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Breathing new life into unwanted farm goods with shabby chic revolution

With the rise in popularity of ’shabby chic’ furniture, Farmers Guardian visited Silverwoods Auctioneers in Lancashire to see which old farm artefacts are in demand.


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How shabby chic revolution can breathe new life into unwanted farm goods

Most farms will have unwanted items hanging around that now serve no purpose.

 

If the farm has been in the same family for a long time and the size of the infrastructure has increased, old buildings often become dumping grounds for artefacts from the past.

 

But the rise in ’shabby chic’ decor in recent years means these implements are being given a new lease of life as decorative items for homes, gardens and also gastropubs across the country.

 

Farmers Guardian went along to a recent ’rural bygones’ sale at Silverwoods Auctioneers, Lancashire, and found an array of items suitable for those with a keen eye for design and which could make buyer and seller very happy.


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Flat irons

Flat irons

 

With some love and care, these flat irons could look nice on the Aga or as bookends.

 

Sold for £3

Double drinking bowls

Double drinking bowls

 

Resprayed, these could be used as quirky key holders.

 

Sold for £25

Drinking bowls

Drinking bowls

 

With some depth about them, these could be bolted to outside walls and used as planters. Or dog drinking bowls.

 

Sold for £28

Fiddle drill

Fiddle drill

 

If the house is big enough, this would make a colourful addition to a hallway and talking point.

 

Sold for £65

Stone troughs

Stone troughs

 

Ideal outdoor recepticals for bedding plants.

 

They average about £80

Royal typewriter

Royal typewriter

 

Sold for £2, but restored they are shifting for more than £50 online

Gascone milking cluster

Gascone milking cluster

 

Dual purpose, the bucket can be used as a stick stand.

 

The cluster could be converted into a lighting attachment.

 

Sold for £20

Horse drawn plough

Horse drawn plough

 

A must for any large garden.

 

Sold for £30

Hand tools

Hand tools

 

Quirky decorative items for the home.

 

Sold for £70

Brass horse hames

Brass horse hames

 

A real talking point, these could hang on the wall.

 

They trotted to a price of £110

Golden plovers

Golden plovers

 

From a less PC time, these golden plovers could look well in a large window.

 

£90

Horse shoe welly stand

Horse shoe welly stand

 

Useful from a practical and ornamental standpoint.

 

A bargain at £18

Metal weights

Metal weights

 

Handy for around the home.

 

£18

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