A North Wootton man is turning his passion for collecting items from yesteryear into a business of the future.
Antony Lamb has spent years visiting car boots and charity shops and buying all kinds of items ranging from crockery, cutlery, ornaments, radios and cases.
Now, with his partner, Andrew Lamb, he has set up Vintage Partyware, a vintage-themed party hire company using goods from his own vast collection.
The idea for the new business came about following an accident at work a year ago which has left him unable to return to his former job while he awaits surgery.
Instead of giving up, Antony decided it was time to combine his enthusiasm for vintage objects with his career plans. He said: “I have always loved anything quirky or unusual and many items made in the 1920s through to the 1950s were made well and made to last. Having seen the prices of such quality pieces rocket in recent months, I soon realised I am not the only one.
“I dislocated two vertebrae. I can walk a little, but it is painful. However I want to be doing something, which is why I threw myself into something which I enjoy. Who doesn’t like the idea of celebrations and parties being your work?”
Antony said he couldn’t sell his collection but likes the idea of seeing others enjoy and make use of what he has. “Over the years I have amassed huge numbers of china pieces plus other vintage objects. I have some on display but can’t use them all so this really is the best of both worlds.”
Vintage Partyware offers china and glassware for parties and weddings as well as items to decorate a venue with a vintage theme.
“I had seen some ideas for using vintage china in a magazine and also attended a wedding where the champagne was actually poured from a teapot into a cups and saucers, instead of champagne flutes. I thought this was the kind of thing I could do with my own things.
“I have also made an old-fashioned sweet cart, which can be filled with old jars and containers for sweets and favours.”
Crockery items can be hired per head along with all kinds of cutlery, such as cake servers and forks. “When clients request crockery items, they like to mix them up and not have items which match. It adds a bit of fun if it’s quirky and not regular,” said Antony, who can cater for up to around 150 guests at a function.
More details can be found on the business webpage www.vintagepartyware.co.uk or call 01553 886844 or send an email to email@example.com