I don’t know about you, but I find an afternoon wandering around the local charity shops to be very satisfying, especially if you discover that item that fits perfectly into your home. Over the past few years, I have grown a collection of vintage items that I have purchased in either a charity, antique or second-hand shop. I can’t help but feel a certain love for these items; They have a little history and are looking for a new owner to take care of them, I am more than happy to oblige. I especially like the shops that are a bit of a mess (sorry if that is rude) But they are fantastic to have a good old rummage around in and who knows what treasure you may find, it’s like Aladdin’s Cave!
My favourite era to look out for at the moment is the 50’s and 60’s, I love the simple classic design of the wooden furniture. I am lucky enough to have acquired a 1960’s green sewing stool and a small dressing table stool from a friend, which I adore and they bring a nice pop of colour to my lounge. I also found a pretty decanter and glasses set in a local charity shop, they are painted with delicate white vines and small gold flowers. The glasses are small, like shot glasses so I am not sure which alcoholic substance it was originally intended for. At the moment it holds my sherry, or more it used to hold my sherry… if anyone has an idea please let me know.
I also have several items that have been in my family for a few generations, these include a camera, set of binoculars and my Nans collection of brass mini statues (bizarre but so dear to me). These all have pride of place in my home and are a connection to my relatives and their past. I don’t know how to explain it but these items are comforting to me; they feel cosy, magic or hygge and I love that even now they still have a place in our family.
Another one of the favourite things in my home is my photo wall; this took me a while to complete and did involve a long process of hanging pictures, then taking them down because they didn’t quite fit, filling holes and repainting before re-hanging them again to get a shape I was happy with. It covers one entire wall and displays pictures of those nearest and dearest, meaningful items (such as a set of silver spoons from our first date) or a quote which we wish to live by. All of the frames I used are either from a charity shop, a sale or the recycling centre. I don’t think I paid full price for any of them. Some needed a good cleaning before being hung, but I am more than pleased with the outcome. It is a simple, inexpensive way to add a focal point to the room. As long as you have the patience, anyone can do this.
I will continue my search for retro items, on my list at the moment are a set of vintage sherry glasses but my ultimate goal is a drinks cabinet. This holds fond memories for me of my Nan and Grandad; each Christmas they would open the front to display the alcohol, the back was mirrored. They would put bowls of sweets along the open wooden flap at the front so we could eat as much as we wanted, as it was Christmas after all. Hopefully one day I will find the perfect one to add to my collection, maybe even when we have moved to a larger place- fingers crossed!
Wish me luck.