Anything In Particular was born out of a shared joy of finding things. It’s a three-person effort and, importantly, came from a collective desire to do “something different” in our lives and give us a different focus than our day-to-day existence(s).
So, Anything In Particular came to be. We rummage and scour and otherwise seek out good things, because we like to and because it’s good for us. We hope that a happy side-effect of this is that a) we have some customers who like what we do and b) that we’re able to at least cover the cost of shoe leather and/or petrol (and the odd cream tea or toasted teacake en route).
Why Anything In Particular? At the kinds of places we go looking for items, we’re often asked “Are you looking for anything in particular?”. The answer is almost always “no, not really”. It really could be anything in particular that we want. We often don’t really know what we are looking for, but we will absolutely know it when we see it – it could be anything, and specifically not something in particular or it very well might be! Hence, the name (and two of the three of us like it, so that’s a bonus!).
About the Products
The three of us don’t have the same tastes, but we share a similar ethos and a similar love of nicely designed and well made things. We also like the weird, wonderful and quaint items of the past, whether that’s recent or otherwise.
So, expect us to be busy foraging for good items to present to you, whether that be jewelry, clothing, small items of furniture, curios, household objects, or whatever it might be. We really don’t know, and that’s part of the joy…
Most items are used, second-hand, pre-loved – whatever you wish to call it – and many are quite old. They will therefore have signs of use, minor wear and tear and other age-related deterioration. If you have any questions about the condition of a particular item, please let us know. Otherwise, we will describe any defects or areas of concern on each listing, take good photos so you can judge for yourself, and will point out any significant age-related marks so that you are aware before your purchase.
We can’t refund on the basis of condition, due to the nature of the items. We will, however, be happy to return your money if an item fails to function if we have described it as working or it turns out to be incomplete if we have described it as complete.
We think that’s fair and reasonable, and we hope you agree.
We offer many of our items online via this website but we also have a different selection for sale at Sandiacre Antiques Emporium (Station Road, Sandiacre, NG10 5AS), so please do visit and take a look to see what we have displayed there.
We aim to keep things interesting and fresh, have a bit of fun with presentation, and generally make it as enjoyable as possible – both for us and for you.
Cleaning vs. Fixing vs. Renovating vs. Re-purposing vs. Upcycling (vs. “Shabby Chic”)!
This is a tricky area! The majority of the objects we sell are “as found” and were bought because we liked them in their original state. In many cases, though, an item requires some cleaning and/or fixing just to make it presentable for sale and suitable to sit in your home (or garden).
Further along the continuum, we only renovate if there’s a deficit or defect in an item which renders it either unusable for its original purpose or which dramatically affects its original aesthetics. We wouldn’t normally try to return an item to its “showroom” state, but rather get it to the point where its functional and aesthetic qualities can be re-appreciated.
We re-purpose an item when it otherwise lacks these two fundamental qualities. Technically, this is not upcycling, because we have for the most part bought the items we offer for sale here – they are not generally recovered from our bin or anyone else’s! Finally, we aren’t going to take an already good, old item and attempt to artificially “shabby” it. If an older item is already good enough to consider, then from our perspective it doesn’t need that doing to it. More likely, it probably needs a good clean, a bit of a tighten up, and a bit of careful attention. In that sense, we’re more likely to undo a “Shabby Chic” effect, because we see something more appealing in the original object than its current “fashionable” state.
When we clean, fix or renovate, we try to be sympathetic to the item and sympathetic to the environment too. Where possible we’ll use natural cleaners, use environmentally-friendly products elsewhere, and where we can, we’ll try to re-use materials instead of purchasing new. It just feels better that way.
“Antique” vs. “Vintage” vs. “Retro” vs. …”-style”!
Another difficult area is the labelling of items. It’s generally accepted that “antique” means that an item is over 100 years old and holds some kind of artistic value above and beyond mere age.
“Vintage” (usually, though not always, applied to clothing or non-furniture items) is generally used to describe items which are representative of a general stylistic era but which are less than 100 years old. How old they need to be to be worthy of the name is debatable – you will find “vintage” applied to anything from 20 years to 50 years! The key thing is that “vintage” represents something more than age alone: it’s an aesthetic or social/cultural valuation too, which is why “vintage” is often appended with a year or set of years, e.g. “vintage 1970s” to indicate the era it is representative of.
“Retro”, on the other hand, usually means a comparatively new item paying homage to the styles of a former era. Confusingly, it can also be used for relatively old items (20 years-ish!) which have a geeky or nerdy character… we did warn you this was difficult!
Finally, adding “-style” to any of these preceding terms generally indicates it’s an item manufactured very recently, often very cheaply and in mass numbers, and intended to imitate a past style. It’s a reproduction.
We try to be really careful about the terms we use – we don’t wish to mislead anyone – but since they aren’t precise, we’re open to comment about any item’s description or labelling. All we can say is that we will do our utmost to use “antique”, “vintage” and “retro” as responsibly and accurately as possible!
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