What to expect on Fowey Regatta Carnival Day …

What to expect on Fowey Regatta Carnival Day …

As a kid, there were always two days I looked forward to with so much anticipation I could have burst . No prizes for guessing one was Christmas. The other was Carnival Day. The Wednesday of every Fowey Regatta week was the annual highlight of my childhood schedule....
The bells! The bells!

The bells! The bells!

We’ve a new shipment of vintage lighting and maritime collectibles arriving soon. Including a couple of beauties… Here in Fowey, there are​ ​horns sounding and bells ringing and yacht-​race guns firing, and swifts​, jackdaws​ and seagulls calling, as a...
A Celebration of Independent Shops

A Celebration of Independent Shops

Something odd keeps happening outside the shop. I don’t think people notice that, during opening hours, a member of staff is sitting right behind the window, so we see it when people point and peer – it’s great, part of the fun of the job. We get it...
Fowey Festival 11-19 May 2018

Fowey Festival 11-19 May 2018

This Friday 11 May the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature  kicks off, and for us the chance to see one of our favourite new bands, Wildwood Kin. Their recent performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test was simply stunning and the acoustics in the church will bring out...
We’re Almost There…Our New Shop

We’re Almost There…Our New Shop

So we’ve painted and plastered, hammered and hoisted, drilled and dusted. We’ve been snowed in, rained on and stripped paint outside on the pavement, on the coldest day of the year. We’ve laid floors, discovered boarded up doors – and best of all uncovered stunning...
Uncovering the past in our new shop

Uncovering the past in our new shop

Well, it’s been a thrilling couple of weeks for us! We stepped into 14 Lostwithiel St on 1st February, and since then have unearthed all manner of amazing finds. We started on the walls. The original plan was to strip off the dreaded woodchip wallpaper. Quickly it...
Honoured to be a Part of DIY SOS: Veteran Street

Honoured to be a Part of DIY SOS: Veteran Street

We’ve had to keep it under our hats until now, but we’re honoured to be part of DIY SOS: the Big Build on Veteran Street tonight on BBC1. If you’ve not seen it, the winning team of Nick Knowles, Billy the Spark, Chris and Jules and Irish charmer Mark...
Dine out for Shine for Shelterbox

Dine out for Shine for Shelterbox

Walking the streets of Truro, you may be surprised to find the headquarters of an international charity. ShelterBox hand-delivers aid to families devastated by conflict or natural disaster. The sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents to provide people...
Weddings, Germans & Pilchards

Weddings, Germans & Pilchards

Weddings, Germans & Pilchards Or: A Typical Saturday Working in Any Old Lights By TJ Tucker Good grief!  It’s all going on in here today. You know how you probably wonder if having a shop in a little Cornish Town is really a bit like Doc Martin? Well,...
Any Old Lights on tour in Truro

Any Old Lights on tour in Truro

Any Old Lights goes on tour! This is the time of year where we like to get out and about and meet our customers. First up is the Truro Interiors Market – next Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September – then can catch us at Bedruthan Mid Century & Vintage...
Red Arrows back in Fowey!

Red Arrows back in Fowey!

The skies above Fowey will turn red, white and blue tonight when the world famous Red Arrows once again fly over our town. There’s no week better in Fowey than the Fowey Regatta, and our favourite event of the Regatta has always been the Red Arrows. After an absence...
Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show 2017

Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show 2017

Looking for inspirational ideas for the home and garden? Join us in two weeks time at the Royal Cornwall Showground for the Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show – Saturday 29th April 10am-5pm and Sunday  30th April 10am – 4pm. We love bringing our lights out of our...
St Piran’s Day 2017 in Cornwall

St Piran’s Day 2017 in Cornwall

Wherever you are in Cornwall on Sunday, you can expect to see the Cornish flag flying with pride and plenty of celebrations. 5 March is St Piran’s Day, held in honour of Cornwall’s patron saint. Bizarrely for a Cornish saint, he was an Irish immigrant. In an odd...
Fowey Cider and Cheese Festival 2017

Fowey Cider and Cheese Festival 2017

When we moved back to Fowey in Cornwall some years ago, one of our best discoveries was the Lostwithiel’s Cider Festival. Every October we would spend the day sampling home grown ciders, listening to live music and generally soaking up all that is lovely about living...
Remembering the RNLI Penlee lifeboat in Cornwall

Remembering the RNLI Penlee lifeboat in Cornwall

Having grown up in Cornwall surrounded by the sea, and now running a vintage nautical lighting shop, maritime incidents are very much part of our lives. Yet none was more tragic than the fate of the RNLI Penlee lifeboat. As a child it is ingrained in memory –...
50 shades of grey… blue… green…Any Colour You Like!

50 shades of grey… blue… green…Any Colour You Like!

Stuck for a Christmas gift? Our unique Any Colour You Like service is sure to impress a loved one with particular tastes and an eye for detail. Using Cornwall’s craftsmen, you can choose from over 200 colours  to have your light spray painted. And just a few hours ago...
Mousehole Christmas Lights

Mousehole Christmas Lights

If you haven’t seen to see the Christmas lights in Mousehole you haven’t done Cornwall. The world famous display has been produced every year since 1963 and now contains an amazing 7,000 bulbs. Whales and sea monsters appear from beneath the waters, Santa rides his...
Fowey Christmas Market 2016

Fowey Christmas Market 2016

We love Christmas at Any Old Lights – anything with twinkly lights and glitter is a winner in our book – and we’re very excited that it’s only four weeks until the Fowey Christmas Market Weekend. If you’re visiting Cornwall in December, come and help us...
Create HYGGE in Your Home with Copper Lighting

Create HYGGE in Your Home with Copper Lighting

Would you like to be more hygge? Pronounced ‘hue-gah’, this Danish lifestyle approach translates simply as ‘cosy contentment’ in English, and is sweeping the world of interior design. And without knowing it, at Any Old Lights we’ve always been very...
See our vintage lights at the Cornwall Home show

See our vintage lights at the Cornwall Home show

We”re taking our vintage lights on tour! Are you renovating a house? Improving your own? Or just looking for a little inspiration? You’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for at this weekend’s Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show at the Royal Cornwall...
Vintage Industrial Lights IV: Minting

Vintage Industrial Lights IV: Minting

So we’ve achieved a semblance of order from the chaos that confronted us in Essex. All 75 Benjamin (and some Crompton) pendant lights have been dismantled, sorted into their constituent parts and stacked. The state of play is this: Most galleries are in good to...

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