Tel: 01234 240730 
 
Email: info@afterglow-originals.com 
 
Address: 35 High Street South, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4AA 
Tel: 01234 240730 
 
Email: info@afterglow-originals.com 
 
Address: 35 High Street South, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4AA 
Handcrafted Vintage Upcycled 
Running a small business like Afterglow is a daily exercise in multi-tasking. As well as being in the shop five days a week, sorting stock and helping customers, my duties encompass such diverse activities as accounting, social media marketing, designing new products - and even window cleaning. 
 
But I now have another title to add to my CV - data controller. I know, it sounds like the Fat Controller without having all the fun trains to play with!..... 
Unpicking the history of a 125-year-old sewing machine 
Have you ever wondered about the history of those vintage items that come into our lives? 
Who sat on that chair or polished that spoon before it was refashioned into a ring or used the old wooden tool to carve something beautiful? 
 
With a bit of digging you can usually discover the bare bones of a piece's history, but sadly the story of the people who once owned it often remains elusive... 
 
For a small market town, Olney has many claims to fame. One of these is the Pancake Race, an event steeped in history and becoming more popular every year. 
 
No one is quite certain how the world famous race originated. The favourite story tells of a harassed housewife, hearing the shriving bell, dashing to the Church still clutching her frying pan containing a pancake. 
 
The first actual race is believed to have run in 1445, on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent, and the whole day was given over to a festival of celebration, pranks and pastimes. 
A new year, new designers in the shop and a new laptop for my blog!  
Getting a new website is a big commitment, both in terms of investment and the need to update it regularly. I use my iPad every day in the shop, as it's so easy to carry around, take photos, write emails and update Facebook and Instagram, but sadly it just doesn't work for my website, which is a bit more complex. Result - I have now purchased a new laptop and hope to be able to update the website more regularly. As you can see it's working well as my Happy New Year post is just scraping in before the end of January... 
 
 
After three years in business and with the changing of the seasons we have decided to launch our new website. We hope that you like what you see and are inspired by our handcrafted, vintage and upcycled products. 
 
We also take commissions if you would like something created uniquely for you. 
 
Pop in for a browse and a chat...we look forward to meeting you. 
 
Diana 
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