We go through tea towels like nobody’s business! Do you? We treat them really mean. They get stained so easily and lose their vibrancy after a few washes. We somehow manage to set a fair few on fire as well!
It’s such a shame to do that to tea towels – some of them are so beautiful – like works of art. Some people have them displayed on their walls. In fact, we’ve got a few put away ourselves waiting to be framed.
Luckily, for the most part they don’t break the bank; so if you come across some with a particularly pretty pattern, stock up on a few!
We tend to keep the web shop items separate from the antiques centre items to avoid confusion when things are sold.
This does of course mean that lots of lovely pieces don’t even see our website, so we thought we’d share a few photos of how our bricks & mortar space is looking at the moment.
We like to fill our pitch with a good mix of items; they mainly fall under three broad categories – namely country vintage, vintage retro and vintage industrial.
Our country vintage includes two kitchenettes at the moment – and this fabulous 19th century butchers table/block. Also various baskets, stools, storage racks, pans, tins & jars.
The term ‘vintage retro’ is now well-adopted even though, strictly speaking, ‘retro’ means recently produced items that have the flavour or style of past eras. We do tend to concentrate on genuine vintage. At the moment, these include small pieces of teak, beech & chrome furniture, fabric, bits of fashion like handbags, hats & ties, mid century pottery & glass, tableware, artwork including posters – and loads of great lamps!
The vintage industrial department (well corner!) includes filing cabinets, crates, boxes, drawers & wire racks. Some of those many lamps also probably sit comfortably in this section.
So if you’re ever near Todmorden pop in for a browse!
Items come & go of course, but these pictures were all taken on Monday 20th January.
If there’s anything you spy in the photos that’s practical to post were always happy to oblige.
This copy of Retro Magazine arrived last week. It was sent by the lovely people at Hus & Hem as we’d supplied an image of a yellow Finel coffee pot for them to use.
Hus & Hem (and this off-shoot publication) hails from Sweden so we did have a slight problem to overcome with regards to the language barrier. We should be fluent in Swedish judged by the number of Scandinavian crime dramas we watch – but alas not!
It didn’t stop this magazine being a very enjoyable “read” for us though. We could pick up on the general gist of the articles, but we mainly let the pictures do the talking.
There’s certainly no shortage of them with lots of vintage retro gorgeousness to peruse.
Scandinavia is of course home to many great designers both past & present – and the source of many pieces so sought after by collectors. So it’s no surprise that they should have some excellent publications dedicated to the subject.
The magazine crams loads in. There are some inspiring house tours, vintage fashion and features on classic design.
As you can see from the article on Mari Simmulson & Upsala-Ekeby pottery for example, these articles are quite extensive and make great source material for identification or collecting.
There are also current product pointers and a location tour with an eye to vintage design & retail opportunities.
In this issue, Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish) is the destination – it’s gone onto our list for when we do that much longed for Scandinavian camper van tour.
The photography is excellent throughout. There’s also much use of vintage magazine articles & advertisements to display products or show items in situ.
It costs about £5.00 per issue.
It’s definitely worth giving a try – you might even learn a new language!
It was written by fellow vintage dealer & blogger, Kate Beavis of Your Vintage Life – and of course we’re very flattered.
We’d been looking forward to our copy arriving for weeks and not just because we’re in it. We were also very keen to see how other people style their homes using vintage finds.
Kate managed to bag the chic & stylish Paloma Faith to write the intro – and following it is 150 pages of interior eye candy!
It’s packed full of wonderfully decorated homes with vintage pieces from the 1930s all the way through to contemporary retro designs.
Kate features seven different homes across the UK and interviews each of the owners…
…including little snippets on how we achieved our ‘looks’ (ooooh listen to us!! ).
Another of our online vintage chums, Heather from Eclectic Chair, is one of the others featured. We’ve long admired the bold & individual decor of her home.
We shouldn’t really single one house out though, as they all look great.
The chapters are broken up into decades with a short introduction about the social history of the time.
Then further sub-divided by room covering topics such as ‘cooking utensils’, ‘furniture’, ‘lighting’ and ‘storage’.
The distinctive looks, shapes & materials of each decade are described & classic pieces from the various eras are highlighted.
There are also useful styling tips, cleaning & restoration advice and cautionary notes on avoiding pitfalls.
Some of the houses completely recreate the atmosphere of a certain decade…
…others use vintage pieces from various eras for an eclectic look.
Being vintage lovers, it goes without saying that even Kate & Adam’s kids’ rooms are given the treatment!
The vintage exterior isn’t ignored either – how to furnish, use and improve gardens and outdoor areas is also covered.
At the back of the book you’ll find a directory of places to go to buy vintage homewares in the UK, US and online – and books, magazines and websites to read up on vintage. Great for both old hands or if you’re just setting out on your vintage journey.