Paul’s Emporium occupies a corner of a shopping street in Islington, UK, and from the outside, it looks a little small to be anything to boast of. However, the first clue that visitors here are in for a treat is the number of wonderful items that spill out of the front doors onto the sidewalk. Anyone that can be tempted by the allure of something vintage or antique, that distinct look of furniture that comes from a different era, will not be able to walk on these stock-laden sidewalks without popping into this store for a look around.
The owner of Paul’s Emporium has a passion for antiques that has lasted most of his life. The real draw of these vintage and antique items for Paul is the quality that is evident in the craftsmanship and the care taken in their creation. Resources that were required to make the items were respected for what they are and the philosophy was to make something that would last. The fact that items in his store have been in use for so many decades and still have the potential to go on for even more is the real thrill and what keeps him active in this industry.
Paul’s Emporium has been a fixture on the streets of Islington since the early 2000s and by now the store has many regular customers from the surrounding area. It also tends to draw in visitors from further afield who head to this store specifically searching for rare antiques and collectibles. Visitors are likely to find wonderful items of furniture, odd decorative curios, paintings, glassware, signs, records, masks, shop fittings, lights, mirrors, and so much more. Since the collection of antiques has been a lifelong hobby for the owner, the stock here is constantly changing as he continues his own endless search for quirky and unique antiques.