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  Market Times • October 2013
   Neil Meekums is a train driver/manager during the week, but at weekends he can be found at Greenwich Clocktower market selling vintage trunks and cases
Advertising the clocktower market in the centre of Greenwich
Saturday and £25 for Sundays. There are lots of characters and many of us enjoy it for the social life as much as anything.”
One of the many characters is Riley, who has been selling vintage clothing on the market at weekends for the past 27 years. He combines market trading with acting and modelling and loves the market ambience.
“It is a really friendly market with such a cross-section of everything you could need from cradle to grave,” he said.
You can buy fancy French quilts,
vintage linen, antique jewellery, antique furniture, silver cutlery, badges, craft items — in fact anything and everything.
One of the most impressive displays comprises stacks of vintage trunks and cases, many with their original labels telling stories of travel, history and drama.
It belongs to Neil Meekums, a train driver and manager in the week, and a market trader at the Clocktower selling vintage trunks and cases, at the weekend.
Neil told Market Times: “I have been selling trunks and cases on
this market for three and a half years now.”
He loves old trunks and started collecting them, but found that many had broken handles. Neil started making replacement handles, which he continues to do, and then tried his hand at selling his treasures at Greenwich.
It has become a thriving business which he has expanded through his website — As well as selling trunks and cases, he has a side business hiring them out for films and TV.
And sometimes the cases themselves tell a story worthy of any film script.
Neil said: “The wonderful thing about these old cases and trunks is their history.”
One set of cases belonged to a military man accused of atrocities in the Boer War. Another was covered in labels, which marked his journey as a Jewish man escaping Nazi Germany to England via the Hook of Holland in the 1930s.
It may not be Louis Quinze or Chippendale’s finest, but it’s a great market offering.

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