There is a strange little shop in a beautiful ramshackle old hotel around the corner from my house.
From the window it appears to be a vintage shop, as it has a display of old things that changes once in while.
At present the display has a girl mannequin and some vintage kitchen things with brown paper notes on saying things like 'make your own jam', 'use a handkerchief' and 'recycle your old clothes'. Ideas close to my heart!
There is a handwritten sign that says 'these brown paper signs were made in the 1990s recession. Now relevant to today. Save. Buy your recycled clothes here.'
The only thing is, and this is what makes it mysterious, is that the shop is NEVER open. I have lived here for three years, and I pass this little shop on the school run every day but I have never been able to get in. The word locally is that the owner puts a red chair outside when the shop is open. My friend Beck saw the chair once and managed to get in. She said that it was a bit strange, lots of lovely old things but it seemed like the shop owner didn't actually want to sell anything, and there were no prices.
It's driving me mad. One day I will get inside this shop and see for myself. For the moment I can only look in at the windows. Perhaps it is not a real shop but a shop for 'lost things' like Emily's shop in Bagpuss?