Upstairs at Molly’s
As a devotee of vintage homeware and furniture – particularly 1950s and 60s ceramics and chairs – I am always on the lookout for new places to pick up treasures, always scouting for hidden gems that someone else has decided to sell. My idea of fun is going to a big car boot fair or antiques fair and spending hours searching for prizes. Sometimes it doesn’t happen but it’s definitely worth the hunt when I come across a few unexpected finds. It’s a great feeling to rummage in a box and discover a plate or cup that’s missing from a collection, or unearth some old buttons that I can use to adorn knitted items. So I was very excited to hear about a relatively new emporium in Dorset called Molly’s Den (mollys-den.co.uk
A shelf of feline finds
Tucked away on a little industrial site between Poole and Bournemouth, this wonderful place is crammed with trader’s stalls selling antiques, vintage clothing, furniture, books, records, collectibles, jewellery… the list goes on. It’s somewhere the whole family can go to, as there’s a café and a children’s play area, so everyone’s happy.
A few of my finds, including a Midwinter Stylecraft Primavera gravy boat designed by Jessie Tait…
…and a little chest of drawers that I couldn’t leave there!
Molly’s Den is planning to appear with its wares at pop-up vintage fairs, classic car shows and festivals. And when I visited, it was about to double in size, so I can’t wait to go back. Go and find your own treasure but don’t tell too many people…
By far the best part of compiling the Emporium pages for the magazine, is seeing all the fascinating things people send me. At the moment, the biggest influx of emails, letters and press releases I receive are themed around the Diamond Jubilee. You name it, I have seen it…..teatowels, mugs, cushions, prints, flags and bunting, as well as hand-carved corgis, decorated biscuits and, today, a union jack hoover!
One of the most original and intriguing things I have seen so far is by Gloucestershire based artist, Rachel Markwick, who makes wonderful collages out of stamps collected from around the world. To tie in with the Jubilee, she has made a wonderful flag (see below) which can be bought as a 30x40cm canvas print for £70 (including UK p&p), or as a A5 card with envelope for £3. What a great collection of stamps, I love the Queen in the headscarf one (upper left corner)!