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Nostalgia – why is it important?

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be is an old joke but it does raise the issue about why we need nostalgia and how vintage items can play an important part. When I go and do talks to ladies groups about my vintage collections (particularly kitchenalia and royal commemorative items) the one phrase which is […]

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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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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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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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Give me a good season for vintage

When is it too early to talk about Christmas?  After Halloween, after Bonfire Night…? There has to be a good “season” to talk about vintage and Christmas is it! Having collected a vast range of vintage christmas decorations from the 1920s (strange little pipe cleaner santas!) to the 1980s (all brassy and shiny just like […]

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Period passion

One of the joys of collecting vintage is that you can satisfy your passion for a particular period or style. One of the most enduring is art deco – that time between art nouveau design and the start of austerity at the beginning of WWII. It’s is very distinctive even to the uninitiated!  It screams […]

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It’s a vintage dogs life

I love how many variations you can get with a universally popular subject – in this case dogs! This little collection includes a holiday souvenir from Margate, a family of terriers and even a wooden terrier from the Black Forest. People often collect the same breed as their own pet – so terriers are very […]

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Simply vintage!

On our Facebook page today we have included some photos of vintage pinnies – aprons – to show how vintage does not have to be grand or expensive. Many periods are identified by domestic, home-made and simple items – the plain green Beryl crockery so loved by 40s and 50s canteens (and the W.I.!) have […]

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Vintage in miniature

There has always been a fascination with miniature items such as dolls houses, miniature villages, miniature railways etc. In the vintage world these are also highly collectable – at a recent fair I sold some tiny lead pupils and a tin cooker within ten minutes! I think its the fascination with getting all that detail […]

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