Do you wander around museums wishing you could take the exhibits home with you? At this Victorian warehouse, you can do just that.
Tucked away on the banks of the Ely, looking out to the Vale of Glamorgan, is a Grangetown landmark.
The Pumping Station, an imposing red-brick structure, looms into view from the window of the 92 bus as it rattles along Penarth Road.
Stepping through the front door of the Pumping Station, you quickly realise you’re wandering into an Aladdin’s cave.
From floor to ceiling, as far as the eye can see, is a fantastical hoard of oddities. It feels more like a museum than an antiques market.
Greeting visitors as they arrive is Tony Boyce, who sits at the reception and offers directions around the labyrinth of goods being displayed by more than forty individual vendors.
“We sell everything but the kitchen sink here!” he jokes, before realising that the Pumping Station has actually sold quite a few kitchen sinks in its time.
“It’s called the Pumping Station because it was originally a water treatment plant for the docks. Then it became a dogs home for a while, before the antique market was set up around thirty years ago.”
“The most interesting item we ever sold was a helicopter, which sat outside the front door for a while!”
He laughs,”we really do sell anything and everything.”