Mid Century? What does that mean?

In vintage circles Mid Century is one of the looks of the moment which doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. But what does it really mean? Well as it suggests it’s date determined but as importantly it’s style determined. Mid Century as it suggests (and we are talking 20th Century here!) is any time […]

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Make do and mend is good for the planet!

In a world of ever expanding commercialisation the old adage of make do and mend made popular during shortages in the 2nd World War may seem redundant today – but make do and mend is good for the planet! However the emergence of vintage and the wish to recycle as much as possible, many people […]

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Why do we adore Art Deco?

Art Deco is one of those styles that never seems to go out of fashion and there are thousands of people who have collected items for many years. So what makes it so enduring? I think its the simplicity of line and purity of shape that makes it so popular. It looks great anywhere! You […]

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Would William Morris approve?

William Morris coined the phrase that you should only have in your home that which is beautiful and useful. Beautiful is not a problem – I find beauty in some of the strangest things – kitsch is my mantra! Useful is not so easy – but who is to say just because something doesn’t have […]

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Loving vintage Christmas decorations

I adore vintage Christmas decorations. There is just something about them that you don’t get with today’s items (as lovely as many are!). Nostalgia is under-rated. It can give lovely feelings of family, safety and memories. That those amazingly fragile mercury glass baubles ever survive is miraculous! Many have been used year after year until […]

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Toying with vintage

It’s funny how remembering a cuddly vintage toy from your childhood evokes such strong emotions. This kind of toy tends to be one of your first memories and it conjures up feelings of safety, sleepiness and joy. We can either recall a toy based on a favourite character (see photo of Noddy) or something we […]

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Vintage kitchenalia

There is something about vintage kitchenalia which so epitomises an era. Containers, tins and canisters in the distinctive 1940s Worcester Ware designs have almost become museum pieces (think Beamish Open Air Museum in Country Durham) but they can add a fabulously evocative look to today’s kitchens too. Can’t quite put my finger on why the […]

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Happy 90th Ma’am – celebrating royal memorabilia!

As the Queen’s official 90th birthday approaches we celebrate all things royal memorabilia! Royal memorabilia continues in popularity and it’s really easy to pick up affordable pieces. Whether we are celebrating the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation or her official birthday there are lots of great vintage items out there – and they really provide […]

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We love vintage sewing stuff!

Even if you are not an avid sewer or knitter you can still really appreciate vintage sewing and knitting items as they are usually so pretty yet functional! Who doesn’t love a tin of old buttons?! I know I do – spend ages arranging them into colours and shapes only to put them back in […]

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1950s vintage in miniature

We love 1950s vintage even when it’s in miniature! In fact we love miniature vintage dolls houses per se!  This fabulous tin plate kitchen in brilliant red so captures the design elements of the 1950s period. And the detail is amazing!  As well as a fridge with milk bottles and an ice box, there is […]

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