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Pashley Style Vintage Bike For Sale Totnes, Devon

I am selling my Vintage branded Pashley styled bike. If you are local to Totnes in Devon, you might like to come and buy it. Collection only £85.  I've use it about 6 times. Bell, Pump and Basket included.  email me to enquire

Buy Woods Beryl Wartime Tableware at yay retro!

It seems no matter which vintage styled film or TV programme you watch these days, you'll see Woods Berylware featured. This is no surprise since practically every home and organisation had this tableware from the 1940s onwards.

The china was made during and after the war under the government's restrictions on manufacturers to use less materials during the period whilst rationing was still impacting the country.  The china has an Art Deco feel which can particularly be seen on the cake plate.  Simple embossed stripes encircle the edges of each piece and in the case of Beryl the glaze is a pale green. (Woods also made the same shaped china in different colours - Jasmine in yellow and Iris in blue)

Many schools, village halls, work places, hospitals and other places where people gathered together had these durable and affordable cups, saucers and plates.  This means that for many of us they are part of our childhood memories.  My Gran and Gramp had this and so for me and lots of other grandchildren of the 60s and 70s, it is extra special!  

Now a whole new generation of people are wanting to use this this china in their home, their cafes and restaurants. It is super strong, long lasting and can cope with all aspects of the modern kitchen making it one of my best sellers.  Right now at yay retro! I have tea cups and saucers, the larger, harder to find breakfast cups and saucers, tea plates, side, salad / small dinner and large dinner plates, dishes and bowls, cake plates and jugs!  Search Woods at yay retro! now.

Degustabox May 18 Voucher Code and Box Contents

Woo! It's Degustabox delivery day today, they whizz around so fast when you have a subscription! Hello there, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop. I also review the monthly food boxes from Degustabox. Degustabox is a monthly subscription where you get a range of different fun foods delivered to your door to try out. It's just £12.99 to join in the fun (the foods included are always worth more than this). It's a great way to break your regular shopping habits and to try new things out, also to get treats delivered to your door!  In this blog article I shall be reviewing this month's box of goodies which have been selected with watching The World Cup in mind.

Try Degustabox with yay retro! - Use Code: WBWEO and get money off your first box!

What's in the May 2018 World Cup Themed Degustabox?  

Here's a quick overview ahead of my more detailed reviews which will be here later as and when I've given everything a try.

1. Latin American Caribbean Creamy Chicken Curry Seasoning Mix - what's the World Cup without a bowl of curry in your hand?  I'm looking forward to trying this with Quorn pieces. I've tried this brand of foods before thanks to Degustabox and it works well with non meat dishes.

2. Latin American Mini Coconut & Black Pepper Soft Tortillas, these are lovely - I've had them before. Very handy for lunchtimes or dinner times and I'll probably use them alongside the curry mix.

As you'll see we did indeed have these two items together. We had a fabulous supper. All I had to do was put the Latin American curry mix on top of a bag of Quorn pieces in a frying pan with a can of coconut milk, fry together for about 15 mins and it was done. I fried up some onions and peppers and served with the wraps a salsa.  Easy peasy and completely delicious.  (I could have used single cream instead of the coconut milk.)  The curry mix is mild and would be ok for people not into hot curries too.

3. 2 Bottles of The Good Cider of San Sebastian Craft Cider in Strawberry and Dry Apple Flavours (you can ask not to receive alcohol drinks in your box). Got to be good on a hot sunny day!  I gave these to my sn and daughter-in-law to enjoy in their garden.

4. We Made Lemonade one of two flavours, I got Strawberry & Lemon ideal for lunch breaks in the office, and here I am drinking it whilst uploading fresh vintage items to the yay retro! website to buy!  This tastes interesting and different. I got more lemonade than strawberry in flavour if I'm honest. I like the fact this has only 99 calories. It has just the right amount of sweetness which has been supplemented with Stevia sweetener.  

5. Kitkat Bites White large sharing bag. I put these in the fridge as we are having a hot spell at the moment, and we had them one evening in front of TV. They were delicious and we finished them off quickly! Each piece is about half the length of a regular Kitkat biscuit. Inside they have dark chocolate cream and a white wafer. Really lovely.

6. KitKat Senses Mix - gift box of chocolates. Woops - We ate these and forgot to take a photo! Each sweet is wrapped in foil and there are 3 flavours: Hazlenut, Slated caramel and double chocolate. They are all rich and delicious. What I really love is the internal packaging which opens up like a serving dish. This has a funky retro design on it, I am sure crafters could think of a 100 uses for this from making into gift tags to using it in collages. So lovely it's a shame to throw it away!  A great gift idea, I got  a box for my birthday and thought it was great.

7. 2 packs Brioche Pasquier PITCH rolls, one with chocolate centre, the other chocolate chip.  I had a couple of these as a sweetener after lunch today and they were really delicious.  Very light and airy with just the right amount of sweet chocolate inside, these are very yummy indeed.  I think that they would also be very nice as a dessert with custard on the top. Each one is wrapped in it's own packet so would be good for lunches and picnics. 

8. Say Aloe Reduced Sugar Drink, ideal for lunch breaks in the office, though I have to say this was far to sweet and cloying for me and I did not drink it.

9. Lucozade Energy Original Flavour Drink - Hubby had this at this at work

Searching 'Clearance' at yay retro!

