Thursday, January 12, 2012

[ bob's antique museum ]

TODAY I visited the most fascinating place - The Antique Museum, known as Bob's after the lovely man who runs it. Not a museum at all, but a vast, dusty warehouse of tiny passageways overflowing with treasures from across the Middleast and Asia.


Looking for an enormous camel or elephant? Bob's got it! A pretty Turkish lantern? Yup! Handcrafted table linens, curtains, pillow covers, bowls, tribal drums and masks, unique carved furniture, inset boxes and nesting dolls... it's a treasure trove of goodness!

And though you may be rummaging around in a jam-packed warehouse, you are greeted by friendly staff handing out a sturdy bag for shopping and presenting drink refreshments on a silver platter to keep you hydrated during your hunt. Step through the heavy carved doors into one of many dark, overflowing rooms. You could easily get lost in this place but a lovely man escorts you from one large room through to another and another.

Photos weren't allowed so I don't have much to show but I will share the treasures I went home with...


Once we were finished and were ready to pay, we were all shown to a comfy Arabic sofa to wait, given wet wipes to clean our hands and treated to Arabic tea, biscuits and dates. Definitely the most hospitality I've ever experienced in a warehouse! Needless to say, I'll be seeing Bob again!

lisa

14 comments:

Tonia said...

Now that's my kind of place. Those shells are gorgeous!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Oh... I could spend a lot of time in a place like that... even without the tea and biscuits! How were the prices? I'm thinking we could start a little import biz :) Love what you brought home with you!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Omg I bet you were a kid in a candy store! It's like winning the lottery! I'm excited for you to find such a treasure! And have unbelievable treatment too....wow!

Karena said...

Lisa I could spend hours and hours there! I am sure every time you turn a corner there is another treasure.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Pinecone said...

What a cool shopping experience! I especially love the bowl you got.
Thanks for your comments on my post - it is so true, every time you move you never know how it's going to turn out to be. I like when we move places where there are a lot of transplants since of course they are in the same boat.
I am glad that you have made great friends already in Dubai - Ireland sounds like it was pretty bad.
xo

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

Oh how amazing, totally the thrill of the hunt when you have to rummage for it. Love your finds...especially your bowl...I have a thing for bowls. Happy Thursday!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

That shop looks like it would be so much fun to explore and you found some great items. Their hospitality make it all the better! Thanks for sharing such a unique spot!

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

I want to go shopping there!

Pinecone Camp said...

Oh man, do I ever want to rummage through "Bob's"! Your bowl,is so pretty!

a happy little life said...

OHHHHH those colors!!! How fun and exciting and such treatment! You found some very lovely goodies! Lucky girl! :)
Happy Friday! XO Tracie

Robynne's Nest said...

Now, that's what you call service...a far cry from the sour and grumpy service often received in some antique emporiums I frequent! Robx

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a cool, cool place! I'd love to accidentally get trapped in there over night and browse to my heart's content!!!

Sarahx

Meeling said...

Sounds like an ideal shopping experience to me!! Great finds too!

Peggy said...

I am not a shopper, per se, but that warehouse is my kind of place. How fun!

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