You may be able to tell that i love Redfern. Since arriving in Sydney in 2001 i’ve “mostly” lived in Chippendale and worked in Strawberry Hills – a miniscule suburb betwixt Redfern and Surry Hills primarily containing a large salmon pink building.
Redfern has always been my train station of choice and since Surry Hills (and the city) are slightly too far to walk during a break i often have lunch or coffee in Redfern cafés too.
A new type of shop is popping up in Redfern these days. A type my mum would call arty farty furniture.
This particular shop is called CRAM and doesn’t yet have business cards or a website or a listing in the Redfern/Waterloo urban walkabout guide or even any signage. But it *does* have some cool stuff and a whole load of personality – just like its owner who gave me this:
The first time i noticed this shop was because a whole herd of mannequins (or at least the lower half and nether regions) were standing out the front. It’s not something you see every day in Redfern:
Word has it the owner used to work on movie sets… the huge costume collection “out the back” and these costume boxes lend authenticity to the rumour:
Funky glassware – i noticed that he’s got the same ones in silver as well as aqua:
A 1970s style light fitting:
And a tiled table that the owner said would be worth thousands if he had time to restore it… as it is he said that he purchased it for over $1300 and will sell for as low as $170:
If you’re a collector of oddities (or just bored, like i was) it’s definitely worth having a look.