In fact, they liked it so much that they’ve decided to make it permanent!
From 1 October, Homestuff with History, run by brother and sister Matt and Kathryn Brown, will be open seven days a week at Burwash Manor, in the shop next to Backstitch.
Says Kathryn: “My brother and I used to run away together and go to junk shops, then we started doing stuff up that we’d found. He’s a carpenter. Then before we knew it, we’d given up our ‘proper’ jobs and had set up a shop of our own.”
For ten years, Homestuff with History has been happily selling the very best of vintage, from huge housemaids cupboards to dinky enamel dog bowls, they’ve bought and sold it all and pride themselves on only stocking the real deal. You’ll find no repro here, just genuinely fascinating, unique pieces to adorn your home… and all affordable, too.
“We stock really unusual stuff, but also things you need, like chests of drawers, tables and chairs. We’ve got a lot of great kitschy stuff. When people come into the shop, they’ll probably have no idea what they want – until they see it!
“The thing about vintage is that everything is unique. Even if 200 of something was made once, each of those will have been bashed around a bit or altered, and each has its own story to tell. It means you can fi ll your house with things no-one else has.”