Laurence’s earliest memories take him back to Camden Passage almost ten years before he became an antiques dealer. Watch out for the photo of Laurence’s shop that was taken in 1980. Here you can imagine a walk down memory lane during this period of the antiques industry how Camden Passage stood out on its own as the chief destination of all of London’s antique centre’s. Back then in this period of Laurence’s life antiques of every genre was very fashionable. Look out to see if you notice a chief fashion in the antiques trade was back then is what it is today as Laurence points out how one of the pieces in his shop window could have been worth a couple of hundred thousand pounds if it was genuine. Laurence paid a risky £3,000 to find out it was a 19th century copy.
While Laurence is talking about his antiques journey it is possible to see how life was back in the 1980’s. Compare to how the Camden Passage has changed direction where antique shops are now amongst the minority and in their place has grown an every day market where not only antiques are sold but ever genre of specialities from butchers, fishmongers, deli’s and cafes of different genre’s and lots more. Watch Laurence Mitchell as he waks down one area of Camden Passage that is protected from the onslaught of the other retailers Pierrepont Row where antiques of all descriptions are sold.
Back in 1980 the main trading day of the week(the day the photo of his shop was taken) was a wednesday. Here dealers from all around the world would be spending huge amounts of money since Camden Passage was particularly known to be the chief trading market in London and Wednesday was trade day of the week when the pluthora of dealers brought their weekly purchases to be sold. Watch out for the 18th century Chinese porcelain Manderin Vase Laurence picks up, courtesy of Kevin Page Oriental Art.