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“Each item in a collection has its own story, its own memory-the search, the day you bought it, who you were with, the vacation; a collection provides a special satisfaction and sense of achievement. “ Trisha Guild
I find that the excitement and ambiguity of the search makes for a more rewarding find. There’s no fun in going into a furniture store and knowing what exactly you will find. Everyone wants an element of surprise in their life. That’s what made Town & Country Style’s Flea Market so much fun. Not only were all the vintage products beautiful and unique but the whole experience made one feel like royalty…
Entering Town & Country Style’s High Street showrooms on Friday was like entering a fair; an occasion celebrating the life of weird and wonderful vintage objects. Greeted with a show bag and one of Deitea’s specialist teas one was treated like a queen. Whether alone or accompanied, you could enjoy the choice of a French Earl grey, a rosy green, a fresh peppermint or a more traditional English breakfast tea. All acquired tastes were catered for. Every princess was to be content. Moving throughout the store one discovered a new treasure in every corner…
The Black and White area boasted Pianola roles, typewriters, vintage telephones, mysterious black books and printed wallpaper.
The Brown room catered for the historian and musician. One could find numerous ways to add flair to their home with tattered books, music notes and 17th century printed Times Pages.
At the back of the store, in the form of orange and white penguin classics, one found themselves face-face with famous authors of all kinds; Hemingway, Austin and Fitzgerald, just to name a few.
There was a plethora of fabric; squares of all colours for a project for the more creative minds.
In the front of the store one could not help but grab a Tommy Collins cup cake and take a seat on the Mary Antoinette dining room chairs. Under the Umbrellas and amongst the glass domes decorated with shells, dotted vines and rope one felt as though they were holidaying in Marseilles.
‘The best way to shop at a flea market is not to search for something with a purpose in mind, but to find a purpose for something you find.’
Were you fulfilled by the adventure and surprise? If you found something for your home you now have a memorable occasion with which to relate it. Was it a teapot with grazes on it from a previous owner’s clumsiness? A leather suitcase for your child’s toys with someone else’s name in it? Some pre-loved books falling apart at the spine? Or, did you simply walk away with a smile on your face and a story to tell?
You have given new purpose to whatever treasures you found here. It is now your duty to continue their journey elsewhere.
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