To absolutely hate the totally misused and overused and teeth clenchy phrase.....

(85 Posts)
Back2Two Thu 08-Nov-12 17:08:16

"shabby chic"

When on ebay or gumtree or at bootfairs now everything has been listed as "shabby chic". There are whole mass produced departments in shops all "shabby chic"

For the second hand stuff it is fair to say it IS shabby. Shabby and manky. But painting something pretend farrow and ball white or grey doesn't make it chic. Then charging a ridiculous amount of money for it.

For "shabby chic" read "shit furniture painted white or grey in the hope that you are a fool and will buy it"

Same starting to go for "up-cycled"


I've never heard it. confused

cheekydevil Thu 08-Nov-12 17:10:59

Reminds me of that sketch with Harry Enfield, "Hello, I saw you coming" grin

HecatePropylaea Thu 08-Nov-12 17:13:14

shabby chic.

That's code for wrecked piece of crap, isn't it?

WowOoo Thu 08-Nov-12 17:13:14

Dh calls it scabby shit. I love the 'I saw you coming' sketches. So very observant.

givemeaclue Thu 08-Nov-12 17:13:55

Oh yes cheeky!

Shabby chic equals shabby

YANBU. Sometimes I'm tempted to email Ebayer sellers to tell them they've ruined a perfectly nice piece of furniture grin

INeedThatForkOff Thu 08-Nov-12 17:15:55

I hate 'organic' as applied to a process (not as an adjective to describe certified organic food / produce). Bleugh.

cheekydevil Thu 08-Nov-12 17:26:33

YY forkoff that makes me sick in my mouth and 'holistic'.....arghhh!

RyleDup Thu 08-Nov-12 17:31:29

Shabby Shit.

justmyview Thu 08-Nov-12 17:32:48

How about another one - it's not second hand, it's "vintage"

ItsAllintheMindYKnow Thu 08-Nov-12 17:37:35

...and 'sourced' from somewhere - not found, stolen or purloined

Back2Two Thu 08-Nov-12 17:38:44

Oh yes justmy that is often tacked on the list on the description "vintage shabby chic retro --pile of old tat--"

Back2Two Thu 08-Nov-12 17:39:14

Yes "sourced" local carrots .....

autumnfrost Thu 08-Nov-12 17:40:47

Vintage is nothing to do with being second hand,it is to do with age .I am 49 and I should know!

ItsAllintheMindYKnow Thu 08-Nov-12 17:41:49

Paint it chalky white
Stick some fairy lights on it
Add some text from a disused printer

Vintage Gold!

hellsbells76 Thu 08-Nov-12 17:42:47

Also: steampunk.

lisaro Thu 08-Nov-12 17:44:10

Yep, but some stupid twats still buy it. I dread to think what their homes are like.

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Thu 08-Nov-12 17:45:49

I once read in a magazine how somebody "sourced" their bed or whatever from Graham and Green. I can "source" things from Graham and Green.

I raise you "sustainable".

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Thu 08-Nov-12 17:46:43

Also "eclectic", which now seems to be a synonym for "includes wooden shoe casts, plaster deer heads and watch parts".

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Thu 08-Nov-12 17:47:48

Ooh, time for a Not Remotely Steampunk link!

Tenderisthenight Thu 08-Nov-12 17:49:33

Everything's vintage these days. My town is over run with vintage clothing stores selling manky old granny jumpers for £25 a go. The profit margins must be unbelievable. You wouldn't be able to give the stuff away at the average car boot sale. I'm currently using a bag ive had since te mid 90s and must remember to tell everyone I'm 'wearing vintage' otherwise they may think I am just very unstylish.

BCBG Thu 08-Nov-12 17:50:06

"Distressed" grin DH says he gets farkin' distressed every time he sees the price of tut

BlissfullyIgnorant Thu 08-Nov-12 17:50:09

Would rather source things from Green & Black grin

Ditto cheeky - Def a Harry Enfield snigger moment, there.

On the telly; Cash in the Attic? No...Crap in the Attic, more like

sixlostmonkeys Thu 08-Nov-12 17:52:59

Do you mind? You are slagging off my business!

CambridgeBlue Thu 08-Nov-12 17:53:17

Right with you on this and also my personal favourite - 'quirky'. All of these phrases are used to dress up stuff that nobody really wants by making it sound somehow appealing.

