Thursday, 19 December 2013

Reloved at Christmas

  How about a vintage Christmas giving old things a new lease of life?


We are fortunate in Dorset to have some wonderful places to search for vintage treasures and this shop and cafe is another great place to visit. It is called "Reloved", don't you think this is such a good name for a shop selling items from a by-gone age?


As you can see it is jammed packed with so many beautiful items that bring back childhood memories.

Even the Christmas decorations are unique and homemade.
They also have a wonderful tea room, producing tasty homemade items. 


 I had a savoury cream tea- the jam being replaced with chutney and the cream being replaced with cheese , served with cheese scones.  My daughter (who is now home from Uni for Christmas) had a delicious homemade mushroom quiche.

 

It was all served on mis-matched china which just adds to the charm. There have been a few blogging posts comparing local unique cafes with the national chains of coffee shops. Which type do you seek out?

If you ever visiting Dorset there is the chance of visiting "Reloved" twice as they have shops in both Wareham,  where we visited, or in Dorchester(see below.)


We will have some presents under our Christmas tree that have had a previous life and will be reloved.

Sarah x

36 comments:

  1. Oh Sarah! I love "relove"! That is exactly what I am into! I do not like the worldwide chains of whatever and I am definitely a fan of unique! By the way I have never been to St..bu.. if you know what I mean! If I ever (and I do hope that will be soon!) come to Dorset I definitely will visit! Thank so very much for this charming post! CHrista

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  2. lots of our pressies will be reloved! We've been to the Dorchester shop ... love it! m x

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  3. I adore browsing and bringing things home from shops like these !

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  4. What a wonderful place, a treasure trove indeed. I always try and support independent cafes rather than chains. I like places that are a little different and where I don't know exactly what I will find inside. Most of all, I like cafes that sell secondhand books. Bliss.

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  5. One of my favourite places to eat is just like this. I avoid chain coffee shops like the plague.

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  6. Ooooh Sarah What a wonderful shop full of festive cheer and treasures, I could sit there enjoying tea and delights
    Happy Winter Wishes
    Thea xx

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  7. How wonderful. I wish we had more places like this where I live.

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  8. Good evening Sarah! I saw that you had a new post while I was on my phone, but wanted to come here via the comfort of my home.

    How I adore this name: RELOVED. Sometimes I see items that someone took hours to craft sitting in a second hand shop, and it breaks my heart. Who knows why these things are given away, but to salvage something is a very powerful thing to do, especially when it's about people or animals!

    I love the idea of a savoury cream tea and those quiches look marvelous! HAPPY CHRISTMAS! Anita

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  9. Now you're talking! This is exactly the kind of place I'd choose for a nice cup of tea, not to mention the reloved items. The more local, the better is my motto in everything.

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  10. Great name for the shop, and I love the idea of the savoury cream tea! Happy Christmas. xx

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  11. Looks like a great place to look around.

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  12. I love places like that !
    I avoid chain cafes but the kids like them ( for a hot chocolate stop while waiting for the bus home from college. They are very pleased when their loyalty card is filled up & they get one free ! )

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  13. I'd choose a local independent tea shop over a corporate machine every time!

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  14. While I have been known to visit chain coffee/tea shops,Sarah, I have several local shops that are unique as your Reloved shop is.and I consider it a special treat to visit them. One of the shops I go to is named Chariteas. The owner's name is Charity :) I'm glad you and your daughter had a lovely tea and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas! xx

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  15. I'm all for recycling and don't understand the fuss people make about recycling presents- if you are given something that isn't right for you but is perfect for someone else why wouldn't you pass it on? Hope all the preparations are going well? All more or less sorted here x

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  16. Looks a magic place, i love it :)
    Hugs
    Nina

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  17. Reloved looks like an Aladdin's Cave of fascinating, vintage items. I would always choose an independent tea shop or cafe. I can honestly say that I never even go to the large chain coffee shops.
    Have a lovely Christmas!

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  18. I love rummaging through secondhand shops; just this week I found a lovely pressed glass pot/vase and some silver spoons which came home with me. I must remember Reloved for when we next visit Dorset. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Pj x

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  19. I'm looking for an excuse to back to Dorchester and get out of the car this time instead of driving through! So this shop will do perfectly-looks lovely. It's easy to stick with what you know but so worth while visiting independent shops/cafes instead. We try very hard to support these rather than the chains.

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  20. What a cool looking shop and café- Love the idea of a savoury tea:)

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  21. Hi Sarah, what a lovely shop, I could definitely spend a few hours in there picking up every single item and enjoying it immensely...and I love how they have a tea shop attached as well! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas together! Hope you get lots of time to visit vintage shops along the way! Sharon xx

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  22. Oh yes - definitely my kind of shop - I could lose myself in there for hours.

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  23. Would love to pay that shop a visit. Any sofas at all?

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  24. Dear Sarah,

    This is just the sort of shop I love too! Wish I lived closer by :-)! Such fun having a day out with your daughter. I will follow your example next week.

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

    Madelief x

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  25. There are some lovely cafes and tea rooms in West Cornwall. I would always choose them over a Starbucks or a Costa. I have stared at your photosof Reloved and spotted a couple of treasures I'd love to have. There is a display cabinet that I am coveting!

    Have a lovely Christmas!

    Leanne xx

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  26. I could spend a long time in that shop!

    My son lives not far from Wareham so I will look for Reloved when we next go down there.

    Have a lovely Christmas with your daughter at home.

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  27. Lovely shop Sarah, and really great name.
    We have been over to my youngest sons house today for a christmas get together as they are heading off to France for the holiday. H and I called in at a cafe on the way there and we too indulged ourselves with a cheese scone, hot from the oven, they are my favourite.

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  28. Hello Sarah,
    What a sweet little tree. I love the old fashion tinsel trees. I have not done much decorating for this year. I have been under the weather for a few weeks, on the mends now. I just wanted to wish you and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Blessings,
    Bobbie Lynn

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  29. You are so fortunate to have such great shops near you! The cream tea looks like it was wonderful, and no doubt made more so by the fact you were able to share it with your daughter. Merry Christmas to you and your family, including Daisy of course!

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  30. A wonderful idea for christmas gifts.. sitting with your tea and mince pies..you will have so much to talk about.. where they came from and who used them and how , and so on.
    I have a good friend in S.A.. she does the same .
    lovely post Sarah.
    Thank you for being a constant friend this year through our blogsphere. Thank you for all your kind comments. I wish you and your family a most blessed happy christmas..
    god bless. val x x x x

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  31. A lovely post here. I wouldnt mind vintage treasures as gifts. That shop looks amazing and its a fab name for a shop.

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  32. What an amazing shop--so much to take in-- and a cafe too, that's my sort of place.

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  33. I like the idea of Vintage Christmas Sarah! How nice of you :) Thank you so much my dear for voting for me at the expats blog awards . Much love and hugs your way :)

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  34. Sarah - what a charming shop. I saw so many treasures that I would enjoy seeing up close. I like using mis-matched china and prefer anything local whether coffee or shopping to local rather than large chain retail, I wish you and your family a joyous and Merry Christmas. xo Kim

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