The countdown to Christmas has officially begun. It’s been a busy and exciting year for us for all companies in the Vintage and Architectural group so here’s a recap of our year:
At the beginning of the year we decided this year we would undergo a rebrand. The focus of our year was to consolidate the three companies under our new brand name which was more work than we could have imagined.
We slowly started our rebranding with fairs and leaflets building to our official rebrand from MASCo Architectural Salvage to Vintage and Architectural in October. We started designing logos, building a new website, social media, promotional material and we’ve had a fantastic response to our new look.
The highlight and main attraction of our rebranding was our huge in house auction in October. The auction was held to promote our rebrand and to make space in our showroom for new stock by auctioning 850 lots.
Andy Triplow, Director of Vintage & Architectural said “The auction was a great success and Wellers did an exceptional job of making sure the auction ran smoothly. We’re really pleased with outcome of the auction and there was a great atmosphere throughout the day. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the auction was a cleansing experience for us”
Fairs and shows
Reclaimed, antique and vintage pieces are unique and the products are full of history making vintage pieces in demand. With many beautiful vintage products to showcase and our rebranding to Vintage and Architectural we have attended various fairs and shows throughout the year.
Every year we take a stand at The Listed Property Show held in London and this year was no exception. Our first show of the year began with The Listed Property Show in February. The show was held at Olympia and brought thousands of people in to view the services and products we had to offer. It’s a great venue to show case all of our products and to make new contacts. It was great networking experience meeting property owners, conservation officers, architects and planners. We received lots of interest in our products especially our original cast iron radiators and vintage floor tiles. We will be doing the show again next year on 14th and 15th February.
After such a success at The Listed Property Show, we attended a more informal show. On 20th-22nd June we exhibited at the Decro Fair Knebworth. Knebworth’s fabulous open setting and the gorgeous warm weather provided the perfect opportunity for a great day out. We took a wide selection of stock to the fair which included vintage garden furniture, gothic door accessories, original cast iron radiators, reclaimed flooring and a few unique pieces of vintage furniture.
With our ever increasing services and stock, we held our very own ‘Vintage and Architectural Fair’ at The Old Radiator Company’s showroom in Kent. The fair was held on 11th and 12th July and it was the perfect opportunity to promote the rebranding to Vintage and Architectural. Delicious coffee and cake was offered, together with the interesting range of stock made it a great day for visitors and a number of good sales for us. Some of the beautiful pieces we showcased included French panelled room, original restored ornate beeston radiators, reclaimed flooring, vintage lighting, industrial furniture as well as other stock.
Our last show of the year ended with Arthur Swallow’s Fair at Losely Park on 25th-27th July. It was Arthur Swallow’s first venture to the South of England which proved to be a hit with local exhibitors and visitors. It was fantastic experience meeting and networking with customers and traders. With many unique and interesting items being shown at the fair brought in lots of interest. We displayed a various range of our stock including cast iron radiators, reclaimed Zurich deposit boxes and vintage floor tiles.
The highlight of this year has been the growing success of The Vintage Floor Tile Company. We have built up contacts with original floor tile restorers which has benefited ourselves and our customers with their wealth of knowledge and they appreciate our vast choice of original tiles. We have been told by customers that they have had a positive response from the planners on listed property projects when using original tiles from ourselves to extend and refurbish their existing floor.
Our showroom now houses a great selection of industrial and vintage furniture, with dedicated areas for original radiators, original refurbished French and English bathroom ware and of course our flooring department with reclaimed timber and vintage floor tiles. With tiles sorted and neatly stacked in rows and together with a large layout area, we now have the facility to guide our clients through the process of choosing and designing a floor.
We’ve had a busy year with fairs, auctions, rebranding, new stock, a new wesbite and the showroom and yard have underdone a refurb. We have lots of plans for 2015 so keep an eye out for our next blog for more details!
From the team at Vintage and Architectural, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Remember we’re closed for Christmas on 23rd December from 3pm until 9am on Monday 5th January.