At the insistence of my seriously lazy body and my seriously serious doctor, I’ve been pushing myself to be a lot more active lately. On top of getting to the gym more and rocking Kayla’s Bikini Body at home (guys, she’s amazing) I’ve started walking a lot more, which has been so great. Considering how many of the places I need to go are actually so close by, it’s insane how much I just drive places. Its been so lovely to be outside and in the sunshine (especially on the impending Joburg winter days) and it gives me a chance to get out of my flat (AKA my office) for a bit. The other awesome thing about walking more is that I’m discovering places that I’d just driven past before, and I’m actually finding new spots to fall in love with. One of these amazing places in Retrend.
I’d actually come into contact with Retrend before, but hadn’t realised because they were formerly called Bibi’s Antiques, and were located in a different Linden spot altogether. The shop is truly wonderful – you can’t bring yourself to walk past without going in, believe me. Retrend is your classic antique furniture store, but specialising in mid-century modern and retro living. That means they’ve got all the beautiful pieces from the 50’s, 60’s, and so forth that you’ve been drooling over on Mad Men. Expect beautiful wooden cabinets and sideboards, incredible classic dressing tables, and a funky selection of chairs and armchairs.
One of the best things about Retrend is that they’re constantly sourcing things, so in the three times I’ve been in there over the last 2 weeks (like I said, it’s that amazing) there have been new things to fall in love with each time. Larushka, the amazing brain behind Retrend, is always looking for new pieces and sourcing new stuff to fill the shop, and it’s incredible how fast things get snatched up, but not surprising. There are countless things that I’ve wanted to pick up and put straight into my house, from the colourful vintage wine glasses to the amazing Radiograms.
I also discovered that Retrend offer reupholstery services, so you can transform your old granny armchairs (love the shape, but hate the gross fabric?) into something brand new that still has it’s old-school charm. We inherited some beautiful occasional chairs, and I can’t wait to chat with Larushka about fixing them up with me.
The other incredible thing about Retrend is that it’s exceptionally reasonable, which is super unusual for an antiques shop. Rather than finding unloved pieces and charging you ridiculous amounts for them, the team at Retrend is all about picking unusual pieces and making them available to retro-lovers at prices that we can actually afford.
If you love furniture, or antiques, or retro things, or even just pretty things, I’d seriously recommend stopping in at Retrend sometime soon. As new little homemakers, it’s inspiring so much of our decor, and I think you’ll love it. Also do yourself a favour and follow them on Facebook and Instagram – they upload pics of new things when they arrive at the store, so it’s an awesome way to spot things you love before someone else snatches them up.
Here’s a little side table that we got for our entrance hall, complete with bad-ass crystal ashtray/changetray. I love it!
Shop 2, 64, 6th Street, Linden