Iceland Journal – Friða Frænka

Avoiding a late April snow squall we ducked into Friða Frænka, a colorful vintage shop on Vestergata in Reykjavik. We spent an enjoyable time poking through what appeared to be the worst of the worst cast-off wedding presents from the 60’s and 70’s – lighting fixtures, modern furniture, glass, plastic toys and kitchenware, mismatched cutlery, biscuit tins, buttons, suitcases, costume jewelry and textiles.

I was fascinated by how deliciously awful it all was, and wondered who in the world would want any of it? Just not my style, but I was drawn to some pretty silver coat tags that were once sewn to the linings of fur coats. And my friend Barbara almost came away with a softball-sized whale’s ear until she realized she’d miscalculated króna to dollars, and decided her eight-year-old son really didn’t need a ninety-dollar souvenir!

If you’re in the neighborhood, it’s worth popping in.

© Poppy Gall 2011

©Poppy Gall 2011

© Poppy Gall 2011

© Poppy Gall 2011

© Poppy Gall 2011

© Poppy Gall 2011

© Poppy Gall 2011

© Poppy Gall 2011

© Poppy Gall 2011

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2 comments on “Iceland Journal – Friða Frænka

  1. Wende’s avatarWende on said:

    hmmm, I have the same blue tins that used to be filled with the most delicious paper thin ginger cookies. I love your vignettes, as they romanticize the stuff that has been weeded out of people’s lives. It’s Spring, even though it’s still snowing in Truckee, think I too will do some weeding out…

  2. betsy’s avatarbetsy on said:

    Love the basket of plastic objects. Deliciously awful, indeed.

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