A Vinterior Obsession

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I seem to have developed quite a serious, potentially ruinous, shopping addiction. I can’t stop buying things from the vintage/antique website Vinterior. To date, I’ve bought four lights, three mirrors, a chest of drawers, an old French shop display, an armoire the size of a small village and almost a coffee table. (Some of my purchases are pictured above.)


I was in two minds as to whether I’d even share this vintage website with you, because I’m a selfish shopper when it comes to unique items; there’s nothing worse than telling people about something you have your eye on and then it getting snapped up! It’s fine to garner opinion on a dress or a lipstick if there are still 67 of them available at Selfridges or House of Fraser or wherever it is that stocks them, but if it’s a one-off, like the vintage shop display (it’s so, so heart-achingly gorgeous) or the brass mirror I have in the downstairs loo, it’s just too risky to tell anyone.


It gives me palpitations to think I might lose out, like when eBay first started and everyone actually bid for stuff rather than using Buy It Now – ooh, getting to those last few seconds and knowing your bid wasn’t high enough but not being able to get the stupid laptop to increase your bid in time because of dial-up internet speeds! Those were the days…

I think one of the reasons I love Vinterior so much is that they have a huge mix of antique and retro/vintage; I was completely Team Mid Century before I moved into a Georgian house, but the beautiful architectural details in my new home have made me want to have some more ornate pieces as well as my classic modernist ones.


So yes, a proper little vintage furnishings habit going on over here. I have to say that there’s something very satisfying about acquiring a piece of furniture that has been used before; the fact that it has a story and a past. I love that it’s being used again and again and not just going into landfill – as I get more panicky about the whole plastic and general rubbish situation (anyone else feeling this?) I find myself thinking even more about how I can make things last, choosing things that have less of an environmental impact.

That’s not to say I never buy new – there are some things I need, or want, that I can’t see to find second-hand. I needed five matching wall lights, for example, and they were proving hard to find in a set, and I’ve been stung more than once when it comes to second hand sofas…

So I’ve always been partial to some good vintage in the furniture and lighting department, but when we bought our first house (must have been in 2006? 2007?) it was far more time-consuming trying to sort the crap stuff from the good stuff. eBay was the only option for online hunting, really, and it was a bit hit and miss. I’d like to say that I enjoy a rootle about at the flea market but in all honesty, I despise it. Mr AMR loves searching for elusive bargains, hidden treasures, but I just feel tired half the time and having to trawl through whole tables filled with old garden tools just makes me want to scream. We’ve found some brilliant things, but I do like being able to browse from the comfort of my own bed.


Anyway, go and have a little donder about down the virtual aisles at Vinterior. I find something every single time I check, which is daily, sometimes twice or even thrice daily, to my shame. There’s currently a sale running which has had me in a right old tizzy.


Mr AMR keeps hiding from me because every time I see him I have something new to show him on my iPhone. The worst part is that half the stuff I’ve bought is in his office downstairs because I can’t decide where to put it all. I love it so much that I want to get the placement just right. He’s at the end of his tether. It’s like a (very stylish) flea market and there he sits, in the midst of the Sea of Antiquities, trying to edit pictures on his computer.

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You can find Vinterior here – I’ve pulled out some of my favourite picks for you below, in case you’re wondering what I have my eye on. (I’m doing this as a finance-saving measure. If you buy it, I can’t. Thus: finances and marriage saved!)

If you do buy anything at Vinterior, you can use the code RUTH CRILLY to get £20 off your first purchase. (This post isn’t sponsored, I’ve never been gifted anything by Vinterior and have always paid full price for my orders; the code pops up as a kind of “share the love” thing when you make a purchase. Once you make a purchase, a code with your own name will no doubt appear to pass on to family and friends. You get £20 credit if someone uses the code, which you can put towards your next purchase.)

Some current vintage highlights:


I’ve always had a fondness for Guzzini lights and this one tempts me massively, even though I’m not quite sure where it would fit in my house. (Into Mr AMR’s office it goes! What? You’ve no room to sit down anymore? Stop moaning!) It’s £140 here.


This carved French desk is so very, very pretty – I’ve bought an armoire from this seller (don’t forget my shelf for the armoire, if you’re reading!) and she has some brilliant stuff if you love French antiques. Lots of rustic pieces, repainted (and “re-vintaged”!) items and the odd gorgeous leather chair or sofa. You can find the desk here (it’s £395 – look at the closer-in pictures, it’s gorgeous) and all of the items for sale here.


