The Mad Picker Vancouver
Antique, curio, and vintage shops (not the kind that carry mothball laden hipster dresses) in Greater Vancouver are a dying breed. Real estate corporations have been shutting down these brick and mortar retail relics left and right. Have you ever noticed the ominous green "Mario Negris personal real estate corporation" signs on every corner of the city? Such businesses don't stand a chance yet one stands in defiance along East Hastings street on the hill that bridges Downtown Vancouver and the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) grounds. The Mad Picker is an awesome ode to the past that translates the social media concept of #throwbackthursday into a seven day a week affair.
The storefront window alone tells you that you've stumbled upon something special. One peak inside evidences everything from surfboards to a ZOLTAR carnival game a la the Tom Hanks movie BIG. Large button porcelain Coca Cola signs, jukeboxes, rare tin toys from the 30's, and Rock Em Sock Em Robots can be found within. You can't help but open the chiming door to take an enthusiastic step inside to browse. Unlike every other remaining shop if its relative kind in Greater Vancouver (as found on the outskirts of Gastown) The Mad Picker actually replenishes its stock on a frequent basis. On any given day you will find scuffed overall wearing pickers bringing boxes of rusted gold into the shop with many items going from picker to store and into the hands of customers within minutes.
The Mad Picker is an epic find for locals looking to add to their eclectic home decor and for visitors collecting bits of Americana paraphernalia on their travels. Best Antique, Curio, and Vintage Shop in Greater Vancouver without question.
Review by Marcus Maraih, West Coast (US/Canada) Editorial Contributor of YAHglobal - Follow Marcus Maraih on Google