Fat Lava at Bygone Times

I’ve just got back from the fantastic Bygone Times, in Eccleston, near Chorley in Lancashire. This really is one of my favourite places in the entire country to visit. Two truly enormous warehouses literally crammed with everything from Georgian to modern await you – with prices from as little as a pound or two. The […]

Fantastic new must-have book

I’ve just got back from the wonderful National Glass Fair, held at the Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Apart from meeting many friends and colleagues, the highlight of the day was buying a copy of Charles Hajdamach’s new book ’20th Century British Glass’. If you love glass, go out and buy a copy – now! This […]

Starbucks goes antique?

In today’s Evening Standard, City Spy revealed that global coffee chain Starbucks was excited about the imminent redecoration of all its UK stores. Rather than the bland, blond wood, laminate floored, Ikea look we’re all used to, a “retro” style will be ushered in. Apparently the “antiques” to be used were sourced in Turkish bazaars, […]

Antiques: The History of an Idea

I haven’t found too many books that discuss antiques from social, historical, economic or, indeed other, perspectives. So I was delighted to stumble across this book in Waterstone’s last Sunday. Professor Rosenstein is a philosopher who also has also dealt in antiques for the past 25 years, so offers us a unique view of the […]