Happy New Year!

It’s been a whirlwind of Christmas holidays and New Year. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m not feeling particularly verbose this evening, thanks to having very little sleep last night, so without much delay I shall bring on the pictures of vintage and retro Christmas goodies. In the words of Rihanna: Baby, this is what you came…

Vintage Christmas Fun

Angels, Santa Claus, baubles, glass, plates, brass bells… You name it. If it’s Christmassy, a bit retro or vintage then I am all over it. I’ve been scouring the local charity shops to find anything that fits those criteria for the trees this year. There’s something about Christmas and vintage that goes together so well……

Don’t Count Your Vintage Slides…

I bought some vintage slides and projectors yesterday and it reminded me of a funny story from a few weeks ago. I’d found a box full of old slide boxes in a charity shop, labelled with things like ‘Miami 1977’ ‘Botswana, 1978’ ‘Chicago, 1974’. There were loads of them – for 50p each. I was…

Charity Shop Finds in September

So far… I’ve decided to step up my game on the retro and vintage front. Before the kids were born, I spent a lot of finding vintage items, researching and writing about them. I could spend hours looking at pictures of old signatures, photographing glass, scanning in old magazine illustrations… Then baby number one came…

Green Man Festival 2017

Last weekend, we packed up the Roomster and headed off for the Brecon Beacons and the Green Man Festival. Having won our tickets thanks to a random draw and this picture of Dexter as a baby: We’d packed all of the essentials: tent, sleeping bags, food, glow sticks, bubbles and Dexter’s ginormous soft elephant… The…

Margaret Tarrant Illustrations

Today’s very quick pit stop at a charity shop yielded a few interesting vintage children’s books: We’d been to the Reddish Vale farm with my friend Emma and her girls; I spotted the Salvation Army shop on our way back so quickly found somewhere to park and persuaded the kids to come for a look….

To Frame or not to Frame?

A retro Dominos game…. Nowt to do with the (frankly overrated) pizza takeaway but the good old-fashioned game of Dominoes. Except this one is spelt Dominos so I want to say it like, “Vaminos!” Cute, aren’t they? It’s like everything i look for in one go: retro toy, cool illustrations and a game I can…

Kids and the Car Boot Sale

The weather forecast for Sunday actually looked alright for once; so on Saturday evening, Aidan packed up the car (still doesn’t have a name; Fluffy Dog is just not working for us) of the last of our boot sale boxes. Sunday morning was actually a textbook getaway for us… Apart from having to bring Dexter…

Missing in Action for A Month

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet again recently. Holiday, busy weekends and now I’m marking exams for a month. I’ve got a write up of our holiday to Fowey to post up, a ton of vintage boots that I’ve found and sold to picture and so I promise that when my only working month of…

Auction Buys

Not last week, but the week before (49 robbers came knocking at my door… Or however many it was…) we went to the auction at New Mill, near to Holmfirth. We’ve not been attending as frequently as in previous years, but as always, there was plenty to see. We go to the auction viewing, then…

Ercol, Kiely and a Touch of Retro

Our main bedroom was one of the last bedrooms to be decorated when we moved into our house in 2012. Despite an impending arrival, we took our time over our bedroom as we knew we wanted to get things we really wanted rather making do with what we had. The room is a really odd…

May in Woman’s Own, 1952

I’ve been watching Mad Men again recently; binge-watching episodes in the evenings as I list eBay. The last time I watched it, it was pretty much when everyone else seemed to be watching it (certainly everyone online, at least) and it was before we had kids: our house was tiny and filled with loads of…