I am in no way an expert in antique shopping in Belgrade, so I can just assume that there must be bigger or what-not-ones around. But for me, this one is somehow magical.
For starters, it has magically changed my mind about antique shopping. “Old things”, for me, used to mean “pieces of dusty junk previously owned by who-knows-who I don’t really like to touch”. I stumbled into this shop while looking for a birthday present for a vintage-loving friend. I left the store converted. I found her a beautiful art-deco brooch and had to seriously force myself not to keep it.
Then, it looks magical. When you enter DUB, named after an abbreviation of “to make good better”, it feels like entering a novel or a movie. In fact, many movie productions have used some of its rare treasures.
There is also this thing with time. No matter how much I try, it seems impossible not to spend at least half an hour inside the relatively small shop, without noticing it. There is fine china, extensive collections of glassware, jewelry, toys, photo albums, letters and cards, vintage clothing, famous rugs from Pirot, even folk costume elements (Debbie Harry purchased a “jelek”)….but of course, like in other shops of this kind, you never really know what you’ll find. And that is a part of its magic.