Nook’s Neighbourhood: Junk Deluxe
From brightly coloured ‘70s furniture to Victorian bric-a-brac, there’s something for all vintage junkies at Hackney’s ‘Junk Deluxe’.
Just a stone’s throw from Broadway Market is Westgate Street’s much loved Netil Market. The bustling Hackney hub is home to the ‘Junk Deluxe’ stall – run by Vintage enthusiast Terry Goddard and his lovable dog, Albert.
Rummagers rejoice in Terry’s abundance of nostalgic goodies. With exciting new arrivals every week, there is always a plentiful supply of quirky curiosities.
East London-born Terry left a long-standing job in transport to pursue his dream of antique dealing and hasn’t looked back. He says: “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. It was my hobby that I’ve turned into my business and it’s great.
“I really love restoring things and seeing the outcome.”
Terry’s biggest passion is the 1970’s – once mocked but now on trend. He says: “My house is all 1970’s. It’s what I was brought up with, so it’s really nostalgic for me. It reminds me of being a kid.”
There is little you can’t find at the ‘Junk Deluxe’ stall, including a few celebrity sightings. Terry says the Geldof girls are regulars. He says: “Pixie has bought loads of stuff. One of her recent favourites was a 1960’s kitchen set.”
Likewise, Pixie’s friend, Alexa Chung, is another fan of Terry’s eclectic stall. “Alexa’s bought heaps. She got a load of 1970’s chairs and lots of other bits and bobs.
“Original items is what everybody wants nowadays and I don’t see that changing.”
Junk Deluxe can be seen as a sort of nostalgic recycling, where unearthed gems are passed on to those who will hopefully love them as much as their original owners. Terry explains that he likes being a part of this regeneration: “It’s all about the recycling items around and keeping the Earth these days,” he says.
Most of Terry’s stock comes from house clearances, where he uncovers all sorts of interesting goods. “You never know what you’re going to find – it’s like a treasure hunt,” he says.
“I recently found a big box that was so heavy, I thought it was full of cement. I opened it to find it was filled with over 150 lead soldiers, cowboys and animals that dated back as far as the First World War.”
One of Terry’s most prized finds is a 1960’s painting of a woman by artist Barry Leighton Jones. He has to pay for house clearances – so was ecstatic to find out the piece was worth over £5000. Yet Terry explains sentimentally that this is an item he will not sell: “She’s my little gem,” he says.
It’s not all riches, though, as Terry points out there is a lot of hard graft. He says: “Once I get the keys to a place, I have one week to strip it back and empty the place, which can also mean pulling up all the carpets. You have do to it right.
“It’s always a bit of a gamble, as you never know what you will find.”
Yet Terry explains it is an amazing feeling when that gamble pays off. He was helping a friend with a clearance recently when they discovered rare South African coins worth over £500 each.
Terry says: “Tucked just behind a crate of vintage jam jars was a small box that looked like nothing. But when he opened it, there were five gold Krugerrand coins inside. That was an amazing find.
“It’s always exciting and that’s why I do it. It’s a total buzz.”
You can find Terry at Junk Deluxe every Saturday and most week days.
23 Westgate St