His mother’s possessions

Drawers full of chargers for old phones, broken pens, shop business cards. Old newspapers. A broken thermometer. A garlic press, a grater, and a – what’s it called? – we laughed at that word, it featured in so many recipes for a time: a quirl whisk. A quirl whisk. Things…

Eco Efforts

As the makers of a paper-based product we’ve been thinking about our impact on the environment and would like to share what we and our suppliers are doing to try and mitigate that. And we thought what better way to illustrate that than with little plastic bricks…. oops.

Shop Finder

Use our handy map to plan your next day out. You can be safe in the knowledge that here at CC we’ve visited every one of the shops listed here and know them to be welcoming, open and full of great antiques, vintage and collectables.

At the end of the rainbow

Can’t think of anything more boring than crystalware? Then I beg a moment of your time to show that crystal is anything but dull, in both senses of the word. I’d never given crystal a second glance. To me, crystal was the stuff that my mum carefully shuffled me past…

What’s in a name?

What’s the appeal of an autograph? A connection to the world of celebrity? A brag? A record of a brief moment shared with an idol? Collector, now dealer, Adam Andrusier began autograph collecting with a signed photograph of Ronnie Barker who lived round the corner from him in Pinner. It…

Through dirt covered glasses

The coconut effect There’s plenty of instances in life when a lie is more attractive than the truth, if not even more believable than the truth. You’ll impress nobody saying, “play it” in your best Bogart voice because we all know the line was, “play it again Sam” – except…

Marcel Fairs

Here’s a look at Marcel Fairs, which take place monthly in Berkhamsted, Sarratt and Biggleswade. Photos have been taken at various times, the most recent being the date at the top of this page. For upcoming dates check out our fairs calendar. Jump to: Berkhamsted / Sarratt

Dating with care

When I buy vintage clothing I want to know that it is vintage. If I see a super 1940s knit and it turns out to be 1980s, that’s fine, as long as I’d known that when I’d bought it and it was priced as 1980s – I don’t want the…