Belated Christmas Present Roundup

It’s safe to say this has been on the busiest Christms and New Year holidays ever – or at least it seems like that! We spent much of our time trekking between various family members, located around the country in Stafford, Barnsley and Sedgfield. Much fun was had by all! The quota and quality of…

A Lot On My Plate

I really wanted to title this post, ‘A Lot On My West German Pottery Plate’ but then I realised that two of the plates I’m featuring aren’t from the country, let alone the region… ne’er mind! This plate by Bjørn Wiinblad is part of the Rosenthal Studio Line. It’s tiny! I didn’t realise we had…

Pots by Parents

So, the pottery I bought from my parents… It was odd, really. As I was on the train on the way down to Stafford – apart from reading ‘How to Be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran, which was killing me with restrained laughter – I was thinking about the pottery my dad said he’d bought…

Retro Goodies from Corsica

As mentioned yesterday, we managed to find a few retro bits and bobs on our holiday. It wasn’t supposed to have anything to do with retro or vintage, but you know what we’re like… any sniff of a flea market and we’re there! These postcards were the first things we found, bought over a number…

Italian ‘Tourist Tat’ Pottery

As mentioned a few posts ago, not only do we have a fine selection of slightly more sophisticated and acceptable Italian pottery (the Bertoncello bits and bobs); we also have an increasingly growing ‘Tourist Tat’ selection. This one even has the name of the hotel written on it: “Motel Maxim”. Actually, it’s a motel, isn’t…

Italian Pottery: Bertoncello

Yet another collection that appears to have exploded in size is that of our Italian pottery. For a long time, we didn’t know what these pots were: But then Aidan brought home this from the previous trip: Our fledgling collection of tourist tat Italian pottery has suddenly taken a turn for the more sophisticated. Apart…

Charity shopping and Cawthorne Antiques

Last night we went to visit our friend John, who has finally moved into his house eighteen months after buying it! This meant that we were in Barnsley for today and, what with the glorious weather, we took the opportunity to visit the charity shops and Cawthorne Antiques Centre. Unfortunately, the pickings were fairly slim…

Newark International Antiques & Collector’s Fair

Bit of a bumper Friday Find for this entry! On Friday 9th April, Aidan and I trundled on over to Newark in Tina (the Ford KA).  This was before the excitement of Little Owl Ski at the Car Boot Sale took over – and subsequently the blogging has been put back by the usual back-to-school-therefore-I-have-no-life…

Charity Shop Finds: Blackpool’s Bargains

Here is my disclaimer before you see the following photos:  1) The Italian pottery found in Blackpool will not be to everybody’s taste. 2) I have mentioned previously my inability to take a decent picture of a pot. That said:  feast your eyes on these: A little bit gaudy, a little bit over the top……

Auction Viewing

Thursday saw the first visit to the auction house in Holmfirth since before Christmas. In all honesty, it was a bit thin on the ground for retro and vintage items. We did put a few bids in on boxes that contained the odd bits and bobs for us, then junk for a car boot sale. …

Little Italian Vase

Who needs antiques shops and fairs when you live in Glossop? Yesterday, we wandered around Chorlton before heading back to Glossop for a little whizz around the charity shops. Not a sausage dog was to be found anywhere. However, we spotted that the Glossop indoor market was still open so went to have a look. Lo and…

A Tale of Two Donkeys…

It’s probably a little early in the year for a story about a little donkey, but I have to introduce the two new additions to the Italian donkey family.  The tale (tail) of my donkeys begins a few months ago. I found a very strange, retro looking ceramic donkey at a car boot sale in…