings – simple but striking. Initially, Studio Trap was based on Knights Hill in the basement of Fashion Clicks. It moved to the current street-level premises on Chatsworth Way a couple of years ago. Now Donnie has a team of freelance tattoo artists, each with their own area of expertise. He points at Marek, “He likes realism and working in black and grey”. Donnie explains that the needles have varying thicknesses, such as fine ones for detail, and then there are the batches of 14 plus needles that are used for shading. He muses, “You always remember your tattoo artist.”

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Customers include regulars, but mainly are recommendations. People even travel from outside London, having seen Studio Trap work via social media. This is where Donnie’s digital marketing seems to have paid off. The website has a small gallery of tattoos, but on Instagram Studio Trap boasts over 16,000 followers. In fact, business must be good, because Donnie has recently opened a second shop, Tatu Society in Tower Bridge Road, and is training apprentices.

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And what do people come for… well anything really, ranging from star trek logos to detailed pieces like the head of a native American chief. And the longest amount of time Donnie has taken on a tattoo – 20 hours on a full sleeve (‘whole arm’ to the uninitiated). Not in one sitting! The most surprising request – a 72-year-old who wanted a Kama Sutra tattoo on her calf.

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Tempted? They sell gift vouchers…

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Studiotrap

2 Chatsworth Way

SE27 9DL

http://www.studiotrap.com

 

Mon to Fri 11 to 8pm

Sat & Sun 12 to 6pm

#WeNo insider’s guide to Goodways Electronics

Presenting…Goodways Electronics; a humble gem of a workshop hidden away in Dalton Street.

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Here a whole range of repairs are undertaken by owner John. Our intrepid FEAST reporter squeezed into the space in front of a counter dominated by flat screen TV’s. Through the gap framed by this line of TVs, you can glimpse the workshop behind. Its crammed with electrical parts and appliances queued for repair.

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So what does John repair? Well there is an impressive and intriguing list; TV’s, DVD players/recorders, vacuums, Dualit catering toasters, GHD hair stylers, Hi Fi equipment, Kenwood chef mixers and remote controls. John explains most of his trade comes from repairing TVs, which are now more complicated than the old cathode ray tube sets. Customers bring their screen into the workshop – this keeps repair costs down. And remote controls? They often get broken or overused! Vacuum cleaners ? Well they should have a 5-10 year lifespan, but John says he fixes machines as young as 2 years. And what is the oddest appliance he has been asked to mend? He pauses, grins with the recollection. A breast feeding pump! And yes, he did repair it.

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Not surprisingly, Goodways customers are almost exclusively from West Norwood. In fact, Goodways has a loyal following sometimes spanning the generations of local families. How so? Because it is one of West Norwood’s longest standing businesses, having existed since the 1930s. It is even featured in its former high street location in the charming 1946 film, Suburban Weekend. Then known as Waygoods (note inspiration for the modern day name), the business consisted of a electrical goods shop and a repair workshop. The faded sign from its former glory days can still be seen on Chatsworth Way.

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After studying at the since demolished Norwood Tech College, John started working at the original shop when he was 21. He recalls being asked to sell a kettle to 1970s TV personality Keith Chegwin! Now, if you do need to visit with an ailing electrical appliance, don’t go in on a Wednesday. That is when John is out and about doing CCTV and TV installations.

Goodways Electronics

27A Dalton street

SE27 9HS

Mon – Fri 9 to 5pm and Sat 9.30 to 4pm