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sad day for the big pineapple

It is with great sadness i must announce, December 24th 2014 will be the last day of trading for my Brockenhurst shop. The land is being auctioned off, and our shops must be cleared. 

You don't get rid of me that easily though... i will just work online for a while, concentrating on making the website the best it can be, as well as tackling other online aspects (pinterest, instagram, twitter etc) working from home. But aim to get another shop next year sometime.



Posted in News by Sophie on 23/09/2014

D Day celebrations in Brock

Today (Saturday 21st June 2014) we have lots of celebrations at Brockenhurst train station (the end of the road to the shop) so i have done a window display to join in. We believe this building used to be a fruit and vegetable shop in the 1930s/40s, so i have filled my window with the modern retro take on it.


Posted in Events by Sophie on 21/06/2014

Vintage in lights

I have so many fab letters in stock at the moment (illuminated and not) most of them are currently shop only, but the illuminated ones should make it here (if they don't sell before hand).

They are great for initials, but also for writing words, and i always try and have something written in my window display. The mixed letters look great together, with a mix of fonts, colours and sizes (i am working on a wall full at home myself)



Posted in new in by Sophie on 29/05/2014

Ladybird library

Clearly i am not alone with my love of Ladybird books? these little hard backed memories are always popular in the shop (individual ones not available on the website i'm afraid).

I think i enjoy buying them as much for my own memories, and seeing peoples reactions when they get a mini flash back to childhood?

Pop into the shop and get yours, only £3 each.

Posted in new in by Sophie on 06/05/2014

Back on track

It has been pretty mad here lately... moving shops, moving house and all that goes with both! I think i am finally back on track, and FINALLY have internet access at the new house, so will be able to do some extra work here and there to catch up.

Lots of treasures have continued to come in, and i will be adding as much as i can soon.

I have had several large deliveries of Alfred Meakin table ware, more illuminations and other quirky pieces...

Posted in new in by Sophie on 25/04/2014

Flick the switch

Part of my new shop stock is illuminating! as well as being genuine vintage, these pieces are totally unique. From holiday camps to arcades, from this country and beyond... they are all ready to plug in and enjoy.

Since the shop opened less than a week ago, a few pieces have already gone, so you may want to be quick if you are looking for that ultimate statement piece. 

Below you'll see a selection, shown on the website... The letter Y came from America, and features fantastic fairground bulbs (now sold,but trying to find more) next is the last of a collection of holiday camp signs from the 1950s, this one has had a custom made light box, the yellow/ gold letter A, was French, and now sold. The last is a trio of amazing illuminations from a Blackpool arcade


Posted in new in by Sophie on 06/03/2014

We did it!

Sorry I've been a bit quiet on here... but for the past (solid) 26 days, i have been converting my mums antique shop into my new, larger retro emporium! It opened on Saturday, to a great response, and plenty of sales. I am now working my way through the latest stock, adding it all to the website (the pieces that haven't already sold that is) 

As well as my usual hand picked genuine retro home ware, i am now also doing some in-keeping salvaged pieces, and vintage illumination/ sign-age from arcades, circus/ fairgrounds and holiday camps. Something truly unique for home, shop fittings etc.

Really is worth is visit if you are able... three large rooms of goodies, with the usual constant deliveries.


Posted in News by Sophie on 03/03/2014

Bargain alert!

To make way for fresh stock in the new shop, i am clearing some pieces... this amazing table was made by Nathan. It has a steamed teak frame and glass inserts. It also has a handy shelf in the middle, which can be raised on lowered to accommodate a plant or maybe bottles for a party?

Fab condition, and now down to £80 (nationwide delivery available)


The big shop swap

For anyone who doesn't already know.... in the next few months, my mum (next door at squirrels) will be swapping with me, so i can have a much bigger shop! i am SO excited!! i will also have a dispatch room for online orders, with an actual table for wrapping- eek!! 

I will try and post updates on here, but more details can also be found on my facebook page. We are hoping the new shop will be open in March, as quite a lot needs doing inside it. Watch this space....




Posted in Events by Sophie on 17/01/2014

Christmas shop opening hours

The shop will be open until Christmas Eve 10 am - 12 pm, then re-open again 28 th and 30 th. I will be attempting to have a break (which rarely works) and open again 4 th January as usual

I'm sure i will be in on other days, so please call first if you are travelling.

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful customers, you have been amazing, especially with everything at the end of the year! May you all have bulging stockings and a prosperous new year... see you soon, Soph xx




Don't forget the website will be open 24-7, and posting will continue as normal during my opening times

Posted in News by Sophie on 20/12/2013

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