Redfern: Sydney convenience store sells drug testing kits

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Australian convenience stores have a reputation for being lacklustre compared to their counterparts across the world. 

But one shop in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Redfern has earned itself a cult following thanks to its array of quirky and controversial items on sale.

Redfern Convenience Store sells products including drug purity testing kits, edible worms, scorpion lollipops and chocolate cigarettes.

Inside Sydney's wildest convenience store: This shop in Redfern sells drug purity testing kits, chocolate cigarettes and scorpion lollipops - among other weird and wonderful products

Inside Sydney's wildest convenience store: This shop in Redfern sells drug purity testing kits, chocolate cigarettes and scorpion lollipops - among other weird and wonderful products

Owner Hazem Sedda, who moved from Palestine to Australia in 2003, told Daily Mail Australia he sells these unusual products because he wants to be different from other convenience stores and fight the supermarket giants. 

'This is what makes our store special, they can see things that nobody else has,' said Mr Sedda, 34.

'We have the range of products they want and need all the time and they always find whatever they want.'  

Point of difference: Redfern Convenience Store owner Hazem Sedda sells unusual products because he wants to be different from other local stores and fight the supermarket giants

Point of difference: Redfern Convenience Store owner Hazem Sedda sells unusual products because he wants to be different from other local stores and fight the supermarket giants

Famous friends: Even celebrities like Ben Fordham (centre) and comedian Ash Williams (right) have visited the 19-year-old establishment that was opened by Mr Sedda's father in 2000

Famous friends: Even celebrities like Ben Fordham (centre) and comedian Ash Williams (right) have visited the 19-year-old establishment that was opened by Mr Sedda's father in 2000

Redfern Convenience Store's Instagram account has more than 16,000 followers from across the world.

Even celebrities like Ben Fordham and comedian Ash Williams have visited the 19-year-old establishment that was opened by Mr Sedda's father in 2000. 

After Fordham's first visit five years ago, he was so impressed by the store that he shared a photo of himself with the owner to Instagram.

It was this encounter that inspired Mr Sedda to download Instagram himself and start an account for his retail business. 

Ideas man! Fordham inspired Mr Sedda to start an Instagram account for Redfern Convenience Store five years ago

Ideas man! Fordham inspired Mr Sedda to start an Instagram account for Redfern Convenience Store five years ago

'I had to ask my sister, "What's Instagram?'" he said. 

Redfern Convenience Store's account includes regular 'customer of the day' posts in which happy shoppers pose with their weird and wonderful purchases.

'I have

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