Apologies for not posting for so long

You can't beat afternoon tea with vintage china

You can’t beat afternoon tea with vintage china

I had completely forgotten to update this blog so please accept my apologies.

Today it is raining cats and dogs in Norfolk and so seems a perfect day to work on the websites and blogs and then bake scones & have afternoon tea with leaf tea & served on vintage china.

I was updating our links page & discovered the link to this blog.

If you are an vintage or antique dealer in Norfolk or a vintage tearoom and you would like a link from our links page then please do get in touch either by e-mail or through Facebook or twitter

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What makes vintage & antiques so popular & what do we love about it

I was recently asked the following question by a journalist:

Why do you think Vintage and Retro are such enduring trends and what seems to be the appeal to your customers, and what you like about it yourself ?

Here is my answer :

I think the current trend for vintage & antiques comes from a desire to have beautiful well made objects around us. Many of the mass produced items these days do not have the quality or attention to detail of the vintage & antique items. I think it also comes from a desire for a simpler life, when food was home cooked or even home grown and things were repaired rather than thrown away.  I think our customers have a strong desire for their homes to reflect their personalities and to be individual, rather than the rather bland minimalist look that has been in vogue in recent years.

Our customers are also looking for value for money & vintage items often cost a fraction of the cost of a similar item new. . Antique furniture is surprisingly robust & currently offers excellent value for money. It will stand up to the rigours of family life far better than most modern furniture, which is often regarded as disposable.  If you go for  a shabby chic look the knocks and bumps of daily living merely add to its charm, and allows a more relaxed style of life.

I have been passionate about vintage & antiques for the last 30 years.  I think it stems from my childhood growing up in an old Victorian house and spending many happy hours in my grandmothers 1940’s house while she baked & knitted. 

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Choosing A Vintage Wedding Gift

This beautiful pair of 1930s masons coffee cups would make a lovely vintage wedding gift

This beautiful pair of 1930s masons coffee cups would make a lovely vintage wedding gift

What a perfect summer we are having for weddings. I hope this weather goes on all summer long.
A big wedding trend this year is for a vintage wedding

We have put together a selection of genuine antique & vintage china, glassware & home accessories that in our opinion would make great wedding gifts for guests to bring for the antique & vintage loving happy couple. Cut glass, silverware, cutlery, drinking glasses, china, serving dishes all make great choices as wedding gifts.

A vintage theme brings a real sense of romance and nostalgia to a wedding. We also have a large selection of vintage china, table settings, & accessories that will help to add the genuine vintage feel to your vintage wedding. We also carry a very large stock of vintage & antique glass vases and jugs in our two antique centre units which are great for informal floral displays on tables. They look particularly lovely with simple floral arrangements of seasonal british cottage garden flowers for a summer wedding.

Click here to see our selection of vintage wedding gifts available to buy online in UK  or come and visit us at Timeline Antiques Centre in North Walsham, North Norfolk.

If you are looking for a particular item for your vintage inspired wedding or as a vintage wedding gift then please do get in touch as we have only a small selection of our stock currently online.

All the items that we stock are genuine one off vintage or antique items. If you are planning your vintage wedding and want to set up a vintage wedding gift list with us, you can relax in the knowledge that you will not receive multiple items the same and all the items that we supply are the genuine article.

Contact us by e-mail to kate@vintagefarmhouse.co.uk if you require any more information or help in sourcing items.

I almost forgot we also have a lovely selection of vintage wedding handbags and bridal purses 

A vintage bag or purse is a must for your vintage themed wedding and they are so pretty and beautifully made

A vintage bag or purse is a must for your vintage themed wedding and they are so pretty and beautifully made

More vintage handbags here

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We have finished the vintage shabby chic painted dresser

As promised here is the photo of the shabby chic dresser that we have been working on.

The detailing on this lovely vintage painted shabby chic dresser is wonderful. It is an old oak dresser that we have painted and distressed. Today we delivered it to Waterside Antiques Centre in Ely, Cambridgeshire to add to our selection of vintage & antique shabby chic furniture for sale there.

While we were at the antiques centre we popped into the wonderful Peacocks tearooms in Ely which are conveniently right next to the Waterside Antiques Centre and well worth a visit. It is a lovely traditional english tearooms with an extensive selection of leaf teas & where everything is served on vintage china. Heaven for vintage lovers like us.

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Spring has arrived at the Vintage Farmhouse garden

The weather this last week in Norfolk has been warm & sunny and spring has finally arrived. The daffodils are in full flower as you can see, and we have been busy painting lots of gorgeous shabby chic furniture.

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Shabby chic antique painted furniture

Shabby chic antique painted furniture

Had a very busy couple of weeks painting furniture to add to our range of shabby chic antique & vintage furniture including this very pretty mahogany 19th Century bedside stand with drawer which is painted in Farrow & Ball Elephants Breath & then lightly distressed & waxed.

Just started work on a gorgeous dresser with some lovely detailing which we are going to use to display blue & white china at Waterside Antiques centre in Ely. Will post a picture when its finished.

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Vintage Handbags

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Bought two lovely vintage handbags today. One is a very pretty white vintage wedding bride’s bag with a chain handle and the other is a 1950’s black evening purse with silver detail that would be lovely with a little black dress. Will post some pictures soon.
Also bought a very useful sized vintage cartridge bag that makes a great ladies or gents shoulder bag. All that shopping has made me hungry. Time to bake some scones & have a cup of tea.

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