Reclaimed Letters | Competition | London | Vintage Matters


As I am sure you all aware we have a thing for letters!

We personally, have been collecting vintage, reclaimed and salvaged letters ourselves for years and then we started reconditioning them to sell at Vintage Matters. As I’m sure you can imagine our collection just keeps growing, as we can’t resist a bit of beautiful or unusual type.

We source our letters globally, which gives us a fantastic variety – from illuminated to non-illuminated and in a variety of materials, from metal to wood to resin.

Like so many of our products we wonder what life they had previously and how they were used – most are reclaimed from shop fronts, pubs, railways and demolished buildings.

We love to know the provenance of our letters – some you instantly recognise like the red T.G.I Friday ones above and some stunning Mercedes Benz letters that have just come in.

Sometimes we just hit a blank though, like we did when we found a number of blue and yellow letters at a market – then in a light bulb moment, realised they were from Blockbuster Video stores!

We still have some of these letters available at

Mostly we have our letters for purely decorative purposes, lovingly scattered around our home, but they can also be used for branding or signage in bars, cafes, pubs, retail stores, offices etc., both inside and out, to make a real statement.

The image below shows a mix of vintage letters and letter lights that we sprayed red, for a commercial project, showing the company’s name in their reception area.

Some of our favourite reclaimed letters we stock are these amazing large illuminated ones that we get from the US – everything just seems bigger and bolder from there!

When they arrive though,  they certainly need some serious tender love and care. Most of them would have been exterior signage, so have been out in the elements for most of their lives, which gives them great character and also means they need some work before we can get them online.

When they arrive with us, the first job is taking them apart and giving them a good clean. Even though we are aware they have been used outside, we are still amazed by the amount of dirt and tumble weed that has collected inside – maybe they were formally lighting up the strip in Vegas?!

When we open the channel letters for cleaning, we strip out all the old glass neon tubes and wiring, which is not a particularly fun job, but very necessary.

In order to return them to their former glory and for them to be electrically safe, we recondition them with new LED’s and a UK 3-pin plug.

This has taken a certain amount of practice to get the lighting correct and also takes a fair amount of patience, fixing the LED’s around all the serifs and bends that our letters tend to have. Once we have wired them up and checked we have a good even glow, they are ready for photography, though sometimes we have to cut new light omitting acrylic fronts, if they have too many marks or cracks and replace any trims that are too worn.

It’s always a fine balance with vintage pieces, just how many character marks we allow before replacing or cleaning it up. We one have one simple rule or question that we ask ourselves –  would we be happy buying that piece and having it in our house? If the answer is “yes”, then it is good to photograph and get online to find a new home.

Our letters look fantastic hung on a wall or on a book shelf and make for an amazing personal gift for someone, or start collecting your initials.

We have a huge amount of reclaimed and salvaged letters that are coming online so keep a look out, or contact [email protected] if you are looking for a specific letter.

This week sees the start of a competition, in collaboration with our friends at Warehouse Home, where you can win  one of our salvaged letters*, simply by logging on to Twitter, retweeting the competition and following both @mywarehousehome and @vintagematters for a chance to win a letter of your choice that we have online.

You can also follow us on Instagram as @vintagemattersuk or our new feed, which is for fans of fonts and typography, where we have branded ourselves @thelettermenuk !

Good luck in the competition!

* the competition is to win one of our salvaged letters from a shop front or pub and does not include our letter lights

Gifts for Him


Gifts For Him Christmas 2016


We hope you are having a good Sunday and enjoying the amazing Winter sunshine we have today!

If you are looking for a unique gift for that special man in your life, then have a look at some of our favourite ideas below.

Large Vintage Silverplate Cocktail Shaker

We have a great selection of vintage silverplate barware, like this handsome cocktail shaker, originally from the USA.



ginat vintage wall map of europe

For the intrepid traveller, what about this giant vintage wall map of Europe, which is a real statement piece and sure to be a conversation starter in any room or office?

Made in Germany in the 1960’s, this original geographical vintage wall map, at over 2 metres high, is printed on high quality paper and then backed with canvas.

