Romantiques, Palmerston North (New Zealand)

Romantiques is one of Palmerston North’s oldest antiques stores housing gorgeous vintage finds from different eras and places.

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The store itself is musty and smells of old books, and forgotten treasures.

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I’ve been rummaging through Romantiques finds from my days as a young student with a limited ‘pocket-money’ budget.

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The store owner is a lovely middle-aged lady with a distinctively husky voice. She peers at me through her reading glasses obscurely balanced on her fleshy nose, and nods with a sign of recognition.

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In all these years, I’ve never asked of her name but this is Palmerston North, a little city where age-old friendships brew on recollections. She asks me where I am now, and even remembered the vintage ruby ring I bought off her years ago.

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How pretty is this miniature table and chairs set? Made in France, circa 1930’s.

On this particular visit, I found something for my husband. He has always had a fascination with old pocket watches, and when I saw this Victorian rose-gold beauty I knew he would treasure it.

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I can easily spend hours in Romantiques. The store seems magically haunted with untold stories of the past.

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From heritage jewelry to pretty keepsakes and collectibles, Romantiques even sells retro furniture pieces and costumes dating back to the early sixties.

The stock is replenished often, and I am eagerly looking forward to my next visit to this treasure trove.

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