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Analog Audio

20 september 2017

We have loads of LP records in our house. Some of them we bought ourselves, some were inherited or given to us.

To be fair, we don’t listen to them as often as we’d like. The radio is more convenient, as is the iTunes playlist or even the CD player, which can hold and randomly play 50 CDs (we don’t use a streaming service though, so it’s all still very 90s…).

However, we still like to listen to vinyl every now and then! Especially now that the little lady is getting bigger and we listen together to all my own children’s LPs from the 1980s – audio books, fairy tales and of course good, old Bert & Ernie, it really is timeless.


Because of this, we also really enjoyed restoring and then selling record players in the Etsy shop, but sadly, we decided not to do this anymore – they’re just too fragile to ship halfway around the world.


There is, however, so much left! Of course there’s the good old cassette tape…



… radios, lots of radios…


… and of course all kinds of cool accessories!


We’ve recently been shifting through the record collection and have made quite a rigorous selection – space was really becoming an issue… So everything we have two or more versions of (quite a lot…) or we don’t really like has got to go. Some of it has found its way to the shop, for which I’ve made surprise gift sets. So if you need a present for a vinyl enthusiast, take a look!


On kitchen scissors (and how they’re saving the world)

4 juni 2017


Look at my humble kitchen scissors. They’re nothing special really, and they certainly aren’t pretty.


They were bought before I was born (1980) and came to me when my father passed away in 2010.

So now I use them to cut herbs, cartons, paper, flowers, band-aids and what-not, to punch holes for craft projects, and to slice open stupid packaging that really doesn’t want to be opened. Again, nothing special.


For me, they encompass everything I like about living with vintage. Because really, ‘vintage’ is just a fancy name for ‘useful old stuff’.


It makes life cheaper, because they’re sturdy and last forever – I won’t have to buy new scissors any time soon. Just a little sharpening every now and then and they’re as good as new! Still not pretty of course, but beauty is overrated anyway… πŸ˜‰

By using vintage, you’re doing your bit to save the planet as well; less new stuff has to be made. This may seem small and insignificant, but really, every little bit helps – my red scissors are saving the North Pole as we speak!

And last but not least: every time I use them, the scissors remind me of my dad, of my youth, of our old house and the old kitchen. Using vintage objects makes you literally touch history, as well as giving the reassuring feeling that life always goes on, whatever happens. My dad never knew my daughter, but she’s using the same objects as he did, and in that way, they’re touching each other.

So yes, it’s lovely to own priceless antiques, treasured family heirlooms and endless walls of photo albums – but don’t forget the simple household appliances. Sometimes these humble objects will mean the most.


Bonus: my mum in her brand new, state of the art kitchen, 1971. The scissors lived here for many years πŸ™‚

A bright light

26 april 2017


For the past few months, we’ve been developing a small obsession with vintage lighting here at Maggie Again. We love how lamps come in so many different shapes and sizes, and of course that they’re still so very practical and adaptable to modern-day life. It also helps that they’re still relatively easy to come by.

I think our most popular lamps in the shop are desk lamps, and it’s easy to see why. Most of them have great appeal because of their timelessness – shapes like these are still made today. Also, they make a great gift for men (who are always hard to buy for…)!



Of course, they don’t always come to us in a sellable state… Mr Maggie always rewires them, and sometimes he needs to do some other repairs as well. Yesterday he took these Before and After pictures of a wonderful, ceramic fat lava lamp that had been hanging in an Amsterdam kitchen for a good part of 40 years:

But after some good cleaning the ceramics always look brilliant…!



I also learned a new English word: sconce. Not something I’ll use every day, but still worth knowing πŸ™‚



And then there are these rare gems: crazy shades. It doesn’t get more 70s than this! We even liked this top one so much that we kept it ourselves; it now graces my writing desk.



6. Forget perfection

22 februari 2017

This is number 6 in a series about how to live an easy, practical, #daytodayvintage life! You can find the other posts in this series here.

