I only had two days in Norfolk, so we used them wisely: heading to Wells Beach on the Sunday and Cley next the Sea Beach on the Monday. On the way to Wells though, we managed to slip in a little shopping at Wells Antique Centre. Emma was looking for furniture for her mother’s holiday cottage and me? Well I would have to be tied down to stop me missing an opportunity for a rummage.
But first of all we needed coffee really quite badly, so we nipped into Stiffkey Stores. It’s a village shop, but not as we know it from our childhoods. There are no packs of weeping bacon, dusty tins of Ambrosia Custard and packets of Mother’s Pride white sliced. No, this is a village shop re-imagined for the 21st century, all Farrow & Ball muted tones, upcycled glass vessels and blowsy peonies.
You need a firm hand on the purse strings, as amongst the penny sweets, organic produce, usual groceries, artisan breads, epic flapjacks (we ate a giant one each) and excellent coffee in candy striped cups, lurk vintage homewares, a strict edit of good cookbooks and lovely toys for children.
Appropriately caffeineated, we drove off to Wells to forage in the antiques centre. it is *exactly* the kind of store I like. We are not talking about £10k sideboards here, rather racks of vintage clothes, cupboards of antique glass, old rugs, pretty china, secondhand books, lots of useful furniture and all sorts of curiosities.
You can just see the glass sweetie jar I bought for FOUR POUNDS in the pic above — and below. I also bought this amazing pristine heavy decanter for the princely sum of fourteen of your English pounds. I’ve seen similar for £100+ in London shops…
I have no house room for these lovely lamps, but my heart longs for them.
Wells Antique Centre
Maryland, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1LY 01328 711433
The Old Coach House, Wells Road, Stiffkey, Norfolk, NR231QH