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Vintage Pineapples for sale at yay retro!

When you adore pineapples and vintage, then there's only one thing you're looking to buy and that's a vintage pineapple from the yay retro! online vintage shop. We've been busy sourcing vintage pineapples from the 1940s,50s, 60s & 70s for you and have some beauties on offer right now.  We have vintage pineapple preserve pots which can also be used for sugar, vintage pineapple salt and pepper pots and cruet sets, a pineapple cup and saucers and even some pineapple tea towels.



With vintage pineapple makers such as Villeroy & Boch, Myott, Sylvac & Eastgate Pottery (Hornsea) you're posint for choice, pop in to the yay retro! shop now and fill your boots - combined postage available.

Worcester ware Sea Dreams Fish Coasters in stock now



yay retro! are delighted to have the Worcester ware Savoy coasters in stock from the Sea Dreams range.  We know how many people love these as artworks and ornaments, so have put them up for sale individually as we have successfully done before. If you want more than one, don't worry combined postage will be refunded.  Find Worcester ware mats for sale at yay retro! here.

People adore the 1960/70s illustrations of Goldfish, Plaice and Sardines on these metal front and cork backed mats, and they are never in our online vintage shop for long!

Vintage Fathers Day Gifts



Vintage Fathers Day Gifts available from £5.50 at yay retro! Posting Monday 12th for you....Think bottles of beer in a milk bottle carrier, beer with funky vintage Worcester ware coasters, vintage Kodak cameras, Sergeant Pepper, framed and ready to go in his office, Mosaic Fish - you can't go wrong with fish!, Cheese or Cake (yum) delivered in a fabby teak dome, or nibbles in a fab vintage orange plastic and teak nibbles tray. Or how about an 80s Cowboy cup and plate set! Prices from £5.50 at www.yayretro.co.uk

New Brands Pages in the yay retro! Retropedia

Pleased to have added a few more brands pages to the yay retro! Retropedia this week. You'll find a whole host of vintage brands from Arcopal to Wyncraft on these special pages of my website. To find the Retropedia, simply scroll to the bottom of the site and in the footer you will find all the different brands represented. Click on the brand of your choice to find out information about the history, many of their products, descriptions and names of patterns, the designers working with the brand and some of the products made.  I always discuss items yay retro! are selling right now or have sold in the past.


A classic vintage Galt Toys Picture Lotto Game in the yay retro! shop and Retropedia

I am in the process of adding new Retropedia pages as I know by looking at my website stats how often people like to read and refer to the information there. A couple of pages have been added this week for Galt Toys and Arabia of Finland and I will be working on Worcester ware soon. 

A link to Galt Toys in the Retropedia

A link to Arabia, Finland in the Retropedia


Arabia, Finland Primavera Coffee Pot which is in the yay retro! shop and Retropedia.

Collecting & Buying Mid Century Siamese Cats

One of the most popular vintage animal ornaments being collected by yay retro! customers are cats. Mid century cats are most often tall Siamese cats which can come singly or in pairs. Some were made in Japan for the gift and souvenir market, whilst others were made by well known local pottery brands such as Hornsea & Trentham. Vintage cat ornaments can date from the 1950s, 60s or 70s.

Kitsch, flowery 1960s cats are fun and almost always snapped up quickly by eager collectors. Probably designed for the holiday souvenir & fairground market, these come in all shapes and sizes and look fantastic displayed singly or in large groups.

The Hornsea cats (below top left) were designed by Marion Campbell and come in 3 or 4 sizes from small to large. People are always looking out for particular ones to complete their collection.



Trentham Pottery Cats (above middle right) can be straight forward Siamese or bright orange and turquoise glazed, both are really lovely and are popular gift buys at yay retro!  

Extra special cat ornaments from the 1960s would be the more abstract and minimal cat designs such as Elizabeth Skipworth's Lotus Pottery Cat (below top right), The Baldelli Italy cat which comes in bright orange, lime and blue glazes (below bottom right) and Celtic Pottery cats designed in Newlyn, Cornwall by Bill Fisher (above bottom left). Arthur Wood created a Baldelli styled money box cat which can be seen below (middle left).



Stylised minimalist cats are always at a premium and the one by Blue Mountain, Canada (above bottom left) is absolutely superb. This flat faced design with it's long curving tail was only in the yay retro! shop for minutes before being bought by a regular cat collector.

We are not at sure about the date of the minimal cat above top left, however he certainly has the right look for any vintage cat lover. If you have any info on him please feel free to email me hello@yayretro.co.uk.

In the 60s Brandy Glass vases became a much loved ornament, with a siamese cat climbing up the side of the glass and a terrified praying mouse sitting inside. These are now much sought after as a complete set, and it's rare to find all the pieces together as seen in the one below which is for sale at yay retro! now.  Search 'cat' at yay retro! by clicking here.




Vintage Pineapples For Sale

Pineapples became a 'thing' in the 18th Century when growing them in Europe became possible with the invention of special pineapple growing houses. They were exceptionally expensive to produce however, and a fresh fruit could cost up to £8000 in today's money. Because of this wealthy people would often rent a fresh pineapple to put on their dinner tables to wow their guests! 

Eventually we began importing pineapples to the UK, and canning them, which meant that more and more people could eat them. During 1st and 2nd world wars however, imported foods became rare to non-existent, and the pineapple once again became a treasured fruit.

