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Papaya vintage is like no other shop you have even seen before. Many have heard of it but few have actually stepped inside it. It is so bizarre that some of the greatest and genuine vintage items on display are not even for sale! So, what kind of shop would do that?
If you haven't been there before, you won't be impressed by the location and even less by the exterior of the warehouse. Because that's what Papaya is; a warehouse in the suburbs of Bangkok. The entrance is small and resembles a workshop cluttered with junk and some workers chit chatting while fixing unidentified pieces of unidentified junk. Psychologically, this modest corridor will play a role in the way the shop progressively reveals itself to you.
Wandering in the first room is already a treat... it's dark, dusty, with no apparent logic and delightfully messy. Anyway, all your eyes care about are the thousand toys and objects from the past, vivid reminders of the greatest moments of young years. Standing between Darth Vader and a huge collection of Ultraman figures, a full scale Albert Hitchcock endlessly stares at James Dean forever posing cool next to the doorway. Now if you think this room is awesome, you are about to have a serious shock, this is just a fraction of what awaits behind the door where the real stuff is kept.
Walk all the way to the top floor and you will notice a lot of buzzing activity next to an empty room... and often some very pretty girls and handsome boys all dressed up like they were about to step onto the catwalk. And that exactly what it is! Papaya has become a favourite studio for professional photographers! Think about it...where else can you find a treasure trove of fantastic items readily available to combine in the most eccentric way a fashion photographer would dream of? There is no limit to your creativity here, so no wonder the owner likes to keep the best-looking items to rent out instead of selling them.
Papaya Vintage Shop
Location: Soi Lat Pharo 55/2, Lat Pharo Road Wang Thong Lamg, Bangkok 10310
Tel: 02 539 8220
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