Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Tree Across Lode Lane, Solihull, December 2009

Our house in Lode lane was built on farm land apparently (according to my mother) on corn fields.
We did discover a few years ago an axial belonging to a piece of farm machinery. Not a good find as it was so big and buried vertical that we had to move our garden pond to avoid it.

In our area there are many large tree that are probably a hundred years old or more. Especially the trees around the Alton tavern on the corner of Lode Lane and Old Lode lane, Solihull.

A few weeks ago on a Sunday morning one fell across Lode Lane. It had been very wet and windy but on this day it was dry and only a slight breeze.

The tree just toppled over and blocked the one side of the road towards Solihull. It was very lucky that it was early on Sunday morning and not in rush hour as it would have hurt someone at the very least.

Within a couple of hours the tree was removed, I took a photograph - probably the only one.


Wednesday, 29 July 2009

History Books and Autobiography Books

After a lot of thought, we have decided to use this blog for information on the website Weaver Family Vintage.

Originally we had decided to sell the whole and very different number of antique and used books that we had collected over the last few years. But after many months and a great deal of thought. We have decided to specialize. Already the books that we have sourced have been autobiographical or biographical. Many are of these books are not in the most popular books on Amazon, but historical, famous and sometimes the most obscure. Also we have a large number of ordinary people, who have written about their life. Living through the wars or poverty.
Military books both historical fact and fiction will be listed. As well as historical fiction

As genealogy has been a subject that we have studied and enjoy. There will be second hand books on the subject and any other books, such as diaries or bibles that have family history information in them.

Lastly we will have a large selection of local history books and old maps

As with our other website, we will evolve as time goes by. But for the moment we are busy listing our historical books.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Buying Vintage - Jumble Sales

Back in the thirties and fourties here in the UK, a horse drawn cart would go around the streets. Children would bring out their rags in exchange for a gold fish. The small gold fish were in a large jar on the cart. You also had to bring a jam jar with you to get your fish!
Many elderly people can remember going back to their parents and begging for more old clothes to exchange because what they had - was not enough to get a fish. The rag man had sent them for more.

In the sixties I can remember the rag and bone man rooming the streets. He had a very large hand cart, piled high with old clothes, bags and other stuff. How he could see where he was going always used to puzzle me. I spent many an hour following, sitting in the gutter to see if he tipped the cart over or pushed the cart into one of the few vehicles that were parked in the street

Now days, it is easy to buy vintage. From special high street shops, on the internet, auctions, charity shops, newspaper adverts, car boot sales or from a good old fashion JUMBLE SALE

Church and charity jumble sales have been around for years. In the seventies, I was going to meet someone and was for once early! So popped into the local church jumble sale - never been to one before. Came away with two waistcoats, a black cord one and a maroon suede one. Wore them for years with my jeans and cheese cloth tops. Those were the hippy/rock days!! Bargain cost only a few pence at the time. I think the maroon suede waistcoat came from a sixties three piece men's suit.

We still go to jumble sales. They are great fun and have found some great clothes, many unworn and named brands. Ideal if you want to pick up cheap clothes, shoes, bags, household items, books, furniture, toys - in fact absolutely anything.
At a recent jumble sale, a wooden fire surround was for sale. Hand carved and would have cost a fortune if brought from new. Jumble sale price = £20.00. You just never know what you'll find

Here is our guide to going to a jumble sale:
  • Go early 15 to 30 minutes before opening and queue. Great fun to talk to the other jumblers. Also the best bargains get snapped up quickly, so get in early
  • Take a load of change. You want to give the right change as the sellers may have trouble finding change. Many items can be brought for as little as 5p up to 50p or more
  • Have a few bags (plastic or a re-usable one) for your finds. Often there are bags available, but some sales seem to forget.
  • A jumble sale can get very crowded and busy. Please don't take a small child in a push chair into a sale and expect to have a relaxed buy. For one, you can not get to the tables and I have almost fallen over a pushchair before now. Children get frightened and fretful when all they can see is legs and loads of people. If you have a little one, take someone else to look after them. They can go to the refreshment tables, sit and have tea or fruit juice and the pick of some scrummy home made cakes. Don't leave them at home as children learn through experience. Older children can be given some pocket money and they will have great fun finding and buying on their own. Usually what you gave away last week!!
  • Some sales can be manic, many people all trying to get to the tables to look. Wait patiently just behind and soon they will move on and you can get in. Or walk around the room. There is usually parts that are not so crowded and easier to look.
  • Check what you are buying for size, any repairs needed or buttons missing. You can always repair, change buttons and even re - fashion or do a GOK! on many clothes.
  • Looking for curtains or other soft furnishings. Measure before and don't forget to take the measurements with you. They are no good on the kitchen table. Also take a tape measure. Many sales will have one, but they are often in use. I am always amazed at the nearly new or new curtains, covers and bed linen given to jumble sales. My daughter picked up a brand new touch control table lamp.... for 50p
  • If you are into sewing, craft, making or patchwork. Jumbles are a must. Where else are so many different materials availabe for a small amount of money. Just use your creative imagination.
  • Don't forget - have fun. A great way to spend a Saturday morning or afternoon. Finished buying. Treat yourself to a cupper - and don't forget all those home made cakes available
I will be looking at charity shops, auctions, the internet and car boot vintage buying experience in this blog. so bookmark.....

Pictures taken from "The Jumble Sale" by Roderich Hunt (now out of print) first published 1989

Sunday, 12 April 2009

What Does Vintage Mean?

As this is the first blog from Jewels Vintage Vibes, I thought I would look at what does Vintage mean?

In my dictionary it states:

Vintage n 1. wine from a particular harvest of grapes. adj 2. best and most typical

Okay so my dictionary is dated 2002, but my concept of vintage does not match at all!

Without any definitive guidelines I have always interpreted vintage to mean second hand or used.

So it can be items that may have been brought yesterday used and then passed on to someone else for use (This I have called vintage modern) Or be anything up to one hundred years old and still be called vintage. At one hundred years old it becomes antique.

So in fact vintage has become a much nicer and more acceptable word for second hand or used.

There are some references that vintage should be 20 or 25 years old before the term is used?

How does everyone else interpret vintage?

Both photographs are representative of vintage. A wedding couple in 1926 and clothes from the 1950s