WHY VINTAGE ?
I have always been on a bit of a mission to 'rescue' old, pre-loved things and over the years I have amassed a large and eclectic mix of antique and vintage home wares, kitchenalia, collectables, toys and games, jewellery, books and curios, as well as individual pieces of furniture. What started as a hobby developed into me selling select pieces via auctions and directly to dealers, and has evolved into my on-line store, Retrotrace Vintage.
I love nothing better than the thrill of the auction room or browsing at antique and vintage fairs, and enjoy researching my new finds.
I believe that purchasing old, pre-loved items is environmentally friendly and helps to reduce the strain on landfill sites. By re-using, re-loving and recycling we are not only preserving treasures from the past, but also investing in our future.
WHY 'RETROTRACE' VINTAGE ?
Very fashionable and trendy in the sixties, my name Tracey is now considered 'retro'! Often shortened to 'Trace' by family and friends, I decided to incorporate it into my store name 'Retro Trace Vintage'- or R.T.V. for short.
After an eleven-year career as a Recruitment Consultant and employment agency Manager, followed by several years of freelance work when my two children were growing up, and a three-year stint living abroad in our home in the eastern Mediterranean, I am now happily settled back in my home town of Cheltenham.
When not out treasure hunting at auctions or fairs, I am a keen amateur photographer and can often be found wandering aimlessly around taking photos of flowers, trees, landscapes and 'interesting' doors/windows and buildings! I am also an avid reader and have built a large library of literature and reference books over the years including a small collection of modern first editions.