La Boutique du Collectionneur is not for the faint of heart. It’s for the hunters and gatherers. This curiosities, collectibles, retro, vintage, and antiques shop owned by a Catalonian father and son, opened in 1967 when Mr. Botines’ son, Ivan was only one year old.
Today, classical music playing from a frequency radio and no space is wasted with religious items to the ceiling and collections Mr. Botines is willing to part with. When I asked Ivan about his favorite, he said it was like picking a favorite kid.
I explore every corner and find 1920s pornography from Barcelona ($ 65), vintage Zippos, a Coca Cola can collection, infamous Nazi memorabilia and their artifact collection of 2000 year old Roman coins ($ 5 – $ 60).
Ivan’s father has traveled and collected from 128 countries and has kept a stack of 800 airplane tickets to prove it. The most impressive is a collection of photos of Fidel Castro during the Revolution. Originals can be purchased for $ 5 since, “he has something like 1000 negatives”.