In the decaying ruins of West Newcastle lies a 4 storey building named generically "The Store", when it was first opened it served as a hub for markets, with a large grocery area at the bottom with food courts and.. tobacconists... It was the perfect place for the lower rungs of society to mingle and swap wares.
Then it shut down for about 10 years.
The floors are now open again for markets, and the wife wanted to check it out. I was skeptical, but grabbed my camera and decided to make a blog entry about it.
Remember that old Monty Python Movie "The Meaning of Life?", out of the main movies they made it was the worst. And despite being made in 1983 some software company thought they were on a winner when they decided to make a game out of it:
There were 4 boxes full of them. Even for a dollar I didn't bother grabbing it.
There was even a Star Trek Voyager book there, I couldn't think of anything worse.
These books were on the "Girls 7-10" table.
I think the boy on this cover is meant to be an angry teen. But the windmill and Rick Astley haircut doesn't help his macho image.
"THAT'S NOT A PROP IN YOUR POCKET!"
The "Everything 1 dollar" area. Nothing but absolute shit.
With a large variety of children's DVDs!
And utterly confusing products.
The entire place looked like a shanty town. In that blue tent was "authentic shiatzu massage", I glanced inside, and it was this fat asian man leaning on people.
Cherry Glow Lipstick Twilight.
EVERY market EVER has a fucking framed Indian poster.
This authentic framed Kiss poster will look great in any room in your house.
Again, EVERY market. There's a series of framed "semi naked medieval woman" drawing.
Explain to your family why you're single with our brilliant Shawn Michaels collage poster.
This poster got The Godfather and Scarface muddled up
Like white sweaty irishmen? Well WE HAVE THE POSTER FOR YOU!
"Scared as fuck" dog, 5 dollars
I used to live with a Sri Lankan girl in Newcastle, everything she owned look like this. Now I know where she shopped.
"Hello".. This carefully written note was placed above a statue of death holding an ashtray.
At the back of the fruit shop, the ruins of a lost dream. The markets only took up 40% of the building. Someone had an idea of a large sprawling bartertown.
This Asian man aggressively took 40 dollars worth of tomatoes. He filled GARBAGE BAGS with them. I grabbed 6 tomatoes and he gave me the stare of death.
Best part of the markets was right here, any spice you could think of, cheap as shit.
Weird ass teas too.
At least the markets knew what demographic would show up. Wrestling appeals to the lowest common denominator. And there were wrestling toys everywhere.
Zombie Pirates of the Caribbean? I get Orlando looks like that when he's banging Miranda Kerr.. I know I would
A perfect gift for the man with everything: ARTHRITIS
"Display only", these inflatable castles were right at the back of the building in a poorly lit area. I could have sworn I heard a van engine running....
Goth dolls for the modern child.
"HUUUUR FANTASTIC FOOOR"
And finally, we came across a sticker stall, the man was creating a new one as we talked to the salewoman. It didn't come out properly, but in large fancy letters on that monitor are the words "CUNT BITCH"
You stay classy Newcastle!