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99 Curiosities was born out of my love for all things weird wonderful and full of character. I was lucky to grown up in a large Georgian country house in the UK surrounded by all the items I now look for to sell here on Rubylane, a lot of the items I buy remind me of particular times throughout my childhood. I believe it was just day to day life and the surroundings of that, that has created my love, passion and evidently my personal tastes in the wonderful.

The house I grew up in had grounds with old barns, I used to play in the barns and often find old pieces of jewellery and even behind a large old door a large gramophone, my father purchased the house of an army Captain and as such there was a lot of old war memorabilia in the barns and the lofts, medals were often found after prying up floorboards in the barns.

The house was full of antiques, Grand Father clocks that were large enough to hide in and dining tables big enough to slide across, the Church we went to in the village was Norman and one of the oldest in the surrounding area, there are incredible items inside, small carvings from wood, large stones with engravings on and gold, brass and gilt abounded in all forms.

My family has a house in France where most summers were spent, at the age of 8 or 9 I began attending the local brocantes with my father, these were generally held in local village squares under the shadows of the Chateau, I used to always be given a few Francs to purchase an item, one of my first purchases was a Peugeot coffee grinder, this was before they became popular and I drank coffee, it was just heavy and fun to play with, I still have it.

I learnt as I grew older that items I purchased in France were quite popular in the UK so I began to buy more and more, when I was able I started to drive to the house myself so I could fill up my boot and take it back to the UK. Most of my items I buy in the UK are sourced through family friends who have barns and lofts bursting with items, a lot of which I am able to coax from them.

99 Curiosities has been to a couple of antique fairs to sell items but we rarely have enough to fill our stands and sell out on the first day, we generally sell our items directly to local dealers and have no real direct outlets, I am hoping Rubylane will be an excellent portal for me to showcase and sell my items.

I sincerely hope you enjoy viewing my shop.
Alexander Van Mol
17 Hamish Way, RH17 6FQ
Haywards Heath
West Sussex RH17 6FQ
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