AlienRefluxovermypoppy Thu 08-Nov-12 17:54:14

Yeah, steampunk only heard it the other night, and thought WTF is that? (still not sure blush )

autumnfrost Thu 08-Nov-12 17:55:57

At least vintage furniture and such has some life about it(fleas?).Next catalogue stuff makes me squirm

AlienRefluxovermypoppy Thu 08-Nov-12 17:56:19

Pre-loved, reminds me of pre-cum,but that could be just me.

BlissfullyIgnorant Thu 08-Nov-12 17:56:26

...and anything 'vintage/classic' with a 'modern twist'
Must be bent/damaged new stuff they couldn't otherwise shift

...anything 'whimsical'
Must be appealing to mad old cat ladies


'Eclectic mix'-nothing matches, all looks a mess.

'Rustic'-not very good at presentation.

'Quirky'-WTF generally.

lizziebach Thu 08-Nov-12 17:59:42

and where people dont have belongings they randomly bought and plonked down where they thought they would look nice, instead they have a "curated" array of "vintage" and "retro" items carefully "displayed" on their "shabby chic" furniture. As opposed to my house where I have tat (nice tat I will point out) stuck on top of second hand furniture - wow I must be in fashion lol

Sorry Cambridge missed your post we are agreed on the 'quirky' though. grin

lizziebach Thu 08-Nov-12 18:00:23

Alien - steampunk is like goth but with lots of cogs and watch parts and stripes - sort of

Devora Thu 08-Nov-12 18:02:12

What IS steampunk?

yy to old tat painted white, bashed around a bit, labelled 'shabbychic' and sold at a ridiculous mark-up.

yy to old tat not painted white, labelled 'vintage' and sold at a ridiculous mark-up.

A chill goes through me whenever I see on ebay something described as 'vintage' that is 1980s. That makes ME vintage.

Steampunk is Victorian/Western sensibilities with technological additions such as pocket watches, copper accenting/piping etc. It's an offshoot of cyberpunk which was more neon and modern.

VerityClinch Thu 08-Nov-12 18:05:19
puds11 Thu 08-Nov-12 18:06:54

Yep, i call it shitty chic.

cheekydevil Thu 08-Nov-12 18:14:26
cheekydevil Thu 08-Nov-12 18:16:51

The scratches are organic, classic grin

Whatnowffs Thu 08-Nov-12 18:23:10

Its not shabby chic - it is old shit! or new shit that has been "distressed" to look like old shit. DP and I call it shabbit shit grin

Whatnowffs Thu 08-Nov-12 18:23:50

shabby not shabbit!

greeneyed Thu 08-Nov-12 18:56:49

Ooh you wouldn't like my house smile I prefer to spend what I can afford on something second hand and get a solid piece of furniture than spend the equivalent on something new but flatpacked. I have just painted and distressed an 1930s old oak chest, added new handles etc - total cost about 80 for the same price I could only have got something cheap and shit from argos whereas this looks lovely in my bedroom. If you call all afford to shop at barker and stonehouse then fair dos

Feminine Thu 08-Nov-12 19:01:29

I have a type of shabby chic going on in my home.

Shabby mixed with cottage~ its lovely!

However op I agree with you...some ebay rubbish is eye-openly vile.

My recent favourite was a 'distressed' bread bin, all different pastel colours, dirty and shoddy. Its been their weeks! grin

Feminine Thu 08-Nov-12 19:01:56

there obviously wink

MulledWineOnTheBusLady Thu 08-Nov-12 19:05:00

That's a different thing, greeneyed. Practically every stick of furniture I own is at least 80 years old.

The whole point of "vintage" stuff originally was that it was environmentally sound and saved you money. Nobody wanted "brown" furniture ten years ago - I know, because I bought a lot of it. People now who peddle fugly stuff for £000s because it's been daubed with Mouse's Arse, or (even worse) sell "vintage-style" things that have rolled off a factory line in China really get on my wick. They're totally missing the point of the thing.

