Over the years, I’ve been asked this so many times and there are two key answers.
Firstly, when we bought an old barn, I needed to find items to decorate the house and garden that were in keeping with the style and location of the property. The more I looked for things, the more that I enjoyed it and it became a regular weekend pastime.
Secondly and almost around the same time as I started searching for items, I started watching ‘Salvage Hunters’ and it really inspired me to look further afield, to dig a bit deeper and to start going to flea fairs and auctions –things that I now just adore doing.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to bump into Drew Pritchard on a number of occasions and I have always found him to be polite, open, generous with his time and very encouraging. The last time that I met him was at his new store in Conwy, which if you haven’t already been, I would absolutely recommend to you once we’re out of all the lock down restrictions.
Drew recommends that you always “buy what you like” – something that I have always done. I love what I do, and I love the things that I buy. I’m delighted when you buy them, and they go to someone else that will enjoy and appreciate them.
I hope that you enjoy browsing through my selections in 496 Vintage and all the other great items at www.malthouseemporium.com.