Dealer Suzie Kujawinski is thrilled about her new vintage and salvage shop, The Lucky Magpie, in Chesterfield. She opened earlier this month after spending six months renovating the premises, an old coach house.
“It was so good to see so many local people at the launch and particularly young people. One 10-year-old was very taken with a large fibreglass shark’s head which his grandparents bought for him.”
The shop’s eclectic stock includes lots of advertising signage, vintage clothing, kitchenalia and a collection of Rowntree advertising items which date back to the 1900s which included a miniature baseball bat filled with tiny cake decorations (now sold). Upcycled lamps made from engine parts, copper pipes and cogs will also be for sale in the shop, where prices run from a few pounds to over £1000 for enamel signs and sculptures.
Kujawinski also unearthed in an old air raid shelter some fine organ pipes, pictured on Instagram, on which she is doing some research before offering them for sale.
Before opening her shop she traded at IACF in Newark and Arthur Swallow Fairs in Lincoln, has supplied props to Pinewood Studios and the BBC and worked in urban art. “I’ve been dealing in antiques and salvage for many years but under the radar,” she said.