Monday, 28 September 2009

Branching Out

I few months ago I took a unit at Lechlade Antiques Arcade. It was something I'd had in mind for a while and wasn't sure where I'd go but I booked it on the spur of the moment one day when we had popped out to Lechlade for lunch. I started off with a tiny unit tucked away in a corner which was a bit dark and cluttered and impossible to get a good photograph.

Recently I've moved into a larger room and although it's still quite cluttered, it means I've been able to put more stock in and get a half decent photograph. There's still no natural light, but I have a room all to myself with it's own doorway. It's looking much more how I want it now, though there are still a few finishing touches to go.

I haven't gone for any particular style, just a mixture of bits and pieces - vintage, country style and shabby chic, that I hope customers will like. It's going well and I pop in once a week to add stock and have a bit of a tidy up - customers cannot always be relied upon to leave things as they find them ;-). It's been keeping me busy for the last few months but I'm really enjoying it.

These pics are all from my unit - the other units are quite a mixture, if visiting you need to allow time for a good look around as there are two floors and many rooms. Of course, when I visit my unit a can't resist a look around the others, here are some things I have bought from there for myself:

Pretty perspex box, great for displaying sparklies.

Plus these two sparklies:

These cute steps which I showed a little while back.

A complete album of Wills Cigarettes Film Stars cards from the 30s.

Very glam!

If you are thinking about visiting Lechlade, there are three other antique shops/centres, a few gift shops and the famous Christmas shop, plus you can dine by the river and take a walk along the Thames. I'll post more about it another time.

The Antiques Arcade is on the High Street, at the junction of the A417 and A361, click here for a map. They have a website but the link is broken at the time of writing, I've put the link anyway as it might sort itself out. The arcade is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

I do hope you'll pay a visit :-)

As a result, I'm afraid my webshop has become rather neglected. I do have some pretties put away though and hope to have an update before very long.


  1. How wonderful Lucy!I'm not to far from Lechlade but I havent been there for a while.The last time we went was for a meal at Colley's Supper Rooms, a lovely experience! Anyway I shall have to visit again soon to see your gorgeous pretties!
    Rachel x

  2. Looks lovely! I've added your shop to my list of places to visit one day!

  3. It's all so pretty. I'll have to see if I can get someone to drive me there...preferably sooner than later, lol.

  4. How wonderful does it look.... I want to plan a visit!!

    Victoria xx

  5. Hi lucy
    Well done it all lokks so fab. I think this is where you definaetely belong you were cut out for this. I think you will have your own vintage/antique centre one day. Not forgetting the lillipegs and all your other creations
    x Dom

  6. Hello Lucy.. ahhhh.. now the cat is out! hehehe.. what a great place! wish i could give you a visit and gosh.. i found so many wonderful things at your corner there!.. Congrats!

  7. Lucy, I love your little shop, and it looks filled to the broom with pretty treasures.

    I sure wish I could visit.

  8. Hi Lucy
    what a great adventure, your room looks lovely, I must arrange a trip.
    Have a great day

  9. Hello Lucy

    It all looks wonderful, so beautifully displayed! Sounds like you are enjoying it!
    I wish you well with it.
    Isabelle x

  10. Your little shop looks amazing you have so many lovely things. I will definitely see if I can arrange a trip to have a look around.
    Ann x

  11. Hi Lucy

    So glad it's going well - and looking great, too.

    Hope to see you at the Flea - not such a long gap between them this time.

    Sue x

  12. Hi Lucy, I have been there so many times in the past but not recently...I will be going very soon now I know you are selling there. All the best. Julie Bell.

  13. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Your little shop looks scrummy. Wish I was a bit closer, I would love a bimble around all those little rooms. Wishing you lots of luck and plenty of sales.

    Love Fi x

  14. I wish so much I could visit your little shop. Your blog is such a blessing for me - everything is very pretty - and I love, love, love all of your pretty things. Your kitchen beads are lovely and I think perfectly suited to you. Blessings, Patti

  15. Hi Lucy, Congratulations - looking good!! I do sometimes make it to Lechlade, so will be sure to make a b-line for your lovelies!!
    Good luck with it - I know you will have great success with this new venture!
    Niki x

  16. I often joke with my OH I am going to come down with him to Lechlade and sleep in his van, so I can visit the Christmas Shop. Little did I know there's a huge antiques arcade as well! He fishes at Horseshoe Lakes, and now he may very well have me coming along for company! I used to share a unit with my Mum, it does need a tidy regularly and also just be aware that items may occasionally disappear too. x

  17. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing what's going on across the world! Drop by my blog sometime--I have named you for an award.

  18. it all looks so lovely,I wish we were nearer.Even the outside looks pretty!


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Lucy x