The best kind of treasure hunt
Hello fabulous people,
Now, as you may remember from my intro, I'm a HUGE fan of old, rustic things - especially furniture. This is for many reasons - not only for the craftsmanship and durability but also because of their character, interest and individuality. I'm sure we've all walked into homes and thought "WOW!" What provoked that response? Was it the carefully curated matching spaces decided by an interior designer with everything on trend? Or was it the originality of the choice of furniture and decoration, that gives you such insight into the personalities of those who live there? Their stories, the places they've been, their interests, their family history. Much more interesting in my opinion than furniture you've already seen a dozen times in chain stores/online/magazines/other homes.
My favourite hobby is treasure hunting in antique, vintage and secondhand stores - as you never know what pieces you'll find, what stories you'll uncover, what you'll learn about the past. Also, it's great for the planet - by finding value and sometimes a different use for an item unwanted by someone else.
I had the best time a few weeks ago with a dear friend, striking gold at one of my fave's in Christchurch Vintage Wonderland, finding a stunning, rustic 16th century ceremonial table from Papua New Guinea. Oh my goodness how I love it! Its functional too, keeping books, magazines flowers and what-not tidy. It nestles slightly under our round offcut timber Rekindle coffee table that on it's own had been too small for the space. It's perfect, plus its great for our children to know that such old things still exist.
I often find the best vintage and secondhand shops in rural places, like the main drag of Waikouaiti, Fielding, 'Overflow' in Mayfield (this place is massive and has a huge variety of vintage wares - clothing, linen, crockery as well as furniture). I also love Chaos Collections in Christchurch and The Vitrine in Auckland which imports stunning European antiques.
Happy hunting team.