After the success of our FIRST EVER LETTERPRESS EVENT (*cough* read about it here *cough*), and the popularity of the only two printing blocks we took with us (a bicycle and a tree, among a plethora of type), I thought I’d better stock up on new blocks from The Old Printing Shop. You know, for next time.
I chose a rather random, rather large selection but was a little short on cash to get all the blocks I wanted. Michael usually mans the stall with his son Daniel, but as Daniel had headed off to catch a train I offered to help out to earn my letterpress swag!
It was loads of fun, and took me back to my days in retail. Maybe I’ll open up a stall of my own once I’ve inevitably bought all of Michael’s gubbins and need to sell them on again so I can afford to eat.
Here’s my swag, below (excuse the terrible lighting – it was very dark and stormy out).
I especially love these beautifully intricate borders. They’re a bit wonky, and might take some sanding/packing but that’s all part of the fun of working with antiques!
The Old Printing Shop are at Covent Garden Market on Mondays, and Portobello Market (where I visited) on Fridays and Saturdays. You can find the hours and directions here.
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