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Review of Chandal in Barcelona
Regardless how you feel about the ongoing gentrification of El Raval, there's no doubting the abundance of unique shopping opportunities in Barcelona's most infamous neighborhood. Few stores exemplify the area's entrepreneurial spirit like Chandal. Opened in 2008 by three die-hard proponents of analog photography named Isabel, Jorge and Angeles, Chandal is an eclectic treasure trove of retro fare from the latter half of the 20th century. This is the place to go if you're looking for an obscure pair of vintage sunglasses, a garish neon wallet from the '80s, or a classic toy (Etch A Sketch, anyone?). As you may have guessed, Chandal is big on Polaroids, LOMOs and other cameras from the days of analog, including various Super 8 systems. Thankfully, they also sell the necessary film for most of these devices. Chandal is a proud member of the IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT, an international network of stores celebrating the art of instant film production. Electronic music buffs will be pleased to learn that Chandal specializes in carrying rare tracks on vinyl from labels with scant distribution in Spain. Complimenting the selection of little accessories like key chains and tote bags is an impressive assortment of old-school electronics, from early game consoles to Casio keyboards. Those susceptible to sudden attacks of nostalgia can consider themselves warned.
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