I’m always on the look out for new and interesting places to have a nose around – curious and inquisitive might be the polite term to use (yes I’d be one of those people peering into the glass houses from the Tate Modern)!
So having seen the signs and some local adverts, I decided to look around The Vintage Shed in Colyton. Well I was clearly behind the times as it turns out this was featured on the TV only just last month (The Antiques Road Trip), and lots of people have recently been in as well.
Established in 2015 by Clare and John, this is a treasure trove of antiques and collectables, vintage and shabby chic furniture plus lots more. So if you are looking for that perfect jug for your kitchen, a quirky sign, handmade jewellery or just something unique as a present then take a look around The Vintage Shed. The unit is loosely divided up into sections for individual traders and crafts people. Shopping here you will be supporting locals and be sure to find something not for sale on the high street.
Quirky – Unique – Individual Items
The unit has good access from it’s own carpark and all except two rooms are on a level area and easy to walk around. There are lots of little things to look at and examine. Probably not the best place for inquisitive toddlers unless well supervised!
“There are lots of lovely new items as well, from jewellery and handmade cushions, to bespoke lampshades and driftwood craft “
Walking around was a flashback to my childhood, a 1960’s coffee set, a formica table and a collection of whimsies (little ceramic animals) that I used to collect).
To reach The Vintage Shed, head to the village of Colyton in East Devon (between Seaton and Axminster). Follow the signs for the Seaton Tramway Station Yard on Cownhayne Lane/Station Road and look out for the Vintage Shed signs. The postcode is EX24 6HA
So there you are – a new place for a trip out and a bit of present shopping, or just treat yourself to something! It is open daily 10am – 4pm.
If you need a tea stop nearby you could try Liddon’s Dairy (open Easter to October) or the Colyton Station Tramstop Cafe which is on the same road, or one of the many places in Colyton which is full of lovely little shops, pubs and cafes. One I have tried and can recommend is The Garden Shop, a garden centre and café in the town (postcode EX24 6PD) – it’s a bit of a challenge to find tucked away in the narrow streets of Colyton.
If you are heading home via the A35 then why not pop into The Coffee Factory (reviewed on the blog) and also visit Lyme Bay Winery.