The best time for hunting of course is summer, with the long days and plenty of barn sales (or 'loppis', as the Swedes refer to them) open for business.
From our base near Stenungsund, on the beautiful Bohuslän coast of Sweden, and despite it being the wrong end of summer (i.e. autumn!), we managed to plot a packed agenda of treasure-hunting. We revisited some of our favourite haunts, and found some fantastic new ones.
|A rather picturesque lunch stop|
|The beautiful Bohuslän countryside|
|An industrial storeroom in Munkedal|
|The treasure that got away - not one for us!|
|A Swedish still-life study|
Roaming the countryside definitely provided good hunting ground for treasure, but inspiration in the form of colours, design and graphics, also came in from a bit of sightseeing - both in Gothenburg and indeed the local supermarket...
|Haga district, Gothenburg|
|He's SUCH a delightful object! (and sadly NOT for sale)|
|A bit of 'shabby chic', Gothenburg-style|
|'Fika' (coffee break) joint in Haga district, Gothenburg|
|Beautiful architecture in Gothenburg|
|Celebrating Scandi-cake style|
|One of many hundreds of 'pick 'n mix' offerings at the local supermarket|
|Those Swedes love their sweets|
|Some beautiful graphics on crispbread packaging|
Within the space of five days, we accumulated chandeliers, desks, industrial side tables, rustic dining chairs, filing cabinets, vintage globes, dress mannequins, wooden children's toys, industrial anglepoise desklamps and a variety of vintage hooks and hat-racks.
Frenzied packing and organizing ensued - some of the items are already at LASSCO Ropewalk for sale (a vintage Scandinavian globe, a retro Danish chair), others are being prepared for sale at our Cornish workshop, and some of the larger items will be making their appearance on the shop floor next year.
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|Globes, globes, globes (and a rather beautiful tambour-front cabinet)|
|At our logistics, um, depot/HQ|
|A giant abacus|
|A child's rocking horse|