Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 2 - Page 30

Old But Gold Above Images credited to Simon Whitmore for FW Media/Style Your Modern Vintage Home Johanna Mangel interviews two vintage furniture traders to see what it takes to make it in the business If you ask us, having a wardrobe full of pre-loved treasures qualifies you as retro royalty. However, if you really want to go all the way, you need to give that vintage touch to your home too. Whether it’s a postWW2 coffee table or an old rocking chair, these pieces are more than just objects to fill your house with. Vintage furniture has a story and let’s be honest, it looks pretty amazing too. Since 2010, Kate and Adam Beavis have been running Your Vintage Life, an online vintage shop that sells fashion, furniture and homewares. The furniture they sell, is mainly from the 1950s to the 1970s, but they do occasionally find beautiful pieces from as early as the 1930s.Kate is also an author, having her first book Style Your Modern Vintage Home, published in 2013. ‘It is a guide to buying, styling and restoring vintage and takes the reader through from the 1920s to the early 1990s,’ she explains. 30 Their love for decades past began with charity clothes shopping, back in the good old early 90s when you could pick up an original Fred Perry polo shirt for only 20p! A passion for homewares came later. ‘When we met our tastes were quite different. Kate’s style was very girly, mixed with a bit of 1950s and modern furniture from Heals and Habitat,’ says Adam. ‘Adam loved and still loves the late 1960s design with teak, atomic lights and retro prints adorning his walls. Add in his love for classic cars, bikes and even lawn mowers means we truly live the vintage life,’ says Kate. Another passionate furniture retailer, Hugo Sabin, got into vintage pieces after he inherited his grandmother’s old homeware. At first he didn’t know what to do with it. ‘I definitely didn’t want to sell them and I couldn’t afford to keep them in storage so there was only one solution – upcycling, and that’s what I did,’ he says. After some encouragement from friends and family, he came to realise the commercial potential his pieces had and in January 2014 set up an upcycled vintage furniture store called Pipoca. It is not always easy to find the perfect stock. ‘This time consuming process includes visiting sales, charity shops and country events as well as local advertising,’ says Hugo. For Kate and Adam, who have been in the game slightly longer than Pipoca, it is a little V6