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Digging for history

I’ve only just managed to find time to post about my escapades on Saturday, but here it is!

I was invited out for the day by the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Club. I had never been metal detecting before, so it was a great chance to have a go! I was really excited about spending the day out and about hunting for items, and it was really sunny so we were fortunate with the weather. I didn’t even need my coat really as the sun was that hot. Considering it is October it was a rarity to even see the sodding sun!

So, back to the day! I had great fun, mostly due to the company who were a great laugh. I am sure I was the source of much of the amusement as I didn’t have the strength to actually dig to find items- in my defense  the ground was incredibly hard. I couldn’t get my spade to break the surface :(. Luckily I had a lot of help with that bit. Hehe.

My arms killed after doing it for four and a half hours- in fact, they still hurt, and I feel as though I have been weightlifting for a few days. But at least I got a workout! So, I’m sure you all want to know what I actually found…

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I particularly love the vintage OXO sign I found. That’s going to get framed and put in my new house for sure. I found a lot of old buttons, that I think are from the Victorian period. There was a beautiful piece of metal which may be either Roman or Anglo-Saxon (the piece with the zig-zag pattern across it) so I need to get that checked out at Birmingham Museum. Some of the coins I found were really in a bad state, but the large one that you can hardly see much detail on, which was examined by one of the guys I was with, might be from the Victorian period.

One of the buttons has a beautiful little bird design on it, which is the Bridgnorth Bird I think. I really need to do some research on these items! If anyone knows what some of the items are, do feel free to comment!!

Anyhoo, I’m hopefully going to do it again in the future, I had a fantastic day out and it was such a laugh.

Down The Rabbit Hole…An Interview

It’s been a few weeks in the making, and here it is, my interview with the amazing vintage furniture business ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ who have allowed me to bombard them with questions. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and hope everyone else with enjoy reading the results!

For further details, ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ have started a blog, which is definitely worth checking out!

The Interview

Firstly, if you could tell me a bit about yourself and how the business started?

Down The Rabbit Hole was created as a joint venture between myself and Sarah Tissington. We met at University at the start of a nursing course – about as far away form vintage furniture as you can get! We discovered a shared love of charity shops, flea markets and ‘vintage’ which led to DTRH today. We received a good response from friends and family to the first pieces we made which gave us the idea, and the confidence, to market our furniture to the public.

Fantastic! It’s great to find out how these things unfold! Do you have some artistic influences that have helped to shape how you view the objects and restore them?

I studied fine art at Aberystwyth University which encouraged me to view items as pieces of history. Both myself and Sarah believe that all items can be made beautiful with a little love and attention. We take the approach that every outdated or useless piece of furniture was once desirable, and can be again. This does mean that we end up with lots of worse for wear pieces hanging around the studio waiting for inspiration to strike! It’s too easy to throw things away without using a little imagination and hard work to make them better than before.

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