Now tell me this wouldn’t make the coolest ever lipstick storage? It was for storing threads (looks like a shop display cabinet – my Mum has a huge Sylko one that she’s had for decades) and has neat little dividers that are perfect for makeup. Imagine! I would have bought it weeks ago had I not been looking for a larger set of drawers – I want a massive apothecary cabinet to store all of my beauty stuff and can’t really have both… If you’re tempted by this conversation starter then it’s here – £390.


Ah, the classic Ercol carver chair. Look them up and see how much they are new – makes sense to find one second-hand, if it’s one that’s been looked after. My kitchen table and chairs are second-hand Ercol and look brilliant, if I may say so myself. They suit traditional or modern interiors and the carver chair can be plonked just about anywhere and look stylish. This one is £110 here.



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  1. November 21, 2018 / 7:57 am

    I really like your post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. November 15, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    I’ve so far bought a chair, sideboard, drinks cabinet and two coffee tables, thanks to your Vinterior recommendation. Have now banned myself from looking for a while.

  3. Jane
    November 14, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    Ooh Ruth, you should watch Salvage Hunters on Quest and watch Drew Pritchard sourcing items for his shop, it’s really entertaining and interesting. His shop is http://www.drewpritchard.co.uk – if you buy anything, tell him he owes me commission!

  4. ziloa
    November 10, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    for the massive apothecary, you can also try to find an antique library card cabinet :-)
    oh and right now, all my love is for swedish gustavian furniture, have a look !

    • November 11, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Oooh that’s a great idea!!

  5. Stacey
    November 9, 2018 / 11:18 am

    I’m intrigued Ruth, could I ask about your experience with sencond hand sofas please?
    I too love vinterior, have just purchased a 1950s house so have been hunting on vinterior
    for some mid century gems.

    • November 10, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Bought one from a dealer in London and it still smells musty about five years on! Also I think you really need to be able to sit on a sofa and get a feel from it and often with second hand the padding/cushioning is going to be worn so you need to know what you’re getting… Saying that we still have our 1970s De Sede sofa fifteen years on and I bought that for a grand! x

  6. Farah
    November 7, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Oh my God! So I am in a similar boat….big new home to fill, sick of buying from the big stores and want vintage, antiques, 2nd hand but ALSO generally despise flea markets (dragged through too many icky ones as a child) and even have little patience for antique shops. Basically I don’t want to go anywhere, don’t have the time, etc… Sooooooooo this post is right up my alley. I’m in the U.S. so wonder if these vendors will ship to me though….. I have been obsessed with One Kings Lane myself……but this site looks very good indeed. oh dearie me……thank you thank you… but oh dear oh dear….You have really found some gorgeous and special things. Lucky girl!

    • November 7, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks Farah – off to check out OKL too! xx

  7. November 7, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    I can totally understand your shopping obsession – I had the same problem when I first bought my home, I just wanted everything in sight! I love vintage finds and these are all beautiful.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  8. November 7, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Yes, also freaked out by the plastic/waste situation. Have ditched kitch towels and disposable tissues almost 2 years ago. Haven’t looked back since and now my autumn-winter bins aren’t full of tissues anymore. Vive les washable tissues!!

    • November 7, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Do you mind me asking what you use instead? Just j-cloths or? I really hate kitchen towel too!

      • rachel
        November 9, 2018 / 6:01 pm

        I use cheap ikea flannels and chuck them in the wash at the end of the day (or sooner if they have wiped up something gross!). They are harder wearing and more absorbent than j cloths I think. Face flannels get demoted to kitchen flannels once they are less than soft and fluffy and get used til they get thread bare then chucked in the compost!

        • November 10, 2018 / 8:57 am

          Oh OK, that’s a great idea. You’ve converted me. x

  9. Catherine
    November 7, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I found a gorgeous wee mcm chest of drawers on Vinterior which makes for a perfect bedside table/makeup storage combo. In lovely nick, cheaper than anything new and the perfect size. It pleases me greatly.

    • November 7, 2018 / 12:40 pm

      Ooooh! Honestly I check every day for the perfect bedside table substitute!

  10. November 7, 2018 / 9:13 am

    I really don´t need another expensive place to spend money on recommended, or more vintage furniture, for that matter. But you have found so many awesome things there that I am tempted to just have a quick look (and we all know how THAT usually ends!).


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