Advanced search

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"


PeggyCarter Thu 08-Nov-12 17:08:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

MrsMiniversCharlady Thu 08-Nov-12 17:14:52

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!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now