321 Cordova Street West, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1E5
A treasure trove for those who love the thrill of the chase — and finding oldies and goodies.
|Store Type |||Gifts, Antiques, Jewelry, Books|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||Waterfront Station|
|Cross Street |||Cambie Street|
Profile Last Updated: November 12, 2008
This funky antique and curios shop is cramped and creaky, just as you would imagine an old world bric-à-brac boutique. The owners, Lynn Brown and her husband, Gerald, are almost always there and are as quirky as the stuff they sell. Their knowledge of antiques is immense and it’s a worth a visit just to ask them about their favourite items. The shop has two floors with steep stairs to the basement not for the weak-kneed! Numerous French horns hang down one wall, proprietress Lynn’s personal collection that she has amassed because their shape reminds her of a cornucopia — like her shop. Visiting is an adventure and a perfect rainy Vancouver day activity!
Curious Cornucopia of Collectibles
From seashells to snowshoes to soapboxes, the treasures and trinkets you’ll find at Salmagundi are vast and various. Some particularly rare and memorable pieces include a gasmask from 1960s Russia and an army helmet from the Second World War. Art deco and Victorian are the prominent styles for décor pieces and tableware. Many film set and costume designers have stopped by to find their piece de resistance. And spotting Hollywood types browsing is a common occurrence. In addition to antiques, you’ll also find knickknacks and novelty items galore in the 100-drawer Chinese herbalist's chest among other nooks and crannies. The collection comes from markets, garage sales, estate sales and auctions all over the world. Salmagundi also buys direct from individuals, so if you like the Antique Road show, make an appointment to stop by with your item and see what it’s worth.
The rich history of Salmagundi West is not only found in the items on the shelves — the shop itself has a story. The store has been trading antiques since the early 1970s, when the collection was moved from Toronto’s Saint Lawrence Market. Lynn Brown thought up the name “Salmagundi,” which means a mixture or assortment, decades ago when the Bostonian was playing a dictionary game.