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.

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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.

Hampstead mansions, an avant garde council housing estate and stocking up our Stamford showroom.

Tuesday 20th February – Another day, another trip out to look at Curtains. This time Mr DV and I ventured down to Hampstead in North West London to visit a house on Rosecroft Avenue, a house so big that all the houses or flats we’ve lived in so far could fit into this house and still have plenty of room to spare!  As is often the case some of the curtains were not suitable where others were eminently sellable so we filled up the car with new stock and said our goodbyes.

As we were in the area we popped in to see one of my best friends who lives just round the corner in the iconic Spedan Close, what used to be known as the Branch Hill Estate probably the most expensive council estate in the land! Built in the late 1970’s by Architects Benson and Forsyth in conjunction with Camden Council, it was and remains a very avant garde estate in its day and still now trainee architects are often brought to the estate to view its angular and clever designs.spedan closeJPG
Mr DV doesn’t drink tea or coffee or milk so has his own fruit tea bags which he keeps in the car for such an occasion! So weird!!

Wednesday the 21st saw us pointing the car up the A1 to Stamford where one of our showrooms is located inside St Martins Antiques. We love Stamford, a lovely old town well worth a visit if you haven’t been! Once we had tidied up the show area and changed over some of the stock we decided to photograph and hang one of the pairs of curtains we had picked up from Hampstead the day before.
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Remember those adverts some years ago for IKEA when they had the slogan ‘chuck out the chintz’, well these curtains are chintz and revel in it. They’re a Colefax & Fowler interlined and glazed cotton print called ‘Saltrum’ and are in great pretty much unblemished condition. They would fit a window roughly 102″ wide by 105 ” drop or if you prefer metric, unlike us, 260 by 268 cms and you’ll find them on our website Here.