To be fair, if you like symmetry, straight lines, perfect fits and overall everything being just so… then maybe vintage living is not for you. Because really, there’s always something.

The little plastic pots that come with plants never seem to fit my vintage planters – I know I shouldn’t leave the plants in plastic anyway, but I really can’t be bothered to remove them…


You were looking for three matching items, but only found two, found the perfect table, but it’s 10 cm too long to fit your room, or finally located your dream sofa – but it’s a very distinctive shade of violent yellow.

We use this old printer’s cabinet as a changing table for the little one – even though it’s slightly too high and therefore not very comfortable to use


So vintage living always comes with questions of balance and consideration: is it worth changing our plans, our ideas, our home? Can we use two instead of one? Do we need to change the layout? Should we look further until we find something more suitable? Do we actually love this item or do we just like that it’ll just fit seamlessly for once?

The black chair in which I am sitting this very moment, typing this post. In the background its white twin, for which we don’t really have use or room, so it just… stands there.


So all in all, it never, ever turns out the way you had planned; it’s what I love about building a home with vintage and second hand items. But then I would, because I’m that very rare breed: a non-perfectionist πŸ˜‰

Vintage photos always seem to be too small…


… or too large to fit modern frames


Coffee nostalgia

6 februari 2017

A few years ago, my mum-in-law gave me a big stack of ‘Ariadne’, textile craft magazines from the 60s, 70s and 80s (I wrote about them earlier). As I was leafing through them yesterday (looking for crochet patterns, if you really want to know), I suddenly noticed the advertisements. They provide such a wonderful picture of daily life at the time!

Here’s some vintage technology back when it was brand new:

It’s better to buy a dishwasher then to let your husband do the dishes…


Of course, there were also a few that would cause offence nowadays…

When smoking was still en vogue – and you gotta love that hair!

I still think there’s nothing wrong with this, but some people obviously see it differently…

Some lovely bathroom design…:


And a special shout-out to all the coffee adverts from the late 70s and early 80s – their purpose is to give you a cosy, homely feeling, and they’re still succeeding…!


A good memory

16 januari 2017


A bit of a weird side business in a shop that mostly sells telephones, radios and the like, are memory games. I once found a nice vintage one and put it in the shop, just for fun, and was amazed to find that it sold almost immediately. Now I actually look out for them when I’m buying new stock.


Of course I take care to find games with great retro pictures! While playing memory never gets old (children today love it as much as they did 40 years ago), the cards can also very well be used for crafts, like scrapbooking. But a few months ago a lady from Switzerland bought one of our games because she remembered it from her youth, and now she was planning to play it again with her grandson – one of the times that the story behind a sale was worth so much more than the sale itself…!


My personal favorite: a German memory game to learn about traffic situations – still available in the shop!


American adventures

16 augustus 2016


Sometimes things just work out very well…

Mr Maggie was set to undertake a crazy-but-fun American roadtrip with one of his best friends, starting in Austin, TX and ending in San Jose, CA six days later. A few days before he was about to leave, we received an order for a typewriter – from Austin, TX.

“Haha, you can almost deliver it yourself!” I laughed.

But then we started thinking, and realized that he might indeed deliver it himself. It would be fun of course, but also quicker and even cheaper than sending it through the mail. So I contacted the buyer, Erin, and explained this weird coincidence. We got an enthousiastic and heartwarming response, so a few days later I dropped Mr Maggie and the yellow typewriter on Amsterdam Airport, bound for Texas.


The typewriter was a big hit on the plane; the stewardesses even took pictures with it and placed them on the KLM facebook page!


Waiting for the rest of the luggage at Houston Airport…


And then finally meeting Erin at her job in an Austin pet store! Of course, they immediately exchanged photos of the dogs in their lives…

Erin is a poet and is already using the typewriter for her work – I love it when a vintage item is used on a day to day basis.

It’s great to meet new people and experience friendship in faraway places – and that, people, is what Etsy and the whole internet actually should be about. So spread the vintage love!