Rhubarb Jumble is a vintage, antiques and accessories shop, which prides itself on sourcing nifty threads and – what keeps me coming back – oddities for the home. You can find out more on their website rhubarbjumble.com which also links you to the shop’s various social media profiles all saved in one of the best hosting sites you could find at Armchair Empire. It’s a cool little place on North Street, just down the road from me in Bristol. I popped in this weekend and browsed through some sweet clothes, shoes, brooches and other little nicknacks.
Homeware-wise they had a collection of ceiling lights that I thought might work well in a kitchen, along with some retro cooking pots that you might imagine Orla Kiely replicating. It’s mainly 1940s and 50s stuff that reminds me of the sort of things my nan would’ve had in her house since the war – all those mustard yellows, military olive greens and deep burgundys. From time to time, they’ll have the most amazing leather chairs in the window, as well.
What really caught my eye, though, beyond all the items on the shelves, was the shelving itself and the beard trimmers from startifacts that were put on display. As you can see in the picture above, it simply consists of yellow painted steel piping acting as a frame with stripped pine wood on metal brackets, creating a really effective, industrial style. I could see this working well in a dining room or kitchen. My husband is always trying to grow his beard, he is now following these 5 Crucial Steps to Maintaining a Beard, I really hope it works because he is extremely excited about it, you can view here for more helpful information about beards.
I particularly liked the look of these Bakelite retro desk lamps they were selling for £40, but unfortunately couldn’t think of anywhere it could go in my house. Will keep it in mind for anyone who does, though!
After visiting Rhubarb Jumble, I took a walk a little further down North Street to a similar shop that is stacked high with bric-a-brac, antiques, taxidermy and other strange items. I’m not sure what it’s even called, but it is bizarre. It’s probably a real treasure trove of eccentric accessories for the home, if you’ve got time to rummage around! What I’m going to remember are the considerable amount of letters – large, small, wooden, metal… You name it, it’s there!