Sarah has always had an interest in antiques, vintage styling and quirky historical items, but until fairly recently has followed a very different career: for over 20 years she was a quality assurance specialist in the pharmaceutical industry, and her interest in trading was confined to weekend buying and selling at car boot sales and antique fairs.

The shop in Kirkby Malzeard was previously the village post office, which was run by Sarah’s parents, but since the branch was closed the space it occupied had not been used. So with Sarah’s interest and space available she decided to take the plunge and open a shop. However, with living in Liverpool she also wanted an outlet nearer to home, and it was serendipitous that Red Brick Vintage expanded to include Red Brick Hangar – a new Camden-style market in the up-and-coming Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool. So now Sarah has two branches in which to display her specially collected items.

Sarah believes in recycling and that buying and selling antique and vintage items is the ultimate way to recycle. She also hates the term ‘brown furniture’; brown just means wood and wood is a beautiful, natural material which gradually glows from age, use and wear, giving it beautiful patina.

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Items that have age and have been used can still be decorative, relevant and useful today. With a bit of imagination and creativity, antique and vintage pieces can complement any contemporary home and its furnishings. It is also particularly exciting and satisfying to find a new use or purpose for an old item.

Have nothing in your home that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’ William Morris

So if you’ve not done so before, or if you are a dedicated ‘antiquer’, Sarah would love it if you would always consider taking time to purchase antique or vintage furniture before automatically buying new; half the fun is the hunt for that perfect piece for your home.

Obviously we would hope that we have just the thing you are looking for, but failing that try tracking down your local antique dealers and find out what treasures they have in their troves!

And if you were wondering, the bird is a chough, a rare species of crow. Sarah is a keen birder and the chough is one of her favourites, and it was as she was watching an aerial display by choughs on Anglesey that her husband proposed.