A Very Vintage Sham

I have finally decided that enough is enough. I am going to face this monster once and for all – look it in the eye and tell it what I think of it.

Vintage, you are a sham. A SHAM.

These pretentious little girls who, five years ago, would have turned their noses up at the idea of wearing SECOND HAND CLOTHES are now fighting over the stuff. I was brought up wearing charity shop and Guide sale hand downs. Jumble sales were a TREAT for me and my siblings. I was always taught that I couldn’t have everything that other people had, but I could have some things that were BETTER, things that no one else had.

And it’s always been true. We didn’t have television – but we had the biggest video collection I’ve ever known. I couldn’t have trips to Disney World – but I could see a city carved out of the red desert rocks of Jordan. I really owe my parents for the gratitude they’ve instilled in me, which allows me to find the same joy in a tiny piece of nothing that cost 20p as could be found in something expensive…though perhaps my shopping habits are a negative effect of this parenting method. Though I buy cheap, I buy destructively often.

But anyway, this upbringing has instilled in me a deep love of old things. And now people JUST LOVE VINTAGE, every piece of old CRAP is now ridiculously overpriced. ‘Shabby Chic’ has ruined the world of car-booting and charity shop raiding. Mostly because genuinely beautiful old things are being stripped, painted white and stencilled with bloody ROSEBUDS. It’s CRIMINAL the things people are doing to defenceless antiques. ‘Vintage’, you SUCK.
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My Shabby Chic Nightmare

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