Masks from Africa. Nuts from the Amazon rainforest. Victorian gym equipment.... just a few of the things I hoard in my garage. They have no purpose but they have stories. They are items I picked up on my travels or at significant times in my life. Truth be told I LOVE old random stuff. So spending three days trawling antique shops and retro furniture warehouses with an antiques expert for BBC One’s Antique Roadtrip in a classic Jaguar has been my idea of heaven. Throw in my good friend Becky Adlington and you have a dream trip.
If I had my way my house would be full of old quirky stuff but toddlers and antique dentist glass cabinets don’t mix. So finding things to take to auction for the programme should have been a chance for me to exercise my magpie tendencies with no consequence. Only I got a bit carried away and may have invested in Dutch cinema seats, Victorian handbags and a window from Ashton Town Hall. Granted most people buy architectural salvage for re builds and projects. I buy it for my living room, to add character and interest to a practical new build I have found it hard to fall in love with. My plan is to make it into a wall feature with a light behind it, (unless anyone can come up with a better suggestion before my husband reads this and insists I add it to the hoard in our garage? )
My argument is this kind of shopping: re purposing old stuff is good for the planet. I am recycling after all. It is a chance to take a trip down memory lane, (i guarantee you will come across tables and crockery your granny had) but most of all it’s fun. Ask a few questions and you might just learn a few things too. That’s my excuse and that’s what I am sticking too.
ps my fave shop of all the ones we visited was Insitu on Chester Road in Manchester. Take your credit card, a big van and a bit of creative vision.
pps lots of people asking about the yellow pants. They’re Zara.