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Item of the day: Compendium of Games

If the mention of games such as Tiddlywinks immediately takes you back to the days of family board game evenings or evokes memories of the novels of your childhood then pop into to Con Amore at La Lucia Mall or in Kramer Road, Kramerville for a trip down memory lane with their Retro Range Toys and Games. The Britania Compendium of Games includes pick-up-sticks, poker dice, Chinese checkers, double-six dominoes, a horse race game, tiddlywinks and chess all stored in a delightfully vintage style box in muted colours. The pieces and boards are also quaintly old-fashioned and there is an instruction sheet included for those of us whose minds may have been clouded by the wave of nostalgia. In addition to the compendium, there is also the best-selling Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey for R95 and Bob’s Bridge Game for R195. Con Amore means "with love" and there is no doubt that this is the mantra of the store's owners and employees. It is obvious how much thought and planning goes into the shop, from the beautiful pressed ceilings to the creative display of glassware, jewellery and objets d'art. The chandeliers and mirror-backed shelves of quirky glassware are also worth a look as are the handbags and jewellery. All of the lovely bits 'n bobs in the store have a unique twist to them, as the team spends much time travelling the world to find items to delight their customers. Con Amore is on the top floor of La Lucia Mall in Durban (031-562-1074) and at 2 Kramer Road, Kramerville in Joburg (011-262-0385).