A Ship’s Bell is for Life

A Ship’s Bell is for Life

Last summer we were contacted by a customer (hello, Tim!) who wanted a very special surprise Christmas present for his wife (hi, Debs!). He wanted a proper large vintage brass ship’s bell. And we made it happen. We contacted a few of our trusted suppliers, found...
About Any Old Lights

About Any Old Lights

Here’s an interview that co-founder, Nick, wrote for a US blog called Starter Story, all about business start-ups. It took him right back. Running a small business is really hard work. And it wouldn’t succeed without the help of great, loyal staff and you,...
Fowey Christmas Market 2018

Fowey Christmas Market 2018

As a vintage lighting shop, Christmas is one of our favourite times of the year – all those twinkling fairy lights! We’re suckers for those babies. And we’re very excited that it’s just over one week till the Fowey Christmas Market – one of...
Download Our Free New Mobile App!

Download Our Free New Mobile App!

We are now the proud owners of an exclusive new Any Old Lights smartphone app. It’s completely free to download and doesn’t require searching through any tiresome App Store. View this blog post on your phone and touch this link – you’re in! Not...
Vintage Ship Lights Incoming

Vintage Ship Lights Incoming

Where does the time go? It’s a month since our last blog and the time has gone like that. So focussed were we on launching RetroFutures and at not forgetting to take something vital to the Restaurant & Bar Design Show in London. (As it turns out, we did, but...
Introducing Our Revolutionary RetroFutures Range

Introducing Our Revolutionary RetroFutures Range

We’ve been squirrelled away for nearly a year now, perfecting what we see as the future of bar, restaurant and domestic lighting: Any Old Lights’ RetroFutures range. We’re launching the range at the Restaurant & Bar Design Show at Excel in London...
Vintage Marine Lighting Arrivals

Vintage Marine Lighting Arrivals

We’re always scouring the globe for vintage ships lights that perfectly suit our range. We look for classic nautical lighting designs in a range of materials, that would be perfect for kitchen lighting, living room lighting, for hallways and bedrooms – but...
Yer Actual Jeff Lynne!

Yer Actual Jeff Lynne!

“So why is it called Rebecca week?” asked my nephew who has been staying with me.  The straight answer would be… It isn’t! I suspect he was confusing a bit of Daphne Du Maurier with Regatta week. Daphne is probably the most famous of all the...
As Seen in Gordon Ramsay’s

As Seen in Gordon Ramsay’s

A while back now, just after we’d finished refurbishing our new shop at 14 Lostwithiel Street, Gordon Ramsay was doing some refurbishing of his own, at the former Lloyd’s Bank in the town. The TV chef had bought the Grade II listed property for a reported...
Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Hello. Nick here. I co-founded Any Old Lights with Patrick in 2014 and now run the business with my wife, Sinead, and a fabulous local staff. It occurred to me, as I browsed what purported to be “nautical lighting” on the internet recently, that I have...
Curiouser & Curiouser

Curiouser & Curiouser

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a...
Questions, Questions!

Questions, Questions!

Questions, questions!  Any Old Lights does have a pub quiz team and we do make rare appearances at various local venues.  We’ve come second twice. Nick says he is going to throw himself off the harbour wall if we don’t win the next one…. Customers...
Ladies & Gentlemen – We Are Turning 360!

Ladies & Gentlemen – We Are Turning 360!

It’s OK, we aren’t that ancient and neither have we taken up dangerous sports. No. We have just begun showing our lights on the website in 360˙ rotation. So now, by using a simple scroll bar, you can see one of our gorgeous ship lights from every angle. We...
Madly Rare Clocks Available for Pre-order

Madly Rare Clocks Available for Pre-order

We have some great news for collectors of Russian submarine clocks and our vintage double-sided clocks. After months of trawling our network of vintage nautical suppliers worldwide, we’ve finally tracked down some ultra-rare timepieces. So we are today making...
Any Old Lights New Shop is Open!

Any Old Lights New Shop is Open!