AlienRefluxovermypoppy Thu 08-Nov-12 19:05:45

No, greeneyed I would love your house, as I do, in fact love the old rustic style, I hate people using the term for shit though.

yes to distressed oak smile

CambridgeBlue Thu 08-Nov-12 19:06:26

It's not that I don't like that look greeneyes, I do and I agree with everything you say about having something decent and personal rather than mass-produced tat. Not sure about anyone else but it's when any old crap is described as 'shabby chic' or 'vintage' just to try and make it sound desirable that it winds me up.

greeneyed Thu 08-Nov-12 19:19:45

Now I do agree almost every item on ebay is now vintage! And yes will confess there is a lot of shabby shit out there! I also don't like the pretend new distress furniture with machine printed scratches! I think the whole fashion for shabby chic and vintage is just a fall out from the age of austerity - trying to make the best of old crap because we can't afford new, also people will try to sell ANYTHING these days!

Back2Two Thu 08-Nov-12 20:21:12

I love lots of what has been written on this thread.

And yes, greeneyed, it's not that I don't like old, secondhand items. I do. That's why I'm on eBay, gumtree at car boots etc. looking for bargains. BUT all the terms mentioned on here are being used without any actual grounding in truth anymore. "vintage" means knackered and "shabby chic" means any old crap, painted.

I love to go to second hand furniture places and really hunt for decent furniture that needs a new home. I'm somewhat addicted to "things" and furniture.

greeneyed Thu 08-Nov-12 21:00:14

me to Back2 - I'm addicted to furniture, the house is crammed, I have no money and I am on ebay as we speak just searching under used furniture locally. Must sell some of my old crap vintage stuff to make room!

Caladria Thu 08-Nov-12 21:15:12

Curated. As in, 'I love curating my Chanel handbag collection'

OTheHugeManatee Thu 08-Nov-12 21:31:34

I blame Cherry Menlove.

lizziebach Thu 08-Nov-12 21:36:04

and apartment therapy

picnicbasketcase Thu 08-Nov-12 21:37:41

'Shabby chic' is just utter arse. Painting a chest of drawers in shite colours, badly, isn't chic in my opinion.

Ragwort Thu 08-Nov-12 21:41:47

Oh dear - I have just advertised an old piece of furniture that I am trying to get rid of as 'ideal for repainting in the shabby chic style' grin. It's a really nice piece of pine but I haven't got room for it or the inclination to do it up so I put it in my local paper hoping for a few quid - but really so someone just takes it away (will donate the money to charity, if I get any smile).

picnic that's my opinion too! All these people on programs like 'May the best house win' are into shabby chic.

SissySparkles Thu 08-Nov-12 23:10:48

I hate "pop-up"

I saw a sign for a "pop-up market" t'other day. Surely all markets by their very nature are "pop-up"?

Take it you don't watch Kirstie's Vintage Home? :p

AgnesBligg Thu 08-Nov-12 23:31:18

VerityClinch I like that link, love 'Fuck your wall manifesto' grin.

WineGoggles Fri 09-Nov-12 10:09:19

I hate 'organic' as applied to a process (not as an adjective to describe certified organic food / produce). Bleugh.
So glad it's not just me. It's marketing BS and I hate it.

Ooh, time for a Not Remotely Steampunk link!
Ah, good old Regretsy, very funny site. Love it almost as much as "I saw you coming" - (..."Is your husband in the city?" "How much does he earn?" LOL).

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Fri 09-Nov-12 11:33:16

"Paint it chalky white
Stick some fairy lights on it
Add some text from a disused printer

Vintage Gold!"

Omg ItsAll you just described what DP's cousins did to their gran's huge long built in dressing table in her (massive) bathroom! So naff!

I mean it was pretty old fashioned before (think avacado coloured bathroom suite) but my god it looks tacky now!

MerylStrop Fri 09-Nov-12 11:39:02

also "curated"

everyone's calling themselves a curator if they have thought about something for more than 5 minutes

I'm going to curate myself a fantastic sandwich for lunch in a bit.

soverylucky Fri 09-Nov-12 12:02:45

I love old brown furniture. I want to weep when I see someone has taken a lovely old chest of draws, sandpapered it a bit and covered it badly in paint. I was also trying to buy a lovely tea set recently. Every charity shop I went in had incomplete sets because according to the person who worked there people like to split the set to mix and match. No it doesn't match, it looks stupid and I wanted the whole set. Gets me right proper cross.

