Who’s That Girl?

Last night my niece sent me a message. As the ‘phone message had no title, I was curious. And pressing my forefinger on the as yet unread message up popped a scanned image of a young girl. The girl’s long hair was swept up off her face and gathered into a bun on top of…

Ugly Duckling

Of all the pre-loved items on display, my lovely chooses the ugliest.  With its varnish-finish split and peeling, the 1950s desk stood out like a sore thumb. ‘This will do,’ he says. ‘I haven’t had a chance to restore it,’ says the shopkeeper.  ‘But it is a strong, sturdy piece.’ Beyond the sandstone walls of…

Former Glories

Originating in a by-gone era, their aesthetic admired anew. Faded linens and cottons: the colour of white, ecru, sky blue, and rose-pink. And cushion covers made of delicate hand-made lace. Antique costume jewellery: ornate hat pins decorated with silver filigree and faux pearls,  Bakelite necklaces and bangles. And brooches and rings: sparkly things adorned with…