I’ve been to Switzerland many times and I’m always impressed by how much pride the Swiss take in their shop displays. Every shop, from the humble greengrocer to the local pharmacy to the trendy clothes boutiques, all take the time and effort to create an eye catching canvas of different colours, shapes and patterns, not just to entice to you into their shops, but also just to brighten your day.
I’ve found that Dublin has some catching up to do in this regard, so I was pleasantly surprised to happen upon the treasure trove that is ‘Find’ on Cow’s Lane. The Swiss may just have some competition!
And it’s not just the vintage dresses and chalk paint in the front window that grab your attention, it’s also the wonderful range of retro accessories, ‘one-off’ pieces, bric-a-brac and upcycled furniture that greet your eyes as you walk in the door.
The staff here are always friendly and engaging, it seems there is a story behind almost every piece in the shop, one such story centred on some beautifully embroidered finger puppets, created in the 50s by no less than a family friend of Buzz Aldrin. Stories like this fascinate me. Another item that drew my attention was a fetching retro leather bowling bag containing two original bowls, also from the 50s. Alas, I dithered and someone else claimed it before me. ‘He who hesitates is lost’ goes the adage. I pondered the words and resolved to ‘seize the day’ next time.