Tea(Cup)Cake is a Breda, The Netherlands-based vintage store, (cup)cake bakery and English tea room run by Katelijn, an old-fashioned girl at heart but yet firmly rooted in the modern world. Loving all things vintage, opening an (Etsy) shop was in fact inevitable but she's loving it even more than she'd ever expected!
1. How did you get into vintage? When I was a little girl, I admired the homes of my grandparents. To me their furniture was old and romantic, to them it was problably still modern, bought when they got married. It reminded me of days gone by and made me wonder about the – happy and sad – events that happened. My maternal grandparents lived in a slightly colonial interior and my parental grandparents had a mix between pre-war and what we would now call mid century modern furniture. My parents have a home that has a Scandinavian feel to it and they have always collected vintage items: porcelain and ceramics, glassware, toys. If it's beautiful and gives you that certain je-ne-sais-quoi-feeling, it might very well end up in one of their collections. So it was virtually impossible for me not to end up loving all things vintage. I've been surrounded by them for so long. After considering for a brief moment a career as an archeologist, I decided to train as a social worker. I started working with elderly people and I loved their life stories. Around the same time I started to visit trift shops, flea markets on my own. Here I found items that so often played a role in the stories of those days gone by. I love to fantasise about who has used those items and when and what for. Did they have to save for it or was it a wedding present? You can often see that those items were loved and well taken care of. I like to give these items a second life, they deserve it! When we keep using them, we keep the stories alive.
2. What has been your favourite vintage find/s? Last year I found a Rörstand Picknick bowl. It sold in a snap and I still regret that it's gone. I'm also very happy with the large sideboard with art deco details that has pride of place in my living room. It's great for displaying vintage finds and has a lot of storage space. And of course every beautiful teacup that I find is a favourite.
3. How did you come up with your shop´s concept // what inspired you? When my husband and I bought our house and merged our seperate households, it turned out I had amassed a large collection of vintage finds over the years. I didn't want to keep those lovely things all to myself and wondered about a way to give as many people an opportunity to buy them from me. At a MadeBy Meeting at Feito com Amor (in Breda, where I live) I heard about Etsy. I did some research and decided to give it a try. There isn't a particular style or era that I favourite above all others, I have a very eclectic taste. I think my shop reflects that. I like it that there's something for everyone. I also have a small tea room, all very English with beautiful porcelain and war-era or earlier furniture and a few items from the Fifties.
4. Do you think vintage is coming becoming mainstream - or is it already in your opinion? I can hardly imagine that it won't become mainstream as I love vintage so much but I still hear people say: No, you really like that old junk? But I do think and hope that with the growing awareness of the need for recycling and sustainable living more people will consider repairing household goods or – if that isn't possible – buy vintage or at least secondhand items.
5. What is it about etsy? Etsy is easy to use but it isn't plain nor simple. It's diverse, classy and different everyday. You can depend on the Etsy securities, staff and other sellers. I enjoy the sense of community on Etsy and the opportunity to meet and connect with people from all over the world. I even have a real old fashioned penpal (Hi, Nick!) thanks to Etsy. I love to make people happy and for me to be able to combine that with vintage is almost heaven!
Tune of the day: 'Moonlight Serenade' by Glenn Miller
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