As I wander the suburbs of Adelaide I feel an almost magnetic tug when I go past collectibles and and second hand shops. It's quite strange because I rarely buy anything, but I do enjoy having a browse through things that bring back memories of times gone by.
And so it was when I visited cute cafe Bond & Lane Canteen for brunch in Colonel Light Gardens. Next door but one stands the Three Card Trick retro shop, and impulsively I went inside to explore their displays.
Owner Jane said that Three Card Trick had been operating for about two and a half years, and concentrated on retro things from the 1950's to 1980's. Unlike many second hand stores where the merchandise is just heaped into piles, there was a logic to the arrangement of the displays.
A wall unit contained an array of homewares - colourful glassware contrasted with a plain white tea set, and a collection of Reader's Digest Condensed Book volumes could be purchased to add a literary air to your lounge room.
A pair of pastel Ericophones (also known as Ericofon) represent the pinnacle of industrial design for the 1950's, and they are now represented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Modern day fans who appreciate their design have actually published how to re-purpose Ericophones as Bluetooth receivers.
There were a good variety of knick-knacks from the middle decades of the twentieth century at Three Card Trick, so why not swing by Colonel Light Gardens and take a look. It's a great excuse to sample the delicious brunch menu at Bond & Lane Canteen at the same time!
You can also find Three Card Trick on Facebook, where Jane frequently posts photographs of her latest captures. Liking the page is a good way to keep up with stock changes without the need to call in. But then again, there are some fringe benefits to a personal visit...