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99 Curiosities was born out of my love for all things weird and wonderful and full of character. I was lucky to grow up in a large Georgian house in the UK surround by all the items I now look for. A lot of the items I buy remind me of particular times throughout my childhood. I believe it was just day to day life and the surroundings of that, that has created my love, passion and evidently my personal tastes in the wonderful.
The house I grew up in had grounds with old barns. I used to play in the barns and often find old pieces of jewellery and even behind a large old door, a large gramophone. My father had purchased the house off an Army Captain and as such there was a lot of old war memorabilia in the barns and the lofts and medals were often found after prying up the floorboards in the barns.
The house was full of antiques, grandfather clocks that were large enough to hide in and dining tables big enough to slide across. The Church we went to in the village was Norman and one of the oldest in the surrounding area. There are incredible items inside, small carvings from wood, large stones with engravings on and gold, brass and gilt abounded in all forms.
My family has a house in France where most summers were spent and at the age of 8 or 9 I began attending the local brocantes with my father. These were generally held in local village Squares,under the shadows of the Chateau. I used to always be given a few Francs to purchase an item and one of my first purchases was a Peugeot coffee grinder. This was before they became popular and I drank coffee! It was just heavy and fun to play with and I still have it.
I learnt as I grew older that items I purchased in France were quite popular in the UK, so I began to buy more and more. When I was able, I started to drive to the house myself so I could fill up my boot and take it all back to the UK. Most of my items I buy in the UK are sourced through family friends who have barns and lofts bursting with items, a lot of which I am able to coax from them.
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