Aladdin's Cave, Lewisham Way




Aladdin's Cave is the reclamation yard on Lewisham Way, not to be confused with the Aladdin's Cave cafe in Crofton Park.

Having admired its life-size model of Predator for years, we went in there for the first time yesterday, on a chair hunt. The place is mind boggling. An Escher drawing of chair legs, a tunnel of fridges, a garden of kitchen equipment and a menagerie straight out of a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film.

It's the sort of place we're really glad exists, but which we lack the wit and ingenuity to make use of. We left chairless, overwhelmed by the variety of chairs and wondering how they fitted everything in.

58 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

I bought a cast iron letter box flap thingy from there. You have to get over the English reluctance to haggle though.

One of the chaps there was a bit surley when I tried to beat down the price of a fireplace but hey, it's not john lewis.

Good place though, hope they don't tidy it up to much.

The Royal Albert said...

Love that place but have never found anything to buy somehow

drakefell debaser said...

I went there looking for a door knob, found one that would need a good clean and a lick of paint and was quoted £45 for it. I declined seeing as you can buy a brand new one for far less than that.

Some interesting stuff though.

Anonymous said...

Lewisham Road Station

Now Then said...

Above with Link was me. Always felt it might be a great station

Now Then said...

But that link leads nowhere. Its on 'disused stations, Lewisham Road', some great pics of the building in its (very short) heyday.

david said...

interesting stuff but so much of it is either out in the weather or under a leak in the roof that you need to be really lucky to find the right thing and in salvageable condition ...

Anonymous said...

How about the yard at New Cross by Deptford Green School which has cars on its roof.

Headhunter said...

Yeah I've heard lot's of people say that they've found a lovely magazine rack/set of bookshelves/chest of drawers etc but been quoted a price more consistent with an antiques market in Chelsea. How are they still in business? Has anyone actually ever bought anythnig there? On the other hand one of my neighbourse tried to sell them a period fireplace surround and they offered him about £30!

Anonymous said...

HH, what tends to happen is that you buy stuff and sell it for more. Then you look at the cost of running the bussiness , rent, wages, insurance. If the money you make from selling and buying covers the costs you 'break even' if you have money left you make a 'profit'. If you can't cover your costs you eventually get bailed out by the tax payer..... sorry, go bankrupt.

Tommorows lesson, "How to Breath and Type at the same time - multitasking for beginers"

steptoe said...

I believe one of the ex owner's Rob, used to export some of the stuff to Japan.

Son said...

Import dad immmmport

Now Then said...

It was pretty good in Robs day. Now there was a man who might source you a clocktower!

Headhunter said...

He exported to Japan? No wonder he has an inflated idea of what his junk, I mean stock, is worth. When I taught English in Japan, students of mine would think nothing of dropping £500 on a pair of ripped Levi 501s from the 1970s sold in some boutique. A friend of mine in the US had a friend who ran a thrift store in NY, her eyes would light up when young kids from Japan rolled in, she could literally triple her prices. I think the owner's forgotten that his shop is in Lewisham and not downtown Shibuya.

Now Then said...

That was ex-owner H.H.

Headhunter said...

Well the pricing policy seems to remain...

Now Then said...

Do you remember Robs prices then?
Give it up....

Headhunter said...

Give what up? I'm just commenting on prices at Aladdin's Cave...

Now Then said...

And,though I hate to be negative about local business, I'd have to agree with you. I'm just suggesting that you might'nt remember what prices were like there some 8 years ago. Seems to have been full of bargains then. I have some in the garden. No repro sold either.

Now Then said...

Summers were better as well. @MB, what percent reduction did you get on your cast iron letterboxy thing, for one of which, I'm in the market?

Brockley Kiwi said...

I bought a nice Victorian side table at a very reasonable price last year. Although the lady came across a little grumpy when I counteroffered she was willing to negotiate but firm on her flooor price.

I can't get over the apparently high turnover of unusual merchandise. 8 foot camel statues, James Dean figures, shocking pink lounge suites ....

Monkeyboy said...

The letterbox was a repro, although looks
great. I assume it was 'cos she had several and I saw identical ones on eBay. It was cheaper at aladins and now
tense bidding war.

I'm a little non plussed about the outrage at prices. I was quoted a silly price for a tatty mantle piece so I didn't buy it. It's not as if they are selling baby milk to the third world. Only trying to earn a crust, I'd do the same.

Headhunter said...

Yep, they're perfectly within their rights to charge what they wish, but the number of times I've heard people say they're overpriced, I'm just surprised they actually sell anything. However it seems people do buy stuff there and it is just about possible to haggle to something nmore realistic so good luck to them...

Matt-Z said...

