Yes, we have one! Im sure alot of you didnt know this, but then again alot of you probably did (if not, its at the bottom of our website, next door neighbors with 'Press' and 'Feed', and can be found by clicking here). Wishlists are a tricky one on the vast Interweb; a great deal of sites have wishlists and never actually get around to responding to those looking  items, even when they become available. Not so with us at the Old Cinema! We check the wishlist daily, and the dealers in the shop check regularly as well in case they get that very item you are after.Unless someone stops in the shop and buys something that has barely touched the shop floor, people on the wishlist always get contacted first. Good news huh?

'But Adam,' I hear you cry, 'Ive been waiting for that -insert item here- for 6 months, and nobody has replied yet! Whats that all about?!?'



To be honest, chances are we wont find it.

We get about 10-20 requests per week and we DO read and research all of them. Sometimes it will take a couple of days to find it, sometimes a couple of months. However, it should be noted that there is no magic genie at the end of the wishlist. We won't always be able to find that 24 drawer haberdashers cabinet in black with a Banksy artwork on the side, or a desk that needs to be exactly 98.76435mm wide, in burr walnut.

Other wishes like 'painted furniture' are impossible to respond to since we carry so much of it. Better to come in the shop and browse, or have a chat with me or one of the other pros, Will or Paul. We can get custom painted furniture made up for you!We occassionally get designer original furniture in too, but the rarer it is, the longer you may end up waiting.


There are more easily sourced items than others, and Ive made a brief list of those things (however, this list is not exhaustive). We are able to find these pretty regularly and are worth asking for on the wishlist (but by all means, do not limit yourself to these things!):

Haberdashers cabinets/Shopfitters Cabinets:
Everyone asks for these, and sell at least one or two a month. They are in the shop quite regularly and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.


Polished Steel Desks/Storage Units:
Again, there is almost always at least one in the shop. We can help find a single or twin pedestal, steel top or leather/lino top. Wishlist that bad boy.


Ercol:
A regular feature in our shop, currently. A word of warning though, Ercol is getting rarer since the Japanese are buying it up in container loads. Still worth asking about that room divider or drop leaf table.


Leather Club Chairs: 
If you are looking for an original 1940s French job, get in touch! A standard feature in the shop, we can find them in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. If you are looking for reproduction, we can get those too. 

American Goods: 
The best time to look is at the end of May, and the end of September. Thats when the head honcho returns from the other side of the pond with heaps of treats to dig through.


G-Plan/Danish 60s-70s:
This furniture is easily sourced and I can almost guarantee you that we will have that 70s McIntosh sideboard you were after. If not, the wait time to get one currently is short. 



Be realistic about what you are searching for, and chances are, we will come up trumps for you.

Renewal!

With Valentines day put to bed, most of us are now thinking about getting through the rest of the month and into March, when the first of two glorious seasons greets us... Spring. Surprisingly, we have had two sunny days in one week! I actually got the bicycle out and took it for a ride to the post office. Detroit, Michigan (where Im from), is not faring any better, believe me. Snow and mud mixed together is never a good thing.

Anyway, with Spring comes renewal, plants and trees and humans all come out of hibernation (and stop watching 90s VanDamme films like Time Cop and Bloodsport...is that only me?), and The OC is doing a bit of its own renewal. As many of you know, the Old Cinema is constantly evolving and changing. We love to experiment with new themes and ideas, but to do that, you've got to have a good looking shop to go along with it. During the past few weeks, we have freshened up some of the rooms on the ground and first floors. We have put up some new walls on the ground floor, new flooring on the first floor (yep, most of the red carpet is now gone), and a fresh coat of paint on both!

Have a look at the photos and let me know what you think (you can click on the images to make them bigger)!




-Adam

     Hello again! I hope youre settled in with a nice cuppa' something hot and ready for a new blog from your local Yankee, and as always, its a solid one. Much to talk about, so lets get on with it!



     Its cold, its February, and that greeting card holiday is once again upon us: Valentines Day.  Whether you are single, dating, chained down, or in one heck of a complicated mess, we all get sucked in to V-Day and its crappy chocolates and overpriced roses, and I have to say it was much better when I was younger. I used to go to school, make a paper envelope for the side of my desk and get Mickey Mouse valentines day cards and free sweets... er... candy dropped in the envelope, no strings attached (except that 3 day relationship with Kim in the 4th grade, that was ROUGH going). These days I like to keep it mellow with some Chinese takeaway and a good episode of Mad Men (please tell me you've seen every episode, if not get on it quick).

     However, if you like to be a grand Romeo to your Juliet, the Old Cinema has got you covered like a duck down duvet. If you subscribe to our weekly updates, you have seen the wonderous items we have for Valentines day, and Ive got some to share myself.

     First of all, we've got the 'LOL' letters up on the first floor. Taken from a giant sign that definitely did not spell out 'LOL' in France, one of our dealers has acquired them and had them rewired with new parts. Each one is about a metre tall and would look great up on your wall when you shower the one you care about most with Lots Of Love. Aww.


    On the more delicate (and time consuming!) end of things, we have approximately 5 artworks in the shop by local artist Kim Clayton Jones. Each one is based around the theme of love and hearts while remaining thoroughly classy and elegant. These are all limited editions, and cut entirely by hand. Have a look at the detail on them!



 

  

  

  

  

  

  

Whilst Im on the subject of art, The Old Cinema will be hosting an exhibition of the artwork of Suz Hartman, scheduled to take place in the spring. I will keep you posted regarding further updates as they allow, in the meantime have a look at her artwork at her website:


 

Hope to see you in the shop soon (no doubt at 5:30pm on the 13th... kidding)! 

-Yankee Adam

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