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post : 2020.10.25 07:00
The shop, "Vintage Yard" deals with antique miscellaneous goods, tableware, clothes, and furniture with a comfortably calming air that you simply can’t find in brand new products.
The owner, Chikako Maeda, developed an interest in antiques influenced by her sister-in-law who lives in England, and in 2008, she opened a shop in a residential area of Ginowan. “My sister-in-law invited me to open a shop together, and that’s how I decided,” says Maeda-san.
Maeda-san goes on her buying trip to England once a year, not looking for brand-name products, but visits the local antique markets and finds tasteful pieces that look to have been cherished and used for decades.
In England, I learned, there is a culture of "choosing quality products that can be handed down to be used by your children and grandchildren." There is not much demand for items that can no longer be used after a few uses, but people buy durable products and use them with care. And even when they break, they’re not simply discarded, but they’re repaired and passed on to the next generations.
“It warms my heart to think about what kind of person was using the items I find,” shares Maeda-san.
In the shop, I found tableware designed to serve oysters. Maeda-san says, "It's a plate for oysters, but it may be good to serve hors d'oeuvres and sweets, or use it as a tray for accessories. I hope for the customers to incorporate the items they purchase into their daily lives rather than just decorating the pieces. I would be happy if my customers use the items however they like.”
The "Blue Willow" tableware with willow trees, towers, small boats floating on the river, bridges, and two birds is also popular. Made in England in the 18th century, this series is said to be a design that shows the admiration for the Orient that the British felt during that period.
People have said since long ago that "objects have souls", but when you pick up the items displayed at Vintage Yard, you can feel through your hands that the item “had been used and treated with great care", and that gave me a warm feeling.
Drop by Vintage Yard and find special antiques that traveled all the way from England to Okinawa, and be the next set of hands to use the items with care and to pass on to the next generation.
Address: 2-2-3 Oyama, Ginowan City, Okinawa
Hours: 11:00 to 17:00
Closed: Thursdays & 4th Friday of the Month
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko Tachi