We have other vintage wall maps of Africa, India, South America and the Middle East available.


Vintage Green Jielde Desk Lamp

This would make a fantastic gift for the man in your life – a classic vintage Jielde desk lamp, from the 1950’s where it was used in a factory as a work lamp.

The Jielde lamp is an iconic French industrial piece.


Vintage Matters Reclaimed Letters Page

How about a really thoughtful, personal gift, with one of our vintage initials or letter lights?

These reclaimed letters have been salvaged from shop fronts and pubs from across the globe.

Prices range from £20 – £180 dependent on the size

Milton Brooke Extra Large Mortar & Pestle

The only mortar & pestle you will ever need!

Made in Stoke on Trent, by Milton Brook who were established over 150 years ago, this vitrified porcelain mortar & pestle, with a handy pour spout, is incredibly strong, with a very dense structural base for easy crushing and grinding of herbs and spices, to extract maximum flavour.

This high quality mortar & pestle has been used for decades by professional chefs and home cooks alike.

£16 (small)  £29 (extra large)


These unique framed vintage prints of boxwood rules are taken from the I & D Smallwood Ruler Catalogue, circa 1912 and mounted on acid-free board, with a simple wooden black frame.

Only £60

Vintage American Fire Extinguisher Brass

This one-off, vintage American fire extinguisher is made from highly polished solid copper and features a brass plate around the exterior with instructions engraved on and was likely to have been made in 1930’s – 1940’s.


Vintage Silverplate Champagne Bucket

Our vintage silverplate champagne cooler featuring the classic gadroon edging pattern, is perfect for chilling bottles of Champagne or wine this holiday season.


We hope you have enjoyed looking at our “Gifts for Him” selection!

We will have a number of unique, one-off gifts at our next pop up event at West Elm, Tottenham Court Road, London, from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th, if you want to come and have a look in person.

Happy Christmas shopping!

Gifts for Her


Christmas Blog

Here are our top favourite gift ideas for that special female in your life, whether it be your Mum, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Cousin, Aunt, Neice or your BFF!

Scented Candle in glass jar

Great value at only £20, these amazing scented candles are hand made in the UK, using the finest ingredients and have a long burn time of 40 hours.

Choose from one of three fragrances:

No. 1  Green Fig   –   No. 2  Green Tea & Passion Fruit  –   No. 3  Pomegranate

Vintage Glass Pickling Jar Terrarium

These vintage pickling jars from Eastern Europe make fantastic indoor terrariums, when planted up, or they could be used as a pillar candle holder also.

Available in 3 sizes – pricing from £30

Aged Copper Photograph Frame

This simple but striking, copper frames with an aged finish, have been hand-welded by skilled artisans in India.

These frames with a glass front and back, are perfect for displaying photographs, drawings, or mementos and are available in three sizes.

Create an original gift, with a keepsake or memento of something that you have done together!

Great pricing on our frames from only £14

Vintage Matters Reclaimed Letters Page

How about a really thoughtful, personal gift, with one of our vintage initials or letter lights?

These reclaimed letters have been salvaged from shop fronts and pubs from across the globe.

Prices range from £20 – £180 dependent on the size

Vintage Oversized Green Glass Bottle

Our vintage oversized green glass bottles, originally used for fermenting wine or apple juice are hugely popular.

They make a stunning decorative piece in a room, either empty, or with a single stem of foliage in, to create a real impact.

Prices from £65

Agd Copper Keepsake Storage Boxes

These glass and copper keepsake boxes, are hand-crafted and each piece is individually welded together.

These practical and stylish decorative storage boxes, can be used to hold a variety of small items, from stationary items in the office, to jewellery, keepsakes and momentos.

Prices start from only £18

ceramic white gluggle jug Wade

Our ceramic white Gluggle Jug, was originally made back in the 1870’s!

When filled with liquid, air is trapped in the fish’s tail and as the liquid is poured out again, the air is gradually released and produces a surprisingly loud gurgling or ‘gluggling’ sound, which makes for a great conversation piece at the dinner table or at parties.

