New beginnings, old Vicarages & Bottle Lodges

Stocking our new show area at Three Wise Monkeys and battling with the A1 to find new pre-loved curtains to sell

Tuesday 6th March – The weather improved today and the snow has gone at last so we finally got round to hanging curtains at our new mini show area at the Three Wise Monkeys Vintage Emporium just outside Sandridge near St Albans. We are keen to give it a go as the emporium has a very good ‘feel’ to it and the soup we had for lunch in the Wildflower Cafe was lovely. Our wall of curtains is on the first floor and everyone who comes upstairs and turns to see down the long room towards the Nelson Mandela room will see the curtains straight in front of them. We picked a wide range of curtain styles to hang ranging from vintage to high designer curtains and the result looked good. Now we’ve just got to hope they start selling.

As part of the rules for having a ‘pitch’ at the emporium I have to work there two days a month and I’ll be there on Wednesday the 14th March and Wednesday 28th March so hopefully I’ll see you there!

Wednesday 7th March – We get a lot of potential clients who use the Contact Us Form on the website which is great, mainly people with curtains to sell but also people looking for curtains. Today I sent Mr DV off in the car to travel up the A1 past Stamford to visit the village of Long Bennington which lies between Grantham and Newark and is exactly a 100 miles from our showroom in St Albans. He was responding to a client who had a large number of curtains to sell and from the pictures she sent us we thought it was a good idea to go and get them.

Vicarage

The client lives in a lovely Old Vicarage built in about 1809 and she had a wide range of very good curtains for us with fabrics from Laura Ashley, Warners, Romo and Colefax & Fowler and included two identical pairs of long Designers Guild ivory silk curtains. All in all Mr DV packed 17 pairs of curtains into the car and just about managed to get back behind the wheel (!) and set off back down the A1.

On the way back he had to stop off at our showroom at St Martins Antiques in Stamford to pick up some curtains and voiles that had sold online and replace them with others taken from our main showroom in St Albans.

After this all he had to do was come home!!! On the way out of Stamford going towards the A1 junction you pass the main entrance to Burleigh House and Mr DV is very enamoured by the design of the ‘Bottle Gates‘ as they are known so couldn’t resist a quick picture!

Bottle Lodges

As always if you want to see some of the curtains we have for sale follow this link to our main website. As well as this if you have any questions about us selling curtains for you use the Contact Us page of our website.

Snowy country lanes en-route to the Scullery!

Today was far too cold to open the Barn Showroom so we agreed to venture out into the Hertfordshire Countryside with a bunch of curtains which an existing client of ours was more than interested in buying to complete the restoration of part of her country house which is being converted into a lovely one bedroom apartment.

Today was far too cold to open the Barn Showroom so we agreed to venture out into the Hertfordshire Countryside with a bunch of curtains which an existing client of ours was more than interested in buying to complete the restoration of part of her country house which is being converted into a lovely one bedroom apartment.

The lovely sprawling country house we eventually arrived at after negotiating a number of fairly hazardous country lanes is just outside Bedmond in Hertfordshire and includes  a really lovely walled garden, not that you could see much of it with all the snow! Anyway the living/eating area of the renovated apartment used to be the old Scullery back in the day when the owners of the house employed sundry servants and the massive bedroom and en-suite bathroom used to be the Servants Dining Room.

We took Doris the dog with us and this is always an issue as she naturally assumes that any expedition with her involved is for the sole purpose of giving her somewhere to go for a good walk, snow or no snow.  The concept of us leaving her in the boot whilst we went into a very nice warm house is not one which filled her with happiness, cue some pathetic barking when we went inside with the curtains!

The big windows suited the two pairs of Laura Ashley curtains she bought which together with the Nina Campbell pair for the lounge area made Mr DV very happy indeed. This is because he not long ago equipped us with a brilliant little card reader which is attached to an App on his phone so we can accept card payments when we’re out and about, providing we can get a signal on the phone. Job done!

You’ll be pleased to know that we did find time to take Doris for a walk on our way back as she loves the snow so all were satisfied by the time we got back home to some soup to warm us up again!!!

Dont forget that if you want to see some of the curtains we have for sale follow this link to our main website. As well as this if you have any questions about us selling curtains for you please get in touch using the Contact Us page of our website.