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Forgotten Treasures in Kalk Bay
Just south of Cape Town along the Cape Peninsula, Kalk Bay is a picturesque fishing village and offers visitors several antique shops to browse along the main road. I've never considered myself a fan of antiques, but this town has converted me. You never know what treasures you'll find. I like browsing through Quagga because it feels like stepping into the library of someone well-traveled and distinguished, with cases of old books and vintage maps. If you are the type to freak out around clutter, I dare you to visit What Not and China Town. It's on a side street from Main Road (follow the yellow brick road sign) and is a house full to the brim with what I can only describe as the largest collection of knick knacks I've ever seen. Railway House (pictured here) is similarly cluttered and will draw you in for a good while as you browse the aisles, too. What catches my eye? Vintage postcards. At R5 to R30 per card, it's a bargain and a fun thing to search for. I find the ones with writing especially fascinating because they sometimes share interesting anecdotes from vacations into "deepest, darkest Africa" long ago. For some of the quirkiest souvenirs for your friends and relatives back home, try the shopping in Kalk Bay.
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