I took this shot of an antique dealer in a provincial New Zealand town coming back home from further afield .
Needed to find a special birthday gift for my wife ,entered the bursting at the seams but tidy shop .Managed to be talked into ,and sold, a gorgeous blood red coral necklace.
This obliging gentleman even hung it round my neck for size. This in a really conservative town! But I was happy with the likely fit for the donee. Really excellent and knowledgeable customer service. We got on like a house on fire, and in talking found we a mutual acquaintance. NZ is truly the land of two degrees of separation.
The charming man posed for a picture before I hit the road again. I really like this one, the emperor of the emporium seated on his throne ,surrounded by pre-loved vintage homeware and curios.
Plenty of history ,a heap of passion, and great facial hair!