The festive season does strange and wonderful things to some people, no one more so than full time Mum, Lynda Awcock, who is a self-confessed Christmas fanatic.
Describing herself as a “self-funding collector who sells the surplus that comes with the constant hunt for vintage Christmas”, Lynda’s collection began with a tiny box of German Edwardian glass baubles, given to her when she was still at school by her Mum, an antiques dealer. Having been surrounded by antiques from an early age, Lynda’s love of festive antiques turned into a hobby that got out of hand – she says ‘it is both my addiction and my therapy!”
Now trading as ‘Emily England’, named after her young daughter, Lynda is always on the lookout for the next special piece for her collection but also has some helpful friends and dealers who will put things aside for her specifically as she now finds the prices on Ebay to have been driven up too high, due the steady increase in popularity of genuine vintage Christmas stock.
One particular, recently discovered, stand out piece that Lynda was lucky enough to find is a 1970s Santa shaped charity collection box made by the now defunct Carleton Russell, a Lincolnshire based firm who also used to make the iconic ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ boxes. Unfortunately, he’s not for sale as he got snapped up pretty quickly!
Lynda’s top tip for anyone who is interested in getting into selling antiques is that you have got to love what you buy – “if you love it, other people will!”
If you’d love to create a vintage Christmas in your home, you can find a wonderful assortment of traditional, festive goodies from ‘Emily England’ and many more specialist stall holders at our Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show on the 1st & 2nd December. And, don't forget to pre-book your Monday tickets to get them for the reduced rate of £15 per person!