Does anyone remember a thread simmilar to this a while back and there was a link to a piece of furniture that had wrapping paper glued to it badly for some strange "vintage, upcycled, retro, shabby chic" effect?

TheShriekingHarpy Fri 09-Nov-12 13:07:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Omg I hate the phrase shabby chic so much...although I did like Ruth Watson saying there's a fine line between shabby chic & shitty chic!

Whatnowffs Fri 09-Nov-12 17:25:07

oh and "sourced" as mentioned earlier, makes my fingernails twitch

Whatnowffs Fri 09-Nov-12 17:28:51

Ive not heard curated before, wtf is that all about?

greeneyed Sun 11-Nov-12 20:49:27

Just come across a great upcycled listing on ebay!

greeneyed Sun 11-Nov-12 21:27:28

And this one is is scary Click Here

Feminine Sun 11-Nov-12 21:41:41

That is beyond disgusting!

cheekydevil Sun 11-Nov-12 23:17:44

Wow, and I thought Halloween was over?

Loveweekends10 Mon 12-Nov-12 01:21:51

Yes agree some of that stuff is so crap. But...dh made a lovely hall bench over summer. We upholstered it and painted it grey! And stuck a basket underneath for shoes and its the dogs bollocks. It's not shabby or chic. I would say French country house!

drizzlecake Mon 12-Nov-12 02:37:56

I have recently been to a 'Remnants of the Past' vintage sale (about 60 stalls selling stuff) in California.

Imo the UK follows US trends so I am writing to tell you THE latest shabby chic type in thing. And it is old paintbrushes and wooden ladders. I kid you not. Wooden ladders, paint splattered, held together with a bit of rusty wire, buyers were actually asking for them. And bowls of old paintbrushes, old worn ones with worn bristles and paint spattered handles. Def the desired object of the moment.

Also I would say the shabby chic old tat painted and distressed is out and genuine quirky old stuff is in (and obviously is a bit harder to find so more in demand).

So now you know, keep your eyes peeled and get those brushes on ebay wink

Rollmops Mon 12-Nov-12 09:11:49

OP, amen to that. The sheer quantity of lovely antique furniture that gets butchered in the name of shabbiness, is heartbreaking.

greeneyed Wed 14-Nov-12 14:07:32

Came across another piece of utter twaddle today Click Here

Feminine Wed 14-Nov-12 17:25:55

That is vile.

Like two nasty things at once!

BeatTheClock Wed 14-Nov-12 17:35:38

Oh god I LOVE I Saw You Coming! Reminds me of Brighton.

The difference between vintage and retro...“Vintage is old and horrible; retro is new and horrible but made to look old and horrible. But the bottom line is I get the whole lot from a car boot sale and sell it to you for a fortune.''

Can we add Boho chic to the list. Hate hate it.

RuleBritannia Wed 14-Nov-12 17:46:47

I never saw a clock like that and I was there. Can anyone else 'prove' that it's a 50's design? Doubt it.

StellaNova Wed 14-Nov-12 17:51:47

In a cafe near me they are selling "retro" ads from the 1950s, that have basically been torn out of old magazines and framed, for £30. £30! Someone with a pile of old magazines is coining it. You can see the tear marks down the side, they ahven't even been cut out nicely.

shriekingnora Wed 14-Nov-12 18:04:56

greeneyed that clock is hilarious. I love the way it says in the description 'decoupaged with a Cath Kidston catalogue' - really makes me want to buy it. Said no-one ever.

'Pre-loved': Sounds like sloppy seconds in a manky orgy.

'Pan-fried': Apparently soooo much naicer than plain old 'fried'.

'Hand-cut sandwiches': ooh mmmmm delicious hands. confused

YY to all the hatred of the absolutely insulting rip-off 'scabby chic' rubbish.

TOTALLY 'I saw you coming' from Harry & Paul!

Pity the brainless moronic sheep that fall for it. More money than sense.

greeneyed Sun 18-Nov-12 18:01:02

This is utter shite badly painted tat

mignonette Sun 18-Nov-12 18:04:41

I hate the phrase 'curate' regarding a person's choice of clothing, furniture, art etc.

You did not 'curate' or 'edit' what you decorated your house with. You went to a shop/website/auction and you chose and purchased the items. Your home is not a Museum and you are not a curater. Get over yourself.

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