Dunlop Meets Burns

Twenty Quid The Lot
Twenty Quid The Lot

On a gloriously sunny day we took a trip out to Samuel Burns & Sons’ scrapyard.

This is the place where heaps of rejected stuff gets a second (or more likely third) chance at finding a home. Not necessarily a good one, but a home.

The history of the 20th century can probably be pieced together from the contents of this yard, if one had the time & inclination.

The yard’s hand-painted sign includes the motto from a needle to an anchor which I like very much. It plays with notions of scale, weight & value on a basic level.

Reconfiguring The Past
Reconfiguring The Past

This is a place of pilgrimage for artists & film makers & theatre makers & animators because not only is the history of the 20th century laid bare – it’s incredibly reasonably priced.

No one knows how Sammy & Co work out prices but one would have to say they are consistent. Guy claimed that every time he went there, he was charged £20, regardless of what he actually bought.

Today we bought a huge heap of stuff to deck out Dunlop’s workshop including shellac 78’s, old journals, wooden boxes, rusty screws & bolts, old medicine bottles, a pipe, a walking stick, pince-nez, two ale tankards, microscope, two fire guards, box of tools including a huge G-clamp, old radio … the  list goes on.

Our man spent a good minute or so going through a kind of slow, thoughtful ‘pricing dance’ around the huge pile of tat & finally declared with confidence ‘£20 for the lot’.

What Goes Round
What Goes Round

Seemed like a bargain to me.

Filling out the receipt he said ‘Props?’

So you see he’s no fool, knows his market.

I like that very much indeed.

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Dunlop Meets Burns

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