Reasons to be cheerful (and shop vintage) – 1,2,3!

1.  First of all, the sun is shining. That is my number one reason.  No connection to shopping vintage, except perhaps that the lovely weather makes for a wonderful day out strolling through outdoor markets, eating an ice cream, browsing in the sunshine – much nicer than being inside a shopping mall with all that overhead strip lighting that gives you headaches.   It just so happens that you will be able to come and stroll around Marylebone with us on Sunday 26th April, at Judy’s Furniture Flea – hooray!

2.  Seeing as you’re reading this blog, there’s a high chance you already know all about the brilliance of buying vintage and getting those unusual pieces, those one off, unique items that NO ONE else will have (even if they have the same model, it won’t be in the same colour, or have the same marks and character.  Yours is special.) There is definitely something deeply satisfying and happy-making about that.  Even if vintage isn’t quite your style, something given a bespoke refinish gives that same fuzzy feeling.

3. You can get a real bargain.  I’m not talking about projects to do up yourself (although if that is your bag, then as my Grandad would say, ‘more power to your elbow’.  I don’t know either.)  I’m talking about beautifully refinished, fantastic quality items of furniture that have already lasted 50 or so years, and will last 50 more.  Take for example these three Happy Chair Company beauties…

Ercol dresser
Refinished Ercol sideboard, £240. Happy happy!

 

Here we have a fully refinished Ercol sideboard, with stripped and waxed elm top, painted cupboards inside and out, all for the delicious price of £240…compared to Laura Ashley’s £770 (in the sale, mind you.  £1,100 full price!)

 

 

Laura Ashley's Bramley Blue sideboard - £770 in the SALE
Laura Ashley’s Bramley Blue sideboard – £770 in the SALE
Fully refinished, new webbing, new foam, new fabric!  Basically, like new...
Fully refinished, new webbing, new foam, new fabric! Basically, like new…

And then there’s this fella – the classic Ercol Studio Couch, it’s beautiful British Elm backboard (and all it’s other bits) stripped back, with brand new springy Pirelli webbing to support that brand new cushion…but at £970 it’s almost 3 times cheaper than this actual new one from Occa Home.

 

 

 

A stonking £2,835!  Yikes!
A stonking £2,835! Yikes!
Ercol Quaker Dining chairs, £145 for the pair
Ercol Quaker Dining chairs, £145 for the pair

And finally, take this sunny pair of dining chairs – well, you can take the resprayed Ercol Quakers for the bargain price of £145 for the pair, or you can shell out £182 for the others from Angelo Home.  One pair leaves you with a cheerful place to eat your breakfast and some change in your pocket (change that rustles rather than jingles, too.)

 

 

£181.99, Angelo Home Cadwell Antique Dining chairs
£181.99, Angelo Home Cadwell Antique Dining chairs

So there we have it, three great reasons to shop vintage and feel happy – two things we know a little bit about.  🙂

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