What Katy Did

What Katy Did is not just any old second-hand or vintage shop! It is more of a vintage experience. After taking in the sea air and a bag of vinegar-soaked chips on Budleigh Salterton’s beautiful beach, you can easily take half an hour out in What Katy Did – browsing the ever-changing collection of 20th century vintage homewares, furniture, clothes, technology, toys, records, kitchenalia – the list is endless!

I want you to feel free to scour the shelves and rummage away: in the Library or the Play Room; or just sit on the Ercol in the Lounge whilst your friend changes the record on the stereogram; or gives you a twirl when trying on a vintage Harris Tweed jacket or a handmade 60s mod dress in the Boudoir. Tea and cake coming soon…

What Katy Did is a vintage retailer with a difference. Not only is there an eclectic assortment of unusual treasures and fun, life-enhancing vintage collectables. But what Katy’s mum always did so well was to mix the contemporary with the vintage past in her interiors and dress. What Katy Did wants to give contemporary artists and craftspeople a chance and show people that the current fashion for ‘all-things-vintage’ does not have to exclude the new. So; we give them room in the shop to sell their wares, alongside the vintage goodies within the shop:  a cinema marquee print by The Drifting Bear Co. sitting comfortably on the wall above 1930s theatre seats; or some flying ceramic seagulls by Jo Everitt on the wall above a 50s kitchen cabinet.

There is also a Wish List Service for those who can’t find that certain something to sit on, or to wear for a ‘do’, or a present for that someone who has everything: your desire is my sourcing quest!. We also offer a ‘For Hire’ service too, for props or perhaps you need lots of crockery for that traditional English wedding.

Katy’s aim is to ensure that you leave Budleigh Salterton and Devon inspired and with a smile on your face – oh yes: and hopefully with goodies under your arm (I can deliver locally around Exeter too though if it won’t fit!).

We hope you enjoy your visit to the website and you will turn that into a visit to the shop in sunny Exeter, Devon!

Katy and Marvin (Katy’s Basset Hound, who pretends he doesn’t know ‘What’s Goin’ On’) look forward to meeting you soon!

About Katy

Through childhood, scouring antique and junk shops and rummage sales, Katy became a teenager who loved to pop with her like-minded friends to the Rag Market in Brum or Silver Arcade in Leicester of a weekend; her eyes always keenly focussed on spotting that interesting or quirky vintage item. Coupled with their love of history and the stories that lay behind these treasures, Katy and her mum would also spend hours round antique and vintage fairs and rummage sales, soaking up the feast for their magpie eyes! Any day out would invariably end up with Dad being dragged round the charity shops or a reclamation yard, or bundling a vintage leather suitcase onto the train home from London.

It wasn’t about monetary value-it was about finding that once-loved item that made their home and attire that bit more individual and interesting. Even friends and family were included – from the 1950’s pinny to the Triang pedal car; and we have to mention the Victorian toupe for Katy’s dad at Christmas. Found at a church jumble sale, we couldn’t resist the wind-up (sorry Dad!).

So after all these years of accumulating, Katy needed to start streamlining her addiction to vintage hoarding and legitimize that spending habit.

So! What Did Katy Do?

She bought a shop in Devon!