My Story

Welcome to Rural Magpie, a vintage and retro treasure trove.

I'm Karen and I live, with my husband James, in a picturesque village in North Essex, close to the beautiful city of Cambridge and the historic market town of Saffron Walden.


I've always been passionate about vintage and decorative items.  Years ago you would find me searching out and selling such things at local boot sales.

In 2012 I took the brave step of starting my own business and launched my own online shop Rural Magpie, therefore I could sell what I love, vintage homewares and I have not looked back since.

Rural Magpie offers an eclectic mix of fine quality one-off pieces of preloved, modern and vintage finds from home wares, ceramics and glassware as well as beautiful pieces of costume jewellery. All items have been chosen with great care and consideration.


You can contact me on 01223 894292 or email me at

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I am happy knowing that Rural Magpie is helping the environment by effectively recycling and that the items sold will be loved once again.

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