I’ve always envied people who have wonderful items in their homes that they picked up for ‘about £10’ in some shop or other.
Despite perpetually being on the lookout for thrifty finds, I’ve somehow never had the pleasure of visiting a store that offers beautiful vintage pieces at budget-conscious prices. I was beginning to think they didn’t exist. Until now.
My sister had been raving about a shop in Brecon called Morgan for months – ever since she bought a glass star light there for £16. It also appeared on BBC2’s Antiques Road Trip in March so, when visiting Powys last weekend, I thought I’d take a gander.
The store was opened by Martha Morgan 11 years ago and she stocks anything that catches her eye, from toffee hammers and nutcrackers to wardrobes and dressers, old and new.
Walking towards the shop, I was immediately taken by the array of vintage deckchairs and watering cans on the pavement outside. At first, I thought I was going to eye up the price tags before hurrying away. But to my surprise, the watering cans started at just £8 and the deckchairs were £15 each.
Inside, the little shop is packed with kitchenalia, china, mirrors, Anglepoise lamps and furniture, all arranged in a such a way that you can really have a rummage.
After a quick dash to the cashpoint, I went away armed with a director’s chair (£12), a hefty wooden chopping board (£5) and a vintage Jackson’s of Piccadilly tea tin (£5). Meanwhile, my sister bought a mirror (£28) and a glass bauble (£8).
Brecon is a lovely town with several antiques shops and a regular antique and collectors fair.
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Rosanna Holmes, editorial assistant