I have never come across a middle aged couch potato working in a sports shop. Nor have I met many skinny chefs. In the same light I have never met a proprietor of an antiques shop who isn't, well, who doesn't remember the good old days, shall we say.
The gentleman at the helm in Potters Antiques is no exception. Tweed jacket, wry smile and friendly look all in tack the shop owner will sit and sort whilst you peruse at your leisure. Should you have an enquiry he will quickly consult the encyclopaedia he keeps in the top left hand corner of his eye, and begin. Coins from all ages, stamps, playing cards, royal-wedding memorabilia and a billion other odds and ends you could never have imagined all gather around in pots, buckets and tins.
As the name above the window suggests, along with the wild assortment of different things in the window, this is a shop for antiques; for pottering amongst antiques. If this is the sort of thing you fancy then I'm sure you'll pop in anyhow, and if it isn't the sort of thing you fancy you can just wander on by.
Potters is an independent antiques and coins store located near the Christmas Steps and the centre of Bristol. It is a really cute, old shop with a huge variety of goods inside. It is a little crowded in there and I was a little overwhelmed with all the products, and it did seem as though too much was crammed into a small space.
However, it was not busy when I visited, therefore I could easily navigate around the shop and I wasn't hurried out when I didn't buy anything. The shop window (as in the photograph) is a good indication as to what to expect in store.
This shop is what it says on it's sign, thousands of old coins, notes, antique ceramics, paintings and tonnes else all crammed into every nook and cranny in this tiny shop. Despite its lack of space, it is this factor that makes it so endearing. I was nervous about knocking anything down by accident with my big bag!
The gentleman at the counter won't pay much attention to you while you're browsing around, but is very happy to help should you have any questions about the items. A truly quirky, enjoyable shop to dig around.
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