Something old, something older
Fragile antique lace sweeps across bare shoulders. The ballroom shaped skirt exaggerates her neat, nipped in waist. A Cathedral length veil given to her by her Great Aunt covers a perfectly made up face. She’s the bride all women dream of being, the type that when she walks up the aisle, all stop and stare and sharply take in their breath at her beauty. Live out your bridal fantasy with a refreshing vintage twist.
The picture perfect wedding scene: a rose garden in full bloom set against a stunning half an acre of breathtakingly green lawn. Dotted about are adorable little cherubs, mini-assistants of the bride and groom. Proud pageboys and excited flower girls look the epitome of angelic; so smart they almost look like they belong in another time. Be inspired by vintage clothing and dress up your little ones to the nines.
Open your eyes and imagine it. Your perfect wedding – perfect meaning reasonably priced. Not some madcap spree where you spend your last pennies on releasing doves. You want trinkets, personal touches and just a little old school glamour. Beautiful hessian bunting, romantic lanterns lit just before the start of the evening dancing, sweet romance epitomised in your single most perfect day. Make your own fairy tale come true.
An old country house, some tea roses and vintage jewelry form the perfect setting for a retro summer wedding. Re-load the traditions, play with the styles and colors to re-create your own atmosphere...
When Spring is in the air so is love. The perfect time for wedding celebrations and all things pretty. The season for new beginnings and to pave the way for new love...
The square in your street is silent, suddenly the school bell rings - finally the time for fun has arrived. The first thing the kids do is grab their bikes. The bicycles are their ultimate summer companions, whether the sun is shining or it’s the greyest day in July - riding about on vintage Raleigh bikes is what they truly adore. Hear them ring their bells in delight and rowdily declare who has the best-looking wheels. Transform their summer from good to astounding with some fabulous retro bikes.
As Tour De France fever hits these shores, kit yourself out with some of these fine vintage rides. Perfect for hitting the country lanes and city streets of Grande Bretagne.
What’s your dream car and what can it do? Zip about corners with ease. Look incredibly cute and compact but still fit three passengers with ease? Well you must love the Mini Cooper. A little banger. A British icon. Born in 1959 and never to be forgotten. Which model would you go for though? A pristine white 1970s pickup or a 1990s Rover Mini Cooper? Satisfy your thirst for the classic Mini – a great little car.
The road ahead is quiet. The Italian heat is scorching. You’re off to pick up your dream girl. She adores your 1970s Vespa. You adore the yesteryear; you find modern motorcycles a little intimidating, so you love the nifty Vespa. Darting in and out of roads. Riding down tiny winding lanes. Whipping past espresso bars and gelaterias. Take in the Italian views from the best seat in the house. Travel the way you always dreamed – on a vintage Vespa.
A buyer of vinyl. A rejecter of digital sound waves. You go old school. From the way you dress, to the car you drive – everything has a history, a story, a past. The old FM radio gifted to you from your uncle, who knew you’d had your eye on one for the last couple of years. Even as a teenager, whilst your friends adored Kurt Cobain’s lyrics, you were more interested in what Sammy Davis Junior was crooning about. Imagine playing soulful grooves on an impeccable record player. The classic tracks have never sounded better.
Love a selfie? Take 100 a day? Photoshop your pics to perfection before posting them to hundreds of followers? A fun filled photo day – but only if you’re a digital fanatic. Imagine taking selfies then having to wait for them to be developed – it just wouldn’t work. Retro photography has a sense of drama about it. A night out with your best friends could be long forgotten before the incriminating photos emerge. Revive your love of cameras with film – for unexpected fun!
I've been collecting vintage treasures for many years and probably have too many already, but there's always room for another leather suitcase or 1960s tin.
You always considered yourself a person of taste, you’re not really one for new things. You always felt like you grew up in the wrong era – the 90s rather than the 60s. Home is where the heart is and your heart belongs to vintage Scandi furniture. Teak sideboards exhibiting retro lampshades. A steel tea set (more for display than for actual use) welcomes all who enter. The coolest abode on earth impressing every visitor. The Scandi influenced home of dreams.
Where do the coolest people reside? What do their interiors look like? Probably bedecked in steel vintage pieces with original wood flooring. Luxury, but not flashy. Authentic, but not boastfully so. Breakfast is served whilst you lounge on an industrial style bench – that’s how you like your eggs in the morning. Be inspired by steel and bring a stylish hard edge into your home.
Get an A+ for interiors and relive the best days of your life with some ace vintage school furniture. An elementary choice for any home. From blackboards to bookcase, there's something for every subject. Quiet at the back please!
Fast fashion. Modern life. Endless traffic. Wi-Fi searches. Don’t you ever just want to escape from it all? Embrace a time when a summer dress was full skirted and 100% cotton rather than a challenging neoprene. Why not dress like you’re in a different era? Slip into some fifties peep-toe courts and strut down the city streets. Feel heads turn at your out of this world look. Fashion - with an old school upgrade.
You always wanted to live in Miami – the beach, the views, the beauties. Growing up Don Johnson was your hero. Those white jeans contrasted against bright printed shirts – the ultimate eighties fashion idol. Brighton may not be Miami, but on a 27-degree day the pier set against the clear water is pretty breathtaking. An ode to Don is what you’ve created - cropped vintage shorts and a bold floral shirt may not be for the wallflower, but it works for you. Grab yourself a cool beverage and cruise the beach in style.
There’s something about old electronics. These eighties pieces look like historical relics to you. One person’s 30-year-old calculator is another person’s Picasso. The smooth cream exteriors of desktop computers, so much more exciting to look at than the typical silver metal option you get now. Inspired design. Modern technology wishes it could be this good-looking. Boxy, clunky, but with an impossible charm. You’re a committed collector – you study them. Retro electronics. Early technological life.
These are phones that I either owned back in the day - or lusted after. The peak of technology for their day - this is a trip down memory lane. How many do you have in your collection? Sponsored by #ebayinspires