I’ve been selling vintage homewares since the age of 19 (ten years in April ’19!), so I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to try and convince you all why you should be shopping it! I’ve gone through a good few looks whilst trying to find “the one” with vintage. It started off with retro, everything orange and yellow, with bold floral prints. Then I decided my home needed an American 1950s set up after watching too many episodes of Mad Men. I spent a fortune on formica bars and all the atomic print things I could find.
Eventually I found myself wanting a much more modern style home, although my love of mid-century furniture remained. I’ve got pretty good over the years of not wanting to keep everything I find for the shop, but there’s certain pieces I’ll always have. I love the look of combining new pieces with something with a bit of history. Shopping secondhand you’ll never know what you find, but more often than not it’s something different to other homes. It’s a great way to add a bit more sustainability to your home, too.
The Dansette Leg Desk
This is probably the most recent furniture purchase, and one that I’ve been waiting for. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll probably have seen my desk updates a few times. This is my third desk in a year, but it’s absolutely perfect for me. I’m obsessed with the filing shelving designs down the sides, and it’s the perfect size for this little corner of our living room. It’s got a really good amount of storage in the drawers too, although one a half are taken up by notebooks!
The Ercol Armchair
Probably my absolute favourite ever find. I waited SO LONG to find an Ercol chair, and finally I found this one a few years ago. It was a measly £17 in a local charity shop, although it does need me to spend a bit of money on it soon. The webbing straps need updating, and thanks to scratches from the cats and a nice big pen mark from Ada, it needs re-covering too. The shape is absolutely classic of the 1950s, and it adds so much character to a room.
The Teak Sideboard
This was my first ever vintage furniture buy, something I’ve owned for over ten years. I bought it from the Salvation Army for £20; the legs are going slightly on it after years of use, but I’ll be devastated if I ever have to replace it. I absolutely love the size and shape, and it’s somehow been the perfect size for every television we’ve ever owned. Sideboards are perfect for storage too; we keep some of Ada’s crafting things and toys in here to pull out whenever she wants.
The Bedroom Drawers
Alright, I couldn’t pick between these two sets! We bought the drawers in our bedroom years ago, but I’m still just as in love with them. I love the little pop of pink on the top drawer, and honestly, they look like something from West Elm to me. £40 well spent!
The drawers in Ada’s bedroom were a little more expensive, but they were in excellent condition and were absolutely perfect for a corner of her little nursery. We found them on Ebay; we spent weeks searching for vintage tallboy drawers until finding these just down the road from a dealer in Salford.