“Vintage” is a much abused term these days but the duo behind vintageseekers.com have taken a refreshingly purist approach to the description and ensured that every piece they offer for sale falls within the official 25- to 100-year-old age range. And what pieces they are: forget cheap and cheerful junk-store chic, this site is gloriously top end, selling only the very best examples of 20th-century design.
So, if you’re looking for something – a 1950s chiffon evening gown by Worth (third picture, £440), a rosewood desk by Nanna Ditzel (£4,950), 12 bottles of 1980 Château d’Yquem (£2,630), a framed autograph of Alfred Hitchcock (first picture, £799.95) – with provenance and staying power, this is the store for you.
Shopping here does take time – there are six main departments (Collectibles, Design, Fashion, Motoring, Watches and Wine) and several sub-departments including Luggage, Bar Requisites, Film and Music – but it’s perfectly straightforward and you don’t have to get up at dawn to scour a chilly market.
I spent a very happy hour trolling about the store from the comfort of my day bed and decided that my life would be improved immeasurably by a 1920s leather painted hatbox (£350) and a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (second picture; price on application). With my budget blown, I bypassed the Seeker Service (you tell them what you’re looking for, they do their best to find it) but I did sign up for the newsletter and am now a serious fan.