I’ve never been to Disneyland but can imagine if I went as a kid, I would get the same excited feeling I get now walking into The Old Flight House.
From upcycled lamps made with gas canisters to opulent honewares to 1950s gowns – it has a vast amount of beautiful things for sale. I wrote about The Old Flight House a while ago and decided to do another post after visiting the place on my week off work.
It’s a warehouse style building with a big open space counter when you walk in. Walls painted white, with light shining through in places. The space is divided up into units, each owned and stocked by different sellers. It’s like visiting 20 or so vintage/interior shops in one go.
When I worked at Emmaus Oxford running its furniture shop, we used to have lots of people doing days out visiting our charity shop in Oxford, Witney Warehouse and then up here near Bicester. When my old colleague and I visited we even spotted some regulars looking around!
There is a mixture of new and old with prices from low to high (and very high!). Themes coming through from this visit was definitely glassware, botanicals and wood. But the joy of this shop is it’s ever changing curated units mean visit by visit there is always some newly styled pieces to get excited about.
On site there is also a cafe, with a kitsch black and white floor. It serves salads, sandwiches, soups and daily specials. It’s reasonably priced with a selection of glass bottle drinks and some alcohol for the more frivolous. I had a chicken, avocado and roasted red pepper sandwich (think it was about £5.45) and a Diet Coke in a glass bottle (which I loved!). I asked to keep the bottle and have put some cuttings from the garden in it. I actually collect vintage Coca Cola memorabilia, so that’s what I was on the hunt for but alas there was none to find on my visit.
For a quiet mid-week morning the cafe was quiet busy and the car park was full. I had a chat with one of the unit owners as they were updating their stock. Yvonne and Les Brown have a antique furniture unit and I told them about my blog and my vintage habit 🙂
There were some lovely stand out bits for the home, here are my fave:
Finally back to my first love, the clothes. There is about 4-5 units with clothes, jewels and accessories in. And a good tip is to check the glass cabinets in the main area as there are some lovely rings and pieces in there.
If you’ve been The Old Flight House let me know – and suggestions of similar places I would love to hear. If you want to follow my shopping and finds catch me on Instagram, I’ve been updating my stories and pics of my finds across Oxfordshire and beyond.