Retro and vintage are the two big buzz words at the minute as people seem to be tiring of constant technological developments and are hankering for all things that represent old, but simpler, times. There are many outlets for lovers of all things retro, and if you live in Newcastle Attica is the place to go.
In a crumbling attic high up above the bus station at the Haymarket, Attica first opened their doors to the public back in 1983. Describing themselves as poor but happy, they survived crumbling walls, collapsing ceilings, leaking roofs, the odd burglary and even a fire or two and stuck to their goal of providing beautiful things from times gone by to their customers, and describe that whole period as a huge learning curve.
In 1990 they moved to new, and supposedly haunted premises, next to the Old George pub in the Newcastle Courtyard. There they remain to this day, and whether you are looking for clothing, furniture, lamps, prints, clocks, glassware and practically anything else you could want from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s then this is the place to come first.
Biba, Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Marcel Duchamp, Donovan, The Ronettes, Yoko Ono, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dusty Springfield, the Fab Four, Tony Hart, the Magic Roundabout, their list of inspirations just goes on and on, and as there will be at least one of these that is your own personal inspiration, then you know you are in good hands.