Growing up as a ‘nan kid’ , nothing in our home was younger than around 1980.
At the time I was embarrassed when friends popped over at how war-time our home looked. Embarrassed is a wrong word, I was more ‘aware’. We didn’t get a coloured TV until around 2005 and we never owned a washing machine until 2007. Previous to that we used an old fashioned twin tub and spinner out in the back yard. We had a beautiful open fire where all of our clothes dried on a rainy day and a whistling kettle was often found perched on the grate keeping water hot ready for a brew. We had a front room that was only ever used when guests came over or Christmas day. We lived out of the back room which was our kitchen cum living area. The room was huge with the dining table in the centre, 2 wooden chairs beside the fire, an old battered oven (as long as it worked, it stayed) and hung the back door was the dog leads and nans famous head scarf. It was perfect.
Now vintage is in fashion and the young become the old in search of kitchenettes and printed mirrors. I’ve been there for the last 26 darlings. And now my home is full of hand-me-downs from the over years, retro car-boot finds and freecycle pickups. From art deco cocktail cabinets to Bambi wall art, it’s all original and not much is younger than 40 years old.
Here’s some of the favourites from our little ‘collection’. It’s not really a collection, its just cheap practival living. I’ve included want we paid for it and history (if I know it) in the descriptions.
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