Archives for category: The Fashionably Lost

I’m a huge fan of Supermarket Sarah (aka Sarah Bagner) at She’s always been a bit of an inspiration and I was really excited to read that she’s got a book coming out in October.

Here’s the background (you can read the full story on her website) … She started off selling vintage things at Portobello Market and then set up in 2009. You need to visit the site to see for yourself, but she basically creates these amazing ‘walls’ to showcase items for sale. Everything on display is for sale and you can click-through to buy loads of cool stuff – from one-off vintage finds, handmade homewares, jewellery, art, clothing, pretty much anything.

I actually came across her website and blog after reading an article in the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine a few years ago. Since then she has done some amazing displays for Selfridges, collaborated with loads of designers and has been travelling the world researching and writing her book.

Her site now showcases walls from loads of different designers, crafty people and vintage sellers – I would LOVE to do a wall one day.

Her book is called Supermarket Sarah’s Wonder Walls: A Guide to Displaying Your Stuff and is available to pre-order from Amazon now. It will definitely be on my purchase wish list – really looking forward to being inspired by all of the things she has found on her travels.


The shop has been a teeny bit neglected over the past couple of months with holidays, birthdays and weddings filling up almost every weekend.

After a successful trip to Lincoln last weekend, and a back log of items clogging up the house I was raring to give the shop a new lease of life with some lovely new stock and a bit of an overhaul.

Here are some pictures of the results …

This is how the shop looked on Saturday afternoon but about half an hour after I left we sold four of the wooden crates so on Sunday I took some more bits down ….

Including this lovely 70’s light set (two ceiling lights and two wall lights) which I LOVE …

I also have a bit of a thing for this marble lamp …

Our corner cabinet had been annoying me for months – in our house it looked really cool but it has never looked that great in the shop. I gave it a bit of a revamp with a plate display and now it is looking much better … it is also for sale to a good home …

We may not have had the weather for it this year but this old deck chair would look great in anyone’s garden …

I also gave some of the existing stock a re-shuffle …

Closhes and Russian Dolls …

Old Mills and Boon books …

Vintage Vogue and Pyrex …

Pink cupboard would make a lovely project for someone …

This orange chair would make a great upholstery project although I kind of like it the way it is. These old curtains are fab too!

We are taking part in the Summer Sale at the Nichols Building – starting Saturday all of our items will have 15% off for the next three weeks – happy shopping!

PS. I have been experimenting with Instagram again so excuse all of the pictures looking different!

On Sunday I ventured over to Lincolnshire for a prowl round the Antiques and Home Show at Lincolnshire Showground.

It was the second time I had been and probably not quite as good as last time. With Sunday being day three of the show a lot of dealers had packed up and left early. That said, there was still plenty to look at and lots of lovely things to explore. Plus sometimes when there are loads and loads of stalls it can seem a bit overwhelming.

One of my fave things about going to the Lincoln show is that on the way over from Sheffield you have to stop at a manned toll bridge and pay 36p. It always amuses me!

The Showground is huge and I wasn’t 100% sure what I was after so I started by having a stroll around and took some pictures and made a mental note of things that I thought I might go back and buy.

Even if I wasn’t looking for things for the shop it would be a really fun day out – especially because the sun was shining – and I would probably walk away with a haul. Anyone furnishing a house would have a field day with genuine, proper antiques, restored furniture, shabby chic bits and retro homeware. From big pieces of furniture to ornaments, lights, mirrors – you name it, it will be there.

I picked up a few great bits and pieces for The Fashionably Lost – here is a sneak peak of some old crates and an Antler vanity case that will be in the shop soon.

I’m planning on having a big overhaul of the display so i’ll post some more pictures once everything else is in the shop. In the meantime I’ll leave you with the one that got away – an old phone in a nice dusky pink colour which for some reason I dismissed as too expensive but now I massively regret not buying.

I must also include an honourable mention for a friendly man working at the show who gave me a hand back to my car when I was trying to carry far too much … on two occasions!

Visit the organiser’s website for more details on the next show.

I finally finished making this cushion a couple of weeks ago and I think its one of my best yet (if I do say so myself!) It is made from orange felt and a really cool net curtain that I bought from Leeds Markets and cut up. I have still got loads of the net left so am planning to make a few more in different colours. This one is for sale in my shop but I think I’ll make a couple for the house.

I also made the black flowery cushion below. The material is from Thailand (via eBay) and I added some lush black fringing! Cushions are about as far as my sewing skills go at the moment!

As promised, a few pictures of some of the items we currently have for sale at The Nichols Building. We have had a busy week and some of our fave items have been snapped up already (the big blue trunk, an old suitcase, a sewing box and our Tina painting).

One of the best things about having the unit is seeing what sells well and then going out and hunting for more items. Here are a few things that are still in the shop (pictures courtesy of Louise at The Nichols Building and stolen from the Facebook page).

We love Russian Dolls and always snap them up if we spot any out and about on our travels. The small ones come as a set of five.

This book is over 100 years old. We really like the colours and detail in the cover – its a work of art. The pink scarf is also really pretty.

These Fauna ornaments are perfect if you are in to retro kitsch.

The colours in this glass paperweight are beautiful. I thought it was a Kingfisher but it is in fact a Nuthatch, so now you know!

One of my favourite display shelves – I love the colours of the bowl, jug and Art Nouveau painting.

A white wicker chair with a cushion I made myself – check out the sexy fringing!

Because everyone should have a bell in their lives!