We discovered the La Trastienda antiques shop by accident one Saturday.
More accurately, we discovered the warehouse downtown, catching a glimpse of it down a long driveway as we walked by. Good thing we're in the habit of snooping!
We wandered around the warehouse slack-jawed for about half an hour. If we ever buy a place in the country outside Cuenca, we'll be back to snag a few of these "Decorative European Furniture and Accessories," as the sign on the right states.
We were overwhelmed by the variety of antiques in the warehouse, from huge buffets and armoires to dining tables and chairs.
They also have complete sets of china, some of them with gold trim. Antique light fixtures are hanging from posts and beams everywhere.
Several large wall clocks and a grandfather clock were also at home there.
We took the photo above in the warehouse/shop. The scrollwork on the buffet is very detailed. If we'd had the cash, and a place to put it, we likely would have bought that one. (Click on the image for a larger view.)
Most of the buffets, hutches and armoires are also used for storage of smaller items in both the warehouse and the shop, so when you go to either one, be sure to pull the drawers and open the doors.
There are many finer pieces on display as well, including several copper pots and ash cans, china, and small tabletop items.
Old artwork hangs on the walls (also for sale). Oriental and persian rugs line the tile floors beneath many of the furniture displays. Chandeliers glitter in the light.
Click on the image to the right for a larger view of the table and piano.
Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the items. Most of the buffets are in the $1,000 mark. The very large items (ornate armoires, etc.) are in the $2,000 range or less. Complete china sets are a few hundred dollars.
All in all, we were very impressed with the quality to price ratio.
The shop is located on Solano, on the northeast "corner" of the Remigio Crespo traffic circle. The phone number is 07-2838723 or 07-2823456.
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