Thursday 27 June 2024

HELLO AGAIN!

Oops, didn't keep that promise to update this Blog more frequently did I?!

 

Oh well, here I am again!!

 

Had a great time in France recently.

Went to Normandy, and went around many of the D-Day sites.

I felt like I learnt more from seeing the places, than any of the books and documentaries I'd seen. 

Especially when going to Omaha Beach, I remember looking behind me and seeing the rising cliffs and thinking, oh right, now I see why it was so awful there.

Similar feeling to seeing the WW1 Somme battlefields years ago, and walking the actual terrain where the soldiers fought. You get an immediate understanding of what happened that's impossible any other way.


I also managed to get in a bit of vintage shopping, despite being there too early in the year for any of the brocantes.

Found a few great vintage shops along the way.

You always find things that you just don't see in Blighty.


Hoping to get back there sometime and carry on our adventures.


Meanwhile, I'm super-busy getting in and sorting out some amazing vintage stock for my markets.

Best to keep in touch with the latest things I'm up to on my Instagram account, but I'll keep on trying to regularly post on here as well!!


Here are three pictures from Normandy.

An abandoned cinema in Bayeaux, the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, and Utah Beach.







Thursday 28 March 2024

AU REVOIR INNIT!

I'll be away in France for the next couple of weeks on a rare ArtPix holiday!!

Going to Normandy, and will be wandering around all the D-Day beaches, which will be amazing to do.

 

Will still be on the lookout for vintage stuff of course!

Last time I went to France, I came back with some brilliant items, including this fantastic vintage metal sign, which i definitely won't be selling!


So au revoir for the moment, but see you all again soon!


Thursday 21 March 2024

GLAD TO RECYCLE!

I'm always looking to save, renovate or recycle things.

So this simple idea to create a really nice item to brighten up a room, was made from two rescued items I've picked up along the way.

 

Using an old backing board from an antique picture frame, a bundle of which I found going for free outside a framing shop.

And a vintage sheet music cover, from a huge pile of old and very tatty sheet music that was being thrown out.


Picking out a sheet which had a strong and interesting cover, I simply stuck it to one of the old boards. Then varnished it to protect it, which actually also really enhances the colours. 

 

Hey presto, here's a nice bit of artwork, that can be put anywhere around any room!

 


Incidentally, the sheet music I used is from the 1929 film, Glad Rag Doll, which has sadly been lost, although apparently the trailer of the film survives!

And Interesting Film Fact of the Day: the star of the film Dolores Costello, was the Grandmother of actress Drew Barrymore!

Thursday 14 March 2024

RENOVATIONS!

The winter is slowly coming to an end, so I've finally managed to venture out into my yard to work on a few bits of vintage furniture.


Not having any handy workshop, it all has to be done in my tiny yard, so I'm completely weather dependent.

I can then renovate the bits of furniture I buy, to sell at my vintage markets.

 

Here are a few things I've worked on this week.

A gorgeous Edwardian side table, Mid-Century coffee table with rack underneath, and a fabulously kitsch 1960s table!





Find them on sale at my vintage markets!

Wednesday 21 February 2024

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1971/72

The 1971/72 season was a momentous season for Bournemouth.

They changed their name, club badge, kit, and very nearly got promoted to the old 2nd Division!!

There's also the fact that striker Ted MacDougall scored a whopping 46 goals!

The most iconic game was their 11-0 victory over Margate, where MacDougall scored an extraordinary 9 goals!! 


I've got a complete set of home programmes from that exciting season, all tucked into a very stylish folder in the shape of a book.





I'm selling them on Facebook Marketplace.

I also have season-by-season folders from 1972/73 to 1983/84, three of which have complete sets, that I'll sell as a job lot.

Let me know if you want them!!!

Sunday 11 February 2024

MID-CENTURY MADNESS!

A few days ago I put a fairly ordinary Mid-Century mirror on sale on Facebook Marketplace for £10.


In that time its had 2,500 views!!!!


Also up there for sale is a 1950s drink cabinet, that I spent a long time upcycling and decorating with images from vintage Paris Match magazines.



Which has had precisely 5 views in the last few days!!!


Hmmm...

Makes you wonder doesn't it.

Friday 2 February 2024

FAIRS & MARKETS IN 2024

The year is slowly but surely springing into life!!

Have been doing a few boot fairs to get back into the swing of things. 


I'm also booking up some great events including these two.


LULWORTH CASTLE DORSET BLIND ASSOCIATION MOTOR SHOW 2024

Sunday 12th May

A brilliant classic car event in the spectacular setting of Lulworth Castle in Dorset.


TAUNTON VINTAGE & SALVAGE FAIR

Sunday 28th July

Fantastic fair in the grounds of the beautiful Kings Hall School in Taunton, Somerset.



I'll also doing my regular markets at Bridport in Dorset, and Langport in Somerset.

 


So come on down this year and have some vintage fun!!