Brixton news, rumours and general chat: Summer - Autumn 2018

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jun 21, 2018.

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  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  2. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Chairs are seldom cheap outside of something found in a charity shop. £45 for a chair that’s also a collectible item and can be resold in the future is by no means super-expensive, nor it implies the Village is becoming an exclusive hunting ground for rich people only. Those are not exactly Chippendale chairs.
     
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  3. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    I think we need to have a 'sarcasm' emoji. It's all getting a little confusing.
     
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's a secondhand child's plastic chair. For £45
    How much do you think ordinary families around here pay for a plastic seat for their kid?
     
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  5. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    Yes. and Banksy is just splashing paint on a wall. Fuck sake
     
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  6. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Which is also a collectable, and of a design some people will find attractive. There are all kinds of collectable items that will undoubtedly puzzle others. Fair enough if you can't see the attraction or value, but plenty of others will and one does not need to be rich, posh or trendy to do so.

    Plenty of venerable secondhand bookshops have a collectable/ first edition section. Would you be making the same kind of arguments if you spotted a first edition copy of an Agatha Christie novel priced at £50 in the window of Brixton bookshop? What an extravagant rip off when could buy the same novel as a second hand paperback for £1, right?

    Why? Is this shop the only supplier of second hand chairs in Brixton?
     
  7. alcopop

    alcopop Well-Known Member

    If they are in good nick then absolutely a bargain I think
     
  8. discobastard

    discobastard _______\+/_______

    I have no idea, what's the definition of an 'ordinary family'? If I wanted children's chairs then I'd buy these from Argos, 30 quid and a table thrown in, handily on Atlantic Road: Buy Liberty House Plastic Table & Chairs | Kids tables and chairs | Argos (funky colours ahoy here!) Or I could get them cheaper I'm sure if I scoured Gumtree or Urban75's legendary 'recycle your stuff' forum, on which I have gratefully given and received many things to date.

    If a market trader had found some very collectible/vintage designs, and wanted to flog them to make a living at what is considerably below the market rate (admittedly second hand), then is that not OK? If somebody was selling a vintage Gretsch drumkit or Lomo camera at a good price in the Village would you be making the same point?

    If some people want to pay £45 for £200+ vintage design chairs a la Philippe Starck, why should they not? It's not clear what you are specifically objecting to. Please be clearer if you can.
     
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  9. discobastard

    discobastard _______\+/_______

    The go-to location for super expensive, secondhand vintage stuff is actually Herne Hill or Church Road in Crystal Palace. There's prices there that would make your eyes water.

    Because somebody is selling those doesn't make Brixton Market the 'go to' location for that stuff. Hey, it might do, which would be a shame, but who are you to decide what people can and cannot sell to make a living?
     
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  10. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Why I don't use Brixton village much.

    I see some posters here are candidates for "I saw you coming". The whole joke behind that sketch is that idiots will pay loads of money for what in reality cheap goods.

    Good to see that this satirical comedy sketch is still relevant.
     
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  11. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I think the old "I saw you coming sketch" is totally still relevant when I read the posts here.
     
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  12. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    That the Granville Arcade I knew was full of affordable useful shops. Not eateries or "I saw you coming" shops.
     
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  13. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    Not sure that’s a sketch. ;)
     
  14. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Its reality in London. Despite being old.

    Mentioning old satire I was at new block of flats in West London picking up stuff which was straight out of Ballards "High Rise". The residents package included a "lifestyle consultant" and 24 hour concierge / security. Such is life in London now.
     
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  15. discobastard

    discobastard _______\+/_______

    That's a worthwhile comment. And so the issue is that the whole retail landscape has changed. And this discussion about cocktail bars and burgers has been had many times. And I acknowledge that wholesale gentrification is a bad thing. There are also still some affordable useful shops there, but a lot fewer than before. Many reasons for that I know.

    Posting up sarcastic comments about individual items for sale isn't really a good way to deal with that because it detracts from the issue at hand. Like I say, if somebody was selling a vintage drumkit, camera or vinyl or whatever else people on here are passionate about, the comment could equally be made is that there are some wonderful traders that have some really interesting stuff (whether or not you can afford them). And they may or may not be traders that have been in the market for a long time and have diversified. I'd love a vintage Gretsch drumkit. I couldn't afford it but would love to look at it.

    How much an ordinary family pays for a child's chair (not much I imagine as per my previous post) is entirely unrelated to the fact that somebody is selling four very collectible vintage design chairs for a quarter of the current new selling price. It's a distortion.
     
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  16. discobastard

    discobastard _______\+/_______

    *That* is worth railing against. Avocado Latte Newspeak.

    Not a market trader selling vintage collectibles at second hand market price.
     
  17. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    You really don't get this.

    Typical comment from you. Start by saying you agree then long post why in this particular instance its not relevant.
     
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  18. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Its the "lifestyle consultant" that will be pointing the residents of this new block towards traders selling vintage collectibles.

    There were some in the new flats "residents lounge". Which led to the residents cinema.
     
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  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    You didn't answer my question.
     
  20. DietCokeGirl

    DietCokeGirl [Your Ad Here]

    There's also fshmongers, butcher's, fruit and veg / grocery shops in Brixton Village. This idea that its only for rich people hurts those traders. If you dislike the expensive shops, perhaps support the last few family buissnesses, rather than write the whole place off.
     
  21. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    It wasn’t full for many years. There’s still some useful shops that I use regularly. Which shops are you missing?
     
  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    DIY shop, pet shop, the afro Carribbean bakery for example.
     
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  23. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    The pet shop is one of my earliest memories of Brixton from when I was a little kid in about 1955-6. Who remembers the wolf-whistling mynah bird? How times change!
     
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  24. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Do you mean Bleu? Moses moved to Herne Hill after he was priced out of Coldharbour Lane at least ten years ago.
     
  25. discobastard

    discobastard _______\+/_______

    Typical comment from you. Don't actually respond to anything I said. Or get it.
     
  26. discobastard

    discobastard _______\+/_______

    Spot on. It's irresponsible, context free distortion. Much like fencing-gate.
     
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  27. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I was delighted when that pet shop went. Depressing place keeping animals in cramped, dark conditions. Miserable.

    Wasn't the bakery D Bess? They are wholesalers now rather than retail. They had a huge site on Brighton Terrace (now the SLAM drug rehab place) and then moved to Acre Lane.
     
  28. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Great shop that. Bought a chair from him about 3 years ago, as we're on the subject.
     
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  29. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    The Canterbury is always one of the old Brixton places some posters on here bemoan about losing. But they are the ones that never supported it when it was open. Maybe if they had it would have been busier and the landlord wouldn't have been tempted to sell and cash in.
     
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  30. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    That
    That’s not for example. That’s it. And pet shops have closed all over. Often that’s a good thing as they did no favours to the pets they sold, while there’s little money to be made in selling straw and pet food.

    Romanticising what Granville Arcade used to be like in the nineties is pointless. Picturesque but half empty.
     
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