So Farewell Vintage Magazine Store


Usually I craft each of these blog posts well in advance of publication, and schedule them so as not to flood the blog with new material each time we’ve been somewhere or when a subject crosses my mind, but sometimes time is just too short. And so it is with the news, spotted on […]

Vintage Cameras – Photos from the Past

Oops – I appear to have fallen victim to another collecting habit, this time involving vintage cameras from the 1950s and 60s. I put the blame partly on Mr Cad, the rather excellent camera and photography shop near to Victoria Station, whose proprietors tend to fill the front of their window with the stock […]

Guest Blog – Rob Holmes on a Vinyl Passion

Every so often, I’d like to feature a guest blog by someone whose outlook I admire, and who better to start with than my own brother-in-law whose devotion to the world of record collecting leaves me in awe. Here’s an article he wrote for his house magazine at work but which deserves another airing…

My […]

A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain – in Margate…

In a far-off distant land called Kent, there’s a building where the childhood of small boys of the 1960s is preserved and cherished, and on a very soggy Monday in our August holidays, I made a long-awaited pilgrimage to worship at the shrine. This holiest of holies is the Hornby factory on the outskirts […]

Some Vintage Sussex Shopping

Whilst our week in Sussex wasn’t primarily intended as a shopping expedition, it’s always nice to think one is headed for an area where there are going to be some interesting shops to poke around in and bring back the odd ‘find’, and with places like Arundel, Worthing, Chichester and Brighton within striking distance […]

Ladybird by Design

After years quite literally on the shelf, suddenly it seems that Ladybird Books are rightly being feted everywhere as an iconic part of post-war British culture. Although the Ladybird ‘brand’ has been around for a century, it’s the uniform, 56-page, hardbacked little books that our midcentury generation associates with the name, each with its […]

New Lamps For Old

As a change from reporting on finds from the various vintage fairs and antiques shops that we happen upon in our travels, I thought I’d dedicate this post to a project to restore one of those finds that has been lurking at the back of the cupboard under the stairs, patiently waiting for a […]

Brush Up Your Vinyl

If you’re the sort of record buyer who pores over EBay sites of record dealers, carefully comparing condition ratings before making your bid, then this article won’t be for you, but if you get a kick out of crawling around on the floor of junk or charity shops and emerging clutching a fistful of […]

True Life Confessions – My Little Book Problem

OK, I admit it, I’m a book addict. I used to think I had it under control when I first started – just the odd paperback here and there, and everything stored on the little bookshelf at the head of my bed. Then I discovered jumble sales, and the concept that you could get […]

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    Collecting – The Curse of the Anorak or Community Service?

Collecting – The Curse of the Anorak or Community Service?

Does collecting things as a hobby have any merit? As an inveterate amasser of ‘stuff’, I can certainly claim never to be short of something to insulate the loft with, but is there any point to it?

Frequently derided by those for whom it has no attraction, collecting – defined as the systematic seeking and […]