An array of Vintage Pineapples for sale at yay retro! can be seen below:



This is probably the reason why it became a sought after ornament in the 1950s when rationing came to an end and foods were again being imported. Such was the excitement of this gorgeous tropical fruit being available in the shops again, it became a symbol of prosperity and 'the good times' in many people's homes.

Pineapples were designed as preserve pots, salt & pepper pots, vases, candlestick holders, ice buckets and even drinks containers for cocktails.

In the more affluent homes, the plastic pineapple ice bucket was a must-have item, it showed you were affluent enough to have a home freezer - something which was exceedingly rare at the time. For those fortunate enough to have a bar in their sideboards or even an actual bar area, entertaining at home became all the rage in the 60s with well stocked drinks cabinets and fancy drinking glasses denoting the fact that you had 'made it' to your neighbours. Glasses were often decorated with pineapples, lemons, oranges and cherries - all fruits included in cocktails.

For the more reserved home, the pineapple would still make an appearance, this time as a preserve jar, and companies such as Sylvac, Goebel and Villeroy & Boch all made Pineapple shaped tablewares.  With the current vintage revival, the pineapple motif has once again come to the fore and is one of the most popular items to buy in the yay retro! vintage shop. Why not search Pineapple in our shop now?

Vintage 1960/70s Wooden Play Tray Jigsaws For Sale

Many people buy vintage jigsaws from the yay retro! online vintage shop. We sell genuine vintage jigsaws from the 1960s, 70s and 80s which are illustrated by artists such as Dick Bruna and Gwyneth Mamlock.  One of the most sought after brands is of course Galt Toys with collectors seeking out the very best jigsaws to put on display in their homes, as well as to give to their children and grandchildren play with.  We are always adding fresh designs to the yay retro! website, with this stunning red squirrel and cute mouse being currently available by Galt.



The most popular type of jigsaw tends to be the wooden play tray with lift out pieces.  These are particularly loved when there are pictures revealed inside when the pieces are removed. At the moment I have 3 EJ. Arnold jigsaws which have beautiful interiors and are sure to delight both adults and children alike. One is a house with rooms inside, another is a bedroom and finally a must-have kitchen unit jigsaw....



You can see the appeal of these in the pictures below which show before and after shots... taking the pieces out is like opening up the cupboards to reveal what is kept inside which feels very exciting. EJ. Arnold are famous for creating educational toys for schools and health professionals, and this series of jigsaws come in stunning vintage condition.  



Another popular vintage toy maker is Willis Toys, We love the cottage jigsaw for it's bright primary colours and the way it mirrors the work of Dick Bruna of Miffy fame. We think many of your will like to pop this one on display on a shelf. The car jigsaw is ideal to teach children about size and matching. Crafters among you might like to make the cars into brooches - a popular use of vintage wooden jigsaw pieces from play trays.



Thinking of brooch making the woodland scene jigsaw - below left - would be perfect for this. In wonderful condition the pieces are the perfect size and feature little animals and birds.  Search for jigsaws at yay retro! now by using this link, I can combine postage for you.



We've just set up a new brand page in our Retropedia for Galt Toys, why not check it out here?

Ultra Rare Worcesterware Sea Dreams Teapot Stand for Sale in Box



yay retro! is delighted to have this incredibly rare teapot stand made by Worcester ware in the 1960/70s for sale in our online vintage shop. Decorated with two sardines, the design is from the highly sought after Sea Dreams range. This comes in it's original box and is in superb condition. Ideal to hang on a wall as an artwork or to use every day this is vintage at it's best! Take a look and buy here. Even the box is beautiful on this wonderful vintage item. The front of the stand is metal and the back is cork.

Quick Fixes to make your Kitchen Look 1950/60s

If you live in a new home as I do, you may despair at how to make your kitchen look more vintage.  I adore the 1950s/60s look of plain cabinets with chrome D shaped handles, however my kitchen had extra long thin brushed chrome handles. With the screw holes being placed miles apart I assumed I would never be able to replace them with something more vintage looking. Happily an online search unearthed these chrome handles which although larger than the originals, at least have the right look (see pic on right below).  


Vintage kitchens as found in the Fifties House book by House & Garden (on left of this pic).

I have then added heaps of vintage table and cookware from my online vintage shop, yay retro! which has moved the room towards the look I dream of. Items such as Vintage storage jars to house all my kitchen utensils, Scandinavian oven dishes used as fruit bowls when not in the oven, and my prized Poole Pottery biscuit barrel all go to making the room look more vintage. I also use enamel flowery saucepans which make cooking more fun! One day I will paint the units a green or blue colour, and add a coloured formica worktop to make it look even more authentic.

On the other side of the room I have space for a free standing vintage kitchen unit, this one was originally made in 1957, and has been completely renovated by Resto-worx of Redruth, Cornwall. I keep all of my plates, vintage Pyrex and cookware inside this, and it has a fold down worktop which acts as a spare work surface... perfect in my very small kitchen. I commissioned Meadow-Made Vintage in Norfolk to make some simple shelves for the wall, and these are used to display yet more of my vintage collection. To complete the look I've added a genuine vintage vegetable rack which I use for recycling and a vintage 60s stool for when guests come.  If you would like to buy vintage kitchen wares for your home why not pop in to yay retro! online now by clicking here?



Make your Contemporary Dining Room look more 1