The lovely folks from Old Made have set up shop at the colourful and quirky Love Your Plane on Iffley Road. The number one best thing about this is the all the amazing stuff up for sale and number two, it’s round the corner from my house – oh and did I mention they had free cake?
Pottering around the shop I can only describe it as a ‘bizarre’ the weird and wonderful, the old and new. Items found, reworked and bought from Old Made are mixed in with the pieces from Love Your Plane, and there were lots to discover. The cake, scones and refreshments from Barefoot Kitchen, Jolly Good Tea Company and the Maggie Arms made it feel very homely.
Old Made owners Kate Zakrzewska and Lee Churchill are from Woodstock and told me about how they started their business. (Interesting fact: Lee’s dad is called Winston, as in Winston Churchill, but he assures me there’s no relation!)
Kate said: “We’ve always liked buying things second-hand from charity shops and other places and one day we just ran out of room! We’re not really into upcycling but more about fixing pieces up to enhance its character. A clean and a wax – that’s about it.
We started with a pop up at Relics of Witney, where Lee works, and took it from there really. We’ll be at Love your Plane for the next few weeks and we’d love people to come down and take a look. We hope one day, to have our own shop but for now we quite like the excitement of popping up in different places.”
(Interesting fact: Kate also heads up the O3 Gallery in Oxford – it’s a great little space go and check it out)
Enhancing the character of their ‘old’ finds definitely shines through and Lee pointed out this child’s stool, which still had some staples in the top of it. Lee said: “We decided to leave them in as we liked the idea that some kid made the marks and staples in a science lesson one day – it’s quite fun.”
Love Your Plane owners Josh Rose and Amy Thompson live and breathe the shop. The live above it, re-work and design pieces in the back and run the shop in the front. Josh firstly studied fine art and then re-trained as a furniture maker. He said: “We see the shop more as an open studio and it’s great to have Old Made on board for a few weeks. I don’t particularly have a favourite piece of theirs but I enjoy the way they are displayed on the wall.”
Also, check out Josh’s t-shirt, I loved this.
In a bit of mutual appreciation, I asked Kate what her favourite Love Your Plane item is. She said: “There’s so many but I think I’d have to say these wall hooks, which Josh makes. There made with the off cuts of wood from his pieces and I’m all about recycling and less waste.”
I just loved the space and it has a real community feel. I’d bought the odd card in there before but I’ll definitely be searching out special gifts and pieces from now on. All the pieces are loved and we need to support these local businesses in Oxford – so get down to 247 Iffley Road (behind the bus stop by the Maggie Arms), eat cake and shop!
Here’s some of my fave pieces below, I also picked up a packet of these cute little match boxes.