Who woulda thunk that these wire garden sets so ubiquitous in our suburban youths (okay our family didn’t have space for a set when we lived in Coleridge Road, Salt  River, but still) would be going for R1500 now? Yip, that’s the price of this table and chairs at The Railway House in Kalk Bay.

I think it was the colours of the pieces at The Railway House that appealed to me the most. Look how gorgeous this soft-green iron bedstead looks against the coral coloured walls. (Never mind that I’m a white wall person myself.)

The card on the middle photo says something about a gentleman’s bell – can you just picture the scene?

We’d headed over the mountain to the False Bay coast on a rainy Sunday morning (yes, it started out being rainy) to check out the bluebird garage vintage market in Muizenberg. It wasn’t open, so, with a brief visit to the Sunday Market in the old post office building where the views of the sea turned out to be more alluring, we headed further south to Kalk Bay.

Now, although Kalk Bay is home to  The Olympia Cafe, one of my all time favourite spots for lunch and coffee; and even though Chilean architect Antonio Zaninovic (above centre) whom I’d interviewed for an article in the February issue of House and Garden, was lunching there with friends, I was on a mission to find another of my current addictions, fried snoek and chips.

So off to Kalkies where the  snoek and chips were R25. Old friends, sisters Merle (pictured above left) and Jenny Brown, were there with their families, as were architect couple Minette and Michael Bell (no relation) and their family.

Sylvia Williams tried to persuade us to buy some fresh yellow tail – the last of a catch landed about ten minutes earluer. But I had other fish to fry – places to go and things to see.

Like Kalk Bay Antiques where this Le Corbusier chaise remake, manufactured under license in Italy in 2000, is going for R8000. Mid-century originals would cost a wack more.

I loved this pair of 1950s Scandinavian style armchairs in original upholstery for R3000 and below the 1960s chrome ball light chandelier.

But it was the sight of the enamel kettles that excited me the most, like this orange one by Arabia below right.

And for the first time I got to see one by Antti Nurmesniemi of Finland in the flesh. (You can read more about these on blogger Bloesem’s post on vintage enamel.) At R1500, it was far too rich for my blood. Don’t expect to find bargains at Kalk Bay Antiques. What you will find is some good mid-century pieces and a very knowledgeable owner in Ingrid Aron.

Where you might pick up a bargain is at the Kalk Bay Trading Post. This ice bucket from the design house of Bodum, Switzerland was on sale for R145. A yellow one was on sale at Kalk Bay Antiques for R350. (If you’re interested in a yellow one, hoolie-hah the shop is selling one for R150.)

But you’d have to have a serious krap around in there.

The Cook’s Room up Tin pan alley had these two beautiful olive green items. I have a butter dish that colour in a similar design to the coffee pot. But again, at R300 for the toast stand and R350 for the coffee pot, and with little information on its origins, they were just too pricey for me. I’ve visited this trove of kitchenalia before when it seemed to have far more on offer.

Owner Cheryl has plans to extend the vintage range with a range of “upcycled” enamel ware and shabby chic linens. I’d prefer it of course if she stuck to the 50s kitchen, but will be interested to see how she does.

Meanwhile my real find this weekend was this set of Russel Wright pottery spotted marked down from R650 at Milnerton Market in Saturday’s pouring rain. Wicked!