Where it all began…
For me I think it must be in my blood. My Mother had her own antiques business when we were growing up. From my early twenties I started buying from antique and flea markets. I remember often visiting this one place near to where I lived in London and stumbling across an old Christys’ top hat. It was only twenty pounds and in great condition! I snapped it up and gave it to my boyfriend for his birthday. He was so delighted he used to wear it to go and buy the Sunday newspapers, has worn it to endless weddings (including our own) and still has it now!
I think what I am trying to say is that vintage, antique or preloved items are special to own, but also great to give, often more affordable and totally unique. Don’t be afraid to buy something that isn’t quite perfect, I guess that’s all part of it’s charm.
I still get the same buzz when finding beautiful things for Iris & Mabel. Discovering a gem of an oil painting at an auction or finding pretty vintage textiles and crockery at markets. Reupholstering an old unloved chair or restoring pieces of furniture. It is a true passion of mine so makes my job very easy!
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