Well, that was a project and a half! We received the keys to 14 Lostwithiel Streey, Fowey, on 2 February and wanted to be open by the end of the month. Take a look at this quick video walkthrough Nick made on that day. The shop was filled with racks and shelving from...
Refurbishing Vintage Industrial Lighting

Refurbishing Vintage Industrial Lighting

Vintage industrial lights, by their very nature, can arrive in various states of repair. Some take more work than others. Take this vintage holophane industrial wall light. We picked a good run of these up from Birmingham, where they’d been reclaimed from a...
Any Idea What Day It Is? Anyone?

Any Idea What Day It Is? Anyone?

Ah, the festive season. It’s generally during the bit between Boxing Day and New Year when identifying which actual day it is becomes problematic. Gravy courses through the central nervous system and fizz blights the senses. Dates become jumbled, days become...
Christmas 2017 at Any Old Lights

Christmas 2017 at Any Old Lights

Don’t the years whizz past (when you’re getting older)? This is our fourth Christmas after a momentous year of awards and vast numbers of happy customers. There’s still time to order for delivery before Christmas, as we ship via UPS who typically...
Two New Vintage Delights Just Added

Two New Vintage Delights Just Added

In case you miss them, a heads-up on two gorgeous new additions to the website stock, each available in limited supply. First up is our Vintage Giant Light Bulb Table Lamp, upcycled from the heavy cast-brass base of a very old ship’s brass & steel cargo...
Shipment Arriving Imminently!

Shipment Arriving Imminently!

After an unusually frustrating time, when matters were out of our control – curse you, Suez Canal (and Customs) – our massive restock shipment is with us on Tuesday 5th December. It’s considerably later than our planning intended, but that’s...
Retailer of the Year – That’s Us!

Retailer of the Year – That’s Us!

When the presenter of the Western Morning News Business Awards announced, “And the winner of Retailer of the Year is… Any Old Lights!” I can’t pretend we weren’t a little shocked. Well, you don’t expect to win things, do you? These...
The Ghostly Tale of the Vanishing Wing Nut

The Ghostly Tale of the Vanishing Wing Nut

Soooo, ’t’was a cold and drizzle-hit day. The light didn’t brighten from dawn until dusk, but remained in a petulant sulk of ashen grey. Any Old Lights’ shop itself is built into the rock of the town and our little storeroom at the back is sand-floored and dimly...
We’re Up for Another Award!

We’re Up for Another Award!

Having recently been chosen as one of the 100 top small businesses in the UK to represent the Small Business Saturday 2017 event on 2 December, we’ve now been shortlisted for Retailer of the Year in the Western Morning News Business Awards. We’ll find out whether we...
Vintage Light Switches

Vintage Light Switches

You may have noticed that we have started offering vintage light switches on the site. These are crafted in the UK from cast aluminium, using a sand-casting process that gives a lovely patina and means that each switch is unique, differing very slightly from others....
Major Restocks Imminent!

Major Restocks Imminent!

We’ve had a madly busy summer as our popularity grows, meaning that several popular lines have been stripped off our shelves. Fear not! Major restocks of both our new and vintage lighting are already on their way – along with a selection of all-new gems. On the...
New BBC1 Money for Nothing Designer Lamp

New BBC1 Money for Nothing Designer Lamp

A quick heads-up to note that we’ve just added our latest acquisition from BBC1’s Money for Nothing to the site. Show presenter, Sarah Moore, has surpassed herself with this designer desk lamp, upcycled from a Pifco heat lamp. We just love the bold colour...
Any Old Lights Winners in SmallBiz100 2017

Any Old Lights Winners in SmallBiz100 2017

We are delighted to announce that Any Old Lights have been chosen as one of the top 100 small businesses to represent this year’s Small Business Saturday event. The 100 winners were announced in The Guardian last week and we are one of two small businesses in...
Any Old Lights Exclusives – What’s Next?

Any Old Lights Exclusives – What’s Next?

Slowly but surely we are building up a very popular range of Any Old Lights Exclusives. Next off the drawing board is not a light, but our most sought-after ships’ clock: the vintage triangular double-sided ship’s clock. We’ve had over 100 of the...
Fowey And Our Family Activities in Cornwall

Fowey And Our Family Activities in Cornwall

Our vintage lighting shop is right in the heart of the coastal town of Fowey in Cornwall, and we are lucky to live in the midst of a vibrant community, with plenty going on. Take this weekend for example – three very different activities which can be enjoyed by...

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