This versatile ceramic white Gluggle Jug can be used for water or wine, to hold utensils, or as a vase.


Silverplate Candlesticks

Our vintage silverplate candlesticks and candelabra would make a lovely gift for someone who loves to entertain.

At Vintage Matters, we like to mix different styles and sizes of candle holders together, to form an interesting, eclectic collection!

Prices from only £28

We hope that this has inspired you to think of something a little unusual, whilst looking for that “Gift for Her”.

Don’t worry – “Gifts for Him” will be out this Sunday!

For those of you who may be in London next week, we will be back at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road for another pop up event, from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th, where we will have a number of unique gifts available to buy.

Happy Christmas shopping!

Christmas Shopping at Vintage Matters


December 1st has now passed, so it is officially time to start your Christmas shopping!

We would like to share with you our latest unique, one-off vintage pieces that we have found at the various antique markets, along with some new homeware, which would make ideal Christmas gifts.

Here is a view of part of our new homepage, featuring a wide selection of our vintage gifts, to whet your appetite…

Vintage Matters New Home Page Gifts

We recently changed the layout of our website, making it easier to browse and shop.

All our latest finds are now featured on our homepage, or you can view through four categories:


Vintage Matters Homeware Page
Vintage Matters Furniture Page
Vintage Matters Accessories Page Gifts
Vintage Matters Reclaimed Letters Page

We have hundreds of gift ideas online and hope that you can find that unique, personal gift for your family and friends.

For those of you who may be in London later in December, we will be back at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road for another pop up event, from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th.

Happy Christmas shopping!

Vintage Matters – One Year On!


Here we are – October 2016 – one year on from our online launch and first pop up at West Elm, London!

What an amazing year it has been and we thought we would share some of the many highlights.

We have travelled far and wide searching for unique pieces to bring to your home or workplace and met many amazing people along the way, who are all as passionate about vintage, as we are.

Vintage Matters

West Elm have kindly hosted 5 pop up events for us, which have been extremely successful, giving us great brand exposure on Tottenham Court Road in London and we now have customers returning to see what new finds we have.

Among the many pieces we have sold there, one was a scientific instrument that a gentleman bought to train his performing fleas on…

And just last week, someone bought a lovely cast iron window mirror for the garden, solely for the use by William – the pet peacock!

We are back at West Elm for a Christmas pop up event, 16th -18th December.

West Elm Pop Up

Our vintage letters and letter lights continue to be hugely popular, as people really connect with them. We have over 100 letters in stock and more on the way.

If you are after a specific letter, drop us an email at [email protected] and we can send images, costs and dimensions of those that are currently being reconditioned, that are not yet online.


Reclaimed Vintage Letters

Vintage Matters has been featured in The MetroWarehouse HomeReclaim Magazine and in various blogs.

In April 2016, we were delighted to have our home featured in “25 Beautiful Homes”, which has become an ever evolving showcase of product for Vintage Matters.

You can read the article via the following link:

25 Beautiful Homes

We have been active in the commercial sector too, including a brief to supply vintage pieces of furniture and accessories to a new office in Old Street, London, which resulted in a great feature in INEX Magazine.

Vintage Matters Ciommercial

Furniture and accessories have been supplied to prestigious brands like Le Labo Fragrances , Shinola through Michael Veal Design and Hawksmoor Restaurant, as well as a number of props for the current TV show,”Taskmaster“.

Le Labo Fragrances

We have been busy posting and tweeting on various social media channels and now have over 700 followers on Instagram and over 500 on Twitter, along with a growing presence on Facebook, Pinterest and G+

Follow us on any of the above channels, to see what new stock we have coming in and where we are on our travels.

Our mailing list is growing rapidly too and you can sign up quickly and easily on our home page.

Currently, we are searching for a retail space in South East London, to open our first store which we are very excited about and we are out in the markets sourcing some special pieces for Christmas.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all our customers and followers for your support and we look forward to an exciting year ahead!

[email protected]