Olney is a treasure trove of boutiques and vintage finds and its newest addition is worthy of its surroundings. My Little Vintage is the brainchild of Julia and Shaun Chapman and although it is only a baby compared to its surrounding competitors it has already made its voice known. There are three stores in total, Olney, Earl Barton and Holdenby House. The first of which was Earls Barton which opened in Febuary 2013 as a natural progression from selling at vintage fairs.
What makes these stores unique is the way they are comprised. All of the stores are made up of a collection of pieces created and sourced by local talents, including Nicholas and Steele Vintage, vintage-daisy, heartsnkisses and Absolutely ShabbyLass to name a few. In fact the Olney store alone is made up of at least 20 traders, each with their own dedicated area within the store.
Along with being stockists of Annie Sloan chalk paint the store also offers painting classes taught by owner Julia, currently running at £80 which includes use of the paint in store. But it is not just painting classes available, several of the stockist offer lessons in sewing and seasonal crafts too.
To anyone inspired by the beautiful crafts in store, here is a list of the upcoming classes on offer:
Annie Sloan painting
14th Jan/31st Jan/21st Feb/25th Feb/14th March/ 25th March/ 7tth April/18th April/28th April/8th May Classes run from 10 till 4 and cost £80
Sewing with Abi Jackson
Beginners course 17th Jan/28th Feb/7th March Classes run from 10.30 till 3.30 and cost £40. There is also a print paper cloth creative play session on 28th March
Christmas bunting with Sue Perry
5th December running 10.30 till 12.30 at £12.50
Christmas corsage with Sue Perry
17th December running 10.30 till 12.30 at £12.50
Although I personally love the upcycled look I am aware it is not for everybody and some people love the vintage look without actually wanting old at all, and for that look no further than across the road at the gorgeously opulent Nest at No 9.
This store is one that I have been visiting for years with my mum, and the only issue with it is that I can’t decide which item I love more than the last. It is home to an eclectic array of vintage inspired and contemporary products ideal for gifts (if you can bare to part with them that is!)
The products are specially sourced from fairs and tradeshows by owners Sandra and Claire and merge together beautifully to create a breathtakingly wonderful sense of excitement as your eye travels from one item to the next. To me there is something very reminiscent of the Dickensian about it, like a welcoming fire on a snowy day.