Today I went for a rummage in one of my favourite antiques centres to drop some heavy hints to my boyfriend re my 21st birthday present. Acorn Antiques in Sawbridgeworth is based in The Maltings, a complex of antiques and collectables outlets. I’ve been going there for as long as I can remember, my late granddad and I marvelling over a £850 match-stick model of the Titanic. It’s not what I’d usually be interested in, but I’m going to own that thing one day.
What I am largely interested in at the moment is taxidermy, creepy dolls, Victorian mourning jewellery and above all else religious kitsch iconography. One of the sellers, under the guise ‘Le Petit Brocanteur’ translating to ‘Little Antiques Dealer’. I’ve met the seller a few times, a lovely French lady, and she’s even given my Mum and Dad discount when they’ve bought me some of her beautiful pieces. For Christmas this year I received some beautiful religious wall-hangings. But it’s safe to say I would like to buy pretty much everything she’s selling. I mean everything.
Though I guess I’ll have to wait, as these really are investment pieces. I’ll make sure the giant Titanic model and full-size Jesus statue will be crossed off of my birthday list one day!
Words by Alice Freeman