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La Boutique du Collectionneur – Curiosities

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”.

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Address

4567 St. Laurent , Montreal

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

Price

Vintage Zippos: C$ 15
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)