Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

For a Touch of Yesteryear; Katie Makes It Her Business to Breathe New Life into Old Wares

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

For a Touch of Yesteryear; Katie Makes It Her Business to Breathe New Life into Old Wares

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Byline: Georja Ryan Reporter

IT WAS a petite tea cup and saucer, painted in gold flecks and made of antique china, that hooked a then nine-year-old Katie Craymer on everything vintage.

Every week she would put aside her pocket money so she could save up enough pennies to buy the stunning set in the window of Warwick Old Wares.

When the day came to take home her new tea cup that wasnat so new, and after Dad pitched in the remaining $12, Katie knew it was the start of a lifelong relationship with the old, the unique and the inside of many an op shop.

Fifteen years later, Katie has taken to sharing her love of vintage with the rest of us and, in February, started up her own business, Sour Apple Vintage.

Still in its early stages, Katie operates SAV via Facebook, and has high aspirations for its future.

Flicking through the catalogue on her Facebook page, youare beckoned into a realm of bizarre 1960s dresses, stunning cake stands made from old plates, gorgeous jewellery handcrafted from buttons who-knows-how-old, and garments to make your jaw drop.

aIam all about recycling and up-cycling,a Katie said.

aSomething might not have value by itself but, if you make something out of it...a

With a passion for the vintage flavour and an eye for detail, Katie sources most of her stock from second-hand shops.

aI never buy anything new,a she said.

aI like the whole idea of giving stuff a new life.a

From a simple china plate to a masterpiece youad expect to see on the set of Breakfast at Tiffanyas, Katie said it was about noticing what was junk and what was gold.

aYouave just got to have the eye for it and be able to see what you can make from it,a she said.

aYou can pay between 20c and $5 for a boring plate, but make something out of them, and I sell my two-tiered cake plates for $29 and my three-tiered for $39.a

And winding back the clock a few decades isnat just a career choice.

Inside Katieas home, revamped furniture skirts the walls, flirting with you to touch and ask about their story.

And thatas just why Katie loves old things so much: Every item has its very own story. …

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