Out and About Town: Basel, Switzerland

Taking advantage of the city after indulging in way to much contemporary art back in June, I took a stroll around the Rhine River crossing back and forth over bridges it seemed - not looking for anything in particular. And, then, there is was, sunk down low in an otherwise unremarkable small building - one of the those spaces that are semi-below ground. Nonetheless, it's windows caught my eye: a bevy of 'antique' toys of all sorts - and just from the windows I could see stuff you'd be fairly hard pressed to find otherwise. It was the kind of place that was covered in dust and arranged just barely in a sensible fashion. But, you could easily imagine yourself turning things over, or finding some gem buried in a small pile. There were a few things I would have liked to have got my hands on... but, alas, when I went back the next day I could not find the place open - so I never got in and I didn't have the time to follow through with a phone call, etc. Which rounds out the general picture nicely - because it was one of those kinds of shops that you can just see the owner of - the kind of person not strictly given to following the opening hours. I'm not even sure the place had been open recently.

So, if you happen to find yourself in Basel anytime soon, you might wish to check the shop out and let us know what you find. Damn .... I really wanted to get inside! I've supplied a picture with the sign and info on it just in case you want to know more... but you can see from the pictures that if you get the chance, it could be worth it. That's assuming you have the same thrill we do for hard to find stuff from the past!


O Collins said...

I'm green with envy that you are in Switzerland - one of my favorite places in the world. You should hit up Luzern while you're there. You won't regret it. It's a short train ride away.

myredboots said...

what a curious shop!
i'm gonna try to get to this place very soon. i'll keep you posted.

MissMisc said...

I've been meaning to write a comment for sometime. I was in Switzerland during November & December of 2013. I went to this shop which has the oddest hours. Tuesday thru Saturday 11am-2pm. I managed to shop there after many attempts. (As the store sign with the hours is clearly wrong) The store is owned by a Swiss fellow, born & raised (bearing nearly no similarities to most Swiss shops.) The small store is crammed full of a vast number of things (and tons of junk) with a narrow path thru the middle. I spent nearly 3 hours there rummaging thru the badly packaged piles where I found some treasures to bring home to the States, including 3 vintage authentic 1960s Sasha Morgenthaler course dolls. HOWEVER, the peculiar shop owner is a heavy chain smoker, leaving everything and I mean EVERYTHING smelling of cigarette smoke, and much covered with cigarette ashes. All the same I did enjoy the "treasure hunt" during my visit there. I would say you're better off going to Ramazan Durmaz Brockenhaus in Basel, which is more affordable and easier to maneuver thru.