Afterglow is owned by designer-maker Diana Harris and opened in June 2014.
The shop features forgotten or unloved items which have been ‘upcycled’ using decoupage, specialist paint and fabric to create new designs as well as vintage and retro-inspired gifts and accessories.
Diana’s work is complemented by other designers and artists, mostly local to the area, each handpicked for their individual style and creativity.
Diana is a former journalist and ITV press officer, who started her small vintage-inspired business while bringing up her four daughters.
She says: “Opening Afterglow in Olney is a dream come true and follows three years of exhibiting at handmade and vintage fairs and in other people’s shops. I hope Afterglow will be a colourful, vibrant place which customers will want to visit time and again because many items are one-offs so there’ll always be something new to see.
“Old furniture and vintage finds still have something to offer to us today. With a bit of care and creativity, they can be brought back to life to be enjoyed by a new generation, rather than consigned to landfill.
Adds Diana: “I often feature song lyrics or punchy quotes in my own work and I like to feel the item’s character before deciding what to do. The result is something original which you won’t find anywhere else.”
In keeping with the ethos of Afterglow, the new shop has bespoke signs created by Russell Thomas of RJ Thomas Traditional Signwriting, a company based in East Haddon, Northamptonshire, which has specialised in designing and hand-painting period signs for nearly 40 years and is now one of the few remaining traditional sign-writing companies in the UK.
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