Set just off the main road that runs through the Victorian Spa town of Llandrindod Wells is one of the top ten voted vintage shops in Wales; Junk n Disorderly.
|Junk n Disorderly|
As the name suggests, Junk n Disorderly, located in Unit 1 of the Old Town Hall Workshops, is a shop with a vintage and retro vibe achieved by the many quirky, unique items up for sale. It is just one of a number of small independent shops that are available to the community of the central town of Powys. The shop is run by local man Patrick Sheehy and he will be celebrating its third birthday this month. The shop was recently voted one of the best in Wales by Wales Online which described the classic shop as "cute".
"Junk n Disorderly has up-cycled vintage furniture and simple retro pieces, you can kit your whole house out here."~Wales Online
Junk n Disorderly evolves every week with different quirky, one off items up for sale each time you visit.
“Whether you are looking for that finishing touch to enhance a room or to completely furnish your home, you will find it all at Junk n Disorderly.”
Here is just a flavour of some of the really cool, retro items that have been sold in Junk n Disorderly recently.
|A cool clock|
|The meaning behind palm lines|
|A clock made from a bike chain|
One of the items Patrick was keen to highlight when I met with him was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™which he stocks and sells in his shop. It does not require any sanding prior to use and despite this, your painting will always be free from grease and dirt. Two coats should be sufficient to fully cover the item you are painting. A single colour creates a beautiful simple look but by adding a second colour and sanding it back, you can create a naturally unique distressed look. By mixing two colours of the Chalk Paint™ together, you can create your own custom colour. The Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax also available in Junk n Disorderly will help to protect and give a rich velvety finish to your work, whilst the Dark Soft Wax helps to bring out the texture and detail of the item you have painted.
|Junk n Disorderly is a Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™stockist|
You can also use the Chalk Paint™to add a splash of colour to any walls or floors within the home. By using one of the stronger colours in the range such as Aubusson, Greek Blue, or Graphite you can paint blackboards. This will require three coats and you have to allow it to dry thoroughly. Afterwards you can write on the surface with a stick of chalk.
Patrick believes he is helping to put Llandrindod back on the map by selling this product as it has become a world wide phenomenon, recognised by lots of people due to its ease of use. Patrick is particularly happy to sell this brilliant paint as it is only supplied to a few outlets throughout the country and people from all over Powys visit Llandrindod just to buy it from Junk n Disorderly.
|You can buy the famous Chalk paint™at Junk n Disorderly|
|Chalk paint™colour chart|
Patrick uses the famous Chalk Paint™to hand-paint and "upcycle" furniture to then sell in the shop. No two pieces of furniture will be the same and this just adds to the magic. When you buy some furniture you can request a colour that you want it to be painted to make the piece of furniture unique to your needs.
|A chest of drawers Patrick painted using the Chalk paint™: |
florence with gold highlights and a waxed top
Did you also know, Patrick runs Chalk Paint™workshop classes in order to help the community to get creative and understand how to upcycle using the Chalk Paint™? If you would like further information about this, get in contact with Patrick.
The upstairs of Junk n Disorderly has a large collection of vintage clothing for women and men. Here's a sneak peak at some of the clothes that have been for sale recently.
|A vintage blue dress|
|Some lovely patterned material|
|Another vintage dress|
Patrick used to work with and show horses but always enjoyed getting creative and buying lots of cool items at Hay on Wye Vintage Fayre; Hay Does Vintage. When his job with horses came to an end, Patrick decided to make a go of opening up a vintage shop and selling and getting creative with admirable pieces of furniture and small retro items. This has obviously proved highly successful as the business is still going strong in this old spa town of Llandrindod Wells three years after opening.
Patrick demonstrated even more of his creativeness recently with his shop window display at Christmas which was voted the best in Llandrindod by the town council.
|Christmas window display|
Patrick enjoys living and working in Llandrindod and recognises there are a large range of diverse independent shops available to the community. He also appreciates the history of these businesses and he highlights the fact Llandrindod plays host to the first whole food independent shop along Middleton Street; Vans Good Food. The community of Llandrindod Wells is very friendly so Patrick finds it quite funny when people from cities visit his shop and seem surprised when he talks to them as they're not used to shop owners passing the time of day with any of their costumers.
“Good things are happening here in Llandrindod Wells now. Just look at the Pavilion which has recently come back into the hands of the community and will reopen in March. Llandrindod needs those sorts of places to help bring the strong community together.”
Here is what some of the community of Llandrindod Wells have had to say about Junk n Disorderly on their Facebook page.
"Wow!!! Fantastic shop, a 'Real Hidden Gem'..
The owner Patrick is just amazing.. Full of great advice and so friendly.."~Sarah Duggan
"Fab shop!! Well worth a visit for retro and vintage treasure. Love it."~Jo Hodges
"A big thank you to Patrick for supplying Christmas garlands to a The Llanerch Inn, at a fantastic price."~Terri Jones
|There are lots of quirky items for sale in Junk n Disorderly|
You can follow Junk n Disorderly on Facebook, Instagram, on their website and now on Twitter. Patrick shares some really cool pictures on all of these outlets, helping people understand how the shop is evolving on a day to day basis.
1. Discarded material, such as glass, rags, paper, or metal, some of which may be reused in some form.
1. Lacking regular or logical order or arrangement.
That's just an attempt at describing the vintage shop, Junk n Disorderly. If you want to discover for yourself what the shop is all about, go and check it out. I can assure you; you won't be disappointed!