The staff in there were nothing but helpful last time I was there. I was looking for an awkward sized door and came away empty handed, as they didn't have one, but they bent over backwards to look for one, which is no mean feat in that place with its huge stock crammed in to every bit of available space. The prices weren't too bad either.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I am told most of the furniture at the Talbot (inside and outside) came from there.

I have to say I consider it a bit of an eyesore. I am suprised the Brockley Society have not complained especially as its just outside the conservation area.

A nice shiny new Big Yellow store would look much better IMHO.

SonofaGun said...

Exactly TM its outside the Conservation Area.

Now Then said...

Howzabout, ahem, a brand shiny new ELL station on a branch line

Headhunter said...

It's not on the same line as the ELL, it's the line that runs through Lewisham to Victoria.

Originally Aladdin's Cave was called Lewisham Road station or Loampit Vale station, can't remember which, then the next stop was Brockley Lane (the high level station at Brockley). Both Aladdin's Cave station and Brockley Lane were closed in the early 20th century I think so now the train to Victoria runs straight from Lewisham to Nunhead without stopping.

Now Then said...

Yeah HH if you read bits at the top of the thread you'll see that it was 'Lewisham road'. I dont see what Lewisham station had to do with it as the stations identified on this branch on 'disused stations', (again see above) dont include it. That said I wasn't being entirely serious about a new ELL station, lovely though it might appear in the minds eye.

Anonymous said...

this is the exact same, thinkI paid about that. http://bit.ly/bcY8xC worth a nose round though.

Monkeyboy said...

...that last post was me....

Now Then said...

Thanks MB

Hugh said...

it's?

Oh dear.

Headhunter said...

Which "it's" are you referring to?

lb said...

It's very expensive.

Cheaper stuff can be found in the two small second-hand places on the Ladywell / Lewisham borders near St Mary's church hall. I managed to score a couple of good chairs there.

Now Then said...

Stand well back all, I'll try again.
Lewisham Road Station

Now Then said...

Yessssss!

Tressilliana said...

Fortunate for Aladdin's Cave that its planning permission was in the bag not long after the genie emerged as BrocSoc now have form for objecting to buildings they don't like which are just outside the conservation area, but can be seen from within.

Monkeyboy said...

What better way to stick two fingers up then by erecting a twelve foot stuffed meercat outside your shop.

Tamsin said...

Thanks for the link to details of the station. And I welcome the reminder about that gorgeous horse they had outside for so long.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Ah someone spotted the irony in my previous comment.

Thanks Tressilliana.

Hope to see you all at the Ladywell Tavern tonight (Thursday)perhaps Hugh might turn up.

On second thoughts, he is probably keeping his head down

The Its in my earlier post should be It's by the way.

Bored and tired said...

Oh, thanks TM. Without your pointing it out we would never have known. I couldn't make head nor tail of your post until you explained that.

Now Then said...

@ Tamsin, I particularly like the photo of George Bernard Shaw selling tickets to the scouts, though how he's doing this in the 1920's when it was apparently shut in 1917 is anyones guess.

TM said...

If you read your own link NT you will see why the Scouts were there in the 20's

Sorry if we are keeping you up B&T.

Now Then said...

'After closure' when 'the ticket office was leased to the scouts', are you suggesting that they somehow reconstructed the old ticket office complete with staff, perhaps to get their simulated ticket purchase badge?

Tamsin said...

Golly - the one third from the end, looking out to see how long the queue ahead of him is, looks like a young Buster Keaton!

Now Then said...

Mmmm. Just looking again, GBS isn,t wearing a peaked cap, so perhaps he is the scoutmaster. TM you say that The Talbot bought all their furniture from Aladdins cave, but what happened all that good serviceable garden furniture that belonged to the pub already?

TM said...

What furniture would that be?

I don't recall there being any when the present encumbents bought the pub.

I seem to recall it had been taken away by the previous leaseholders.

Or a Meringue (scottish joke)

Now Then said...

No you're perfectly right, I seem to remember noo. The previous leaseholders...now let me see... the ones that let the garden run wild...ah yes, remember them, wonder what they paid for the furniture.

SonofaGun said...

What it was worth,nothing.

TJ said...

Ok I got something useful and cheap from Aladdin's cave. 2 x original coping stones for the gate pillars of my place - at a £5.00 each. But the lady was grumpy, perhaps at realising no-one else would buy them for any more

Worry,...Me? said...

Are coping stones like worry beads?

Yeswanth said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. Thank u.
Lounge Suites

Anonymous said...

Do you know maybe when it's open - weekend only and times?

Anonymous said...

aladdins cave is open seven days a week from 9 until 6 I am a regular visitor and love the place get great bargains and the staff I find are very friendly

Anonymous said...

eventually made time to go to aladdins cave wow what a great place amazing something for everyone i purchased a mirror for 150 pounnds and the same mirror is in john lewis for 800pound can not believe my luck and the lights are to die for i cannot wait to go back dont spread the word too much

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