Walking down Oxford Street in Paddington when you step into Bloodworth Bellamy, a store famous for its eccentric wares, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a museum, but one where everything’s for sale. Shelves are filled with antiques that somehow found their way to Paddington via the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

Shop owner Nick Cadey tells of selling a NASA space helmet that he’d bought off a friend’s friend who worked for the US government. It sold almost immediately. It’s a love of history and story telling that gets Nick excited about antiques. Chances are when buying an antique from Bloodworth Bellamy Nick will tell you the story about who owned it and where it came from.