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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 

Posts tagged “vintage”

One of the joys of my job is sending items on the next stage of their vintage journey. The story of two Stakmore folding garden chairs is one lovely example. Spotted in the shop, they were purchased for a new life aboard a Dunkirk little ship! 
 
Built in 1930, “Lazy Days” came under fierce attack during World War Two as she ferried troops during the Dunkirk landings but has since been fully restored and takes part in many commemorative events. The chairs - themselves nearly 100 years old - will be used to provide much-needed comfy seating for Dunkirk veterans on the boat. 
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... 
 
 
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