This guy just searched 'Clearance' at yay retro! no wonder he looks excited!  I add fresh vintage wares to my clearance section every week which can be found by typing the word into the search box in my online shop or clicking here!  Find some fantastic offers and even job lots every week and know that I will combine postage wherever I possibly can with a manual refund once your parcel is packed, or set up a firm postage cost by emailing me your order

1950s and 60s Vintage Fish Dishes and Pictures For Sale

yay retro! I know that many people love vintage fish designs and so always try to keep several in stock to choose from. How about these stunning Italian fish dishes from the 1950/60s? These are perfect for ornaments or for serving nibbles at parties. The on on the right is absolutely huge at 40cm wide and so would make an impact wherever it was used or displayed!

I also have a lovely Alain Gree framed goldfish picture from the 1960s for sale along with a beautifully illustrated 1950s photo album with fish on it. I can imagine this would be ideal for scrapbooking too and am sure crafty types could think of a zillion uses for this.

These pottery fish make lovely ornaments, the fine matte glazed fish on the left has large red polka dots and is probably 1960/70s whilst the large blue fish on the left is a fun and huge goggle eyed and would be a good talking point - he's in my clearance section at the moment and is looking for a new home to swim in!  Search fish at yay retro! now.

UK Eurovision Contest Winning Kitchenalia and Homeware!

We are watching the Eurovision Song Contest this evening and Mr yay! wondered what vintage items were around when the UK won the contest.

It turns out the UK has won 5 times. In 1967 Sandie Shaw won with Puppet on a String. At the time Flower Power was all the rage and fantastic designs like this teapot were appearing in kitchens across the land. It's J&G Meakin's Topic pattern which was designed in 1967 by Alan Rogers.

In 1969 Lulu tied first place with Boom Bang-a-Bang. Psychedelic designs were all the rage and appeared on everything from china to fabulous linen wall hangings and tea towels.


In 1976 Brotherhood of Man won with Save all your Kisses for Me. Illustrations in the 70s were simply superb and many of today's vintage collectors buy up children's books and games like the one below for the graphics. 

1981 saw Bucks Fizz winning with Making Your Mind Up. Sweet, sugary imagery from the likes of Hollie Hobbie and Sarah Kay were in fashion at the time as seen on this child's apron.

That just leaves Katrina and the Waves with Love, Shine a Light winning in 1997. The 90s was a decade of vintage bears which appeared in books, prints and little ornaments such as the ones below.

Will SuRie will tonight with Storm? We wait and see! Pop in to yay retro!'s online vintage shop now for a lovely browse while we wait for voting to commence!

Jelly Jam Vintage Bag Review

There are many out there who swoon over handbags from Radley to Louis Vuitton, not me. I've never got the handbag thing, and until a couple of years ago and avoided carrying one at all.

However all this changed when I got into vintage and I saw the wonderful bags made by Ellie of Jelly Jam Vintage. Ellie makes bags from genuine vintage fabrics such as 1950s, 60s and 70s Barkcloth and Towelling and it's fair to say for someone who is not into bags I am completely hooked!

This is my collection so far, and it is yet to grow....

The top bags in the photo are ones I've chosen for each season, and they give me a lift every time I see them as they are so cheery and bright. I absolutely love flower power designs from the 60s and these bags are just a sheer joy for me to carry about!  Many of you may not consider these to be 'handbags' more a shopping bag? But for me they work brilliantly. Soft and strong, I can chuck anything and everything in and be comfortable and stylish.

I often get people stopping me to admire my bag and collectively we go into rapture about the wonderful mid century fabrics used to make them. Most people are amazed that fabrics like this can still be found in such wonderful condition. I always point them in the direction of Jelly Jam's Facebook and Etsy page. My most recent Jelly Jam Vintage acquisition is the 50s towelling bag at the bottom covered in crazy fish all nipping at eachother's tails. This is a large bag which I intend to use as a shopper, meaning I now go out with two fab vintage bags at once!  It would also be perfect when I go on holiday as a beach carry all bag.   

The smaller yellow and orange flowery barkcloth bag on the left is ideal when I want to go out with my my phone, sunglasses and a bit of cash. I tend to use this in the summer on hot days. I can sling it across my chest as it has a long strap.  The teeny towelling purse under was a wonderful surprise gift from Ellie in my parcel this week. It's so perfect as yet I am just looking at it and wondering whether to use it as a purse or makeup bag.  All the bags are lined with contemporary cotton, often polka dot to co-ordinate with the exterior vintage fabric and each has a little Jelly Jam Vintage label. Simply fabulous, you must get one!!

Why not pop in to the yay retro! online vintage shop while you are here and check out the vintage fabrics and more that I sell for your vintage styled home?

Go Shopping at Morrisons with your Vintage Tupperware from May 2018

In a bid to reduce the amount of plastics being discarded each day, UK supermarket Morrisons has just announced that customers can take along their own plastic containers to carry home fresh meat and fish from their butcher and fishmonger counters from this month.

This is along with a promise to make all of it's own brand plastic packaging recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. The supermarket is already planning to remove plastic packing from fruit and vegetable as a trial in some of it's stores, and will be getting rid of the black plastic trays used for meat and fish by 2019.

Take your Vintage Tupperware when you go Shopping!

Vintage lovers across the country are sure to be delighted that there's now another reason to flaunt their vintage Tupperware (aside from storing foods, lunch breaks, using it on picnics and when camping)...You can now take it shopping with you and help to reduce plastic waste. Simply shop at the fresh meat or fish counter in Morrisons, hand over your Tupperware and they will pop your food into your own container to take home, brilliant!

It's best to keep the containers you will be using for fresh meat and fish completely separate to prevent contamination with other cooked or raw foods, so you may wish to invest in another set of these fab retro plastic storage containers! Whether you love the 1960s pastel coloured or the 70/80s orange and yellow coloured Tupperware there's now even more reasons to buy vintage Tupperware from yay retro!  Pop in to my online vintage shop now to see what Tupperware I have in stock right now.

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