Who are we? If you want a deep philosophical answer you have come to the wrong place.
We are two people who survived 3 burglaries in 5 years, the last 2 within 2 weeks of each other. What has this do with a couple of people selling vintage and mid-century Scandinavian well the last 2 burglaries started us on a journey which led us, after a few leafy lanes and rabbit holes, to start Lynways.
When we were trying to replace the items stolen to feed someone’s drug habit it occurred to us that most of the “things” we had to replace had a story that could never be replaced; also that we (the human race) had already invested a lot of energy and material in creating the same or similar things.
This led us to two conclusions: if we were to buy new it should be an individual piece produced by hand; if not new then pre-owned with little impact on the environment. This meant for us that we would consume less precious resources and dump less in landfill.
In the course of buying pre-owned items we ended up at Auctions where you want 1 item and end up with 6. So we did what a lot of people do sell the excess, unlike a lot of people we chose Antique and Collectable Fairs rather than eBay or one of the other online sites.
Having started with one day fairs in the South West we quickly spread our wings to do multi-day fairs around the country.
There is a lot of hard work in putting together a stand at a fair but we have met some wonderful people over the years both dealers and customers some of whom we now count as friends.
We decided in 2015 to specialise in Scandinavian and so began the road trips.
Through contacts at Art and Antiques for Everyone at the NEC, we have been featured in several publications in the UK and Europe along with providing information for the Millers Guides.
Lyn and I have differing points of view when it comes to the stock Lyn loves the aesthetics of a piece whereas for me it is about technique as much as anything, especially with the glass.
If you do meet us at a fair a small query can lead to a long answer if we get into our stride, we are very passionate about our stock.
Lyn & Wayne