Antique Owl

Beady eyed bird looking for collectables and design stuff

Mackays Junk and Disorderly, Letchworth Garden City

I moved to Letchworth back in November last year, and have been meaning to write several lovely posts about the architecture, the parks, and the little local charity shops and antiques shops ever since; however a little bump and then little owl came along – preventing any real exploration of these things in order to form any particularly helpful blog writing.

However last friday I headed down to The Wynd for the opening of the Dot to Dot gallery at their new shop; on the way back, managed to take some time to snoop around Mackays reclaim and antiques shop.

Mackays, The Wynd, Letchworth

I’ve been meaning to go in for a long time now, but sometimes pushing a pram makes certain spaces a bit difficult – it’s not easy when you’re taking up the whole walkway in an antiques shop where there are glass and ceramic nicknacks all over the place. Either way, on this occasion I ventured in, and it was a good job I did as there were a number of really lovely bits and pieces.

Wooden box

A gorgeous wooden box.

Dusty dolls house

A dusty but beautiful dolls house, it needs a bit of love but just imagine a grandad somewhere with this as a project – aw – cute!

Kitsch ceramics

I love the dachund design on this little cup and saucer.

Kids toy carousel

A slightly strange but quite interesting kids toy carousel or sky swing – again, with a little bit of love this could  be quite a lovely kids toy.

Kids school desk

I’m currently trying to figure out how I can get my mitts on the desk above – with a little baby owl I’m always looking for things which will furnish his nursery or his bedroom in years to come – and can you imagine drawing and painting at your very own little tiny desk – again – awesomely cute, and with a bit of love it would be so cool.

Colourful sleds


The interior of the shop is decorated with brightly painted vintage sleds – they’re so cool!

Folding garden chairs

We did walk away with a few bits and pieces including these really nice garden chairs, they’re restored in that the wood is new, but the frames are steel and heavy, so will last a long time – not like some of the flimsy new garden furniture I’ve seen knocking around the DIY shops this summer. These two were £30 and I think worth every penny.

We also picked up a really lovely Ercol drop-leaf dining table, in need of a little love and attention – but that’s for another post…

Blue Vaseline wear

Because we bought the other items I was even allowed to walk away with the above lovely piece of vaseline wear glass thrown in for free! I came home and did some research on this particular piece and have found out that it is a victorial jug made by a company called Davidson – you can find out more about it on the 20th Century glass website.

If you fancy visiting Mackays, then I’d make a beeline for the shop on a Friday as I’ve been reliably informed that they get new stock in on a Thursday 😉 happy shopping!


2 comments on “Mackays Junk and Disorderly, Letchworth Garden City

  1. Paige
    September 30, 2015

    Hello, I’m Paige and I’m 16 years old, I’m looking for a job as I’m currently in my last year of school at The Knights Templar, I get home at around 4pm so I am available to work hours beyond that point and I can also work weekends, if you have any jobs available please let me know, thank you.

    • antiqueowl
      July 1, 2016

      Paige, I’m really sorry that I never got back to you about your email, I don’t check and update this blog often. Thank you for getting in touch though, I hope you found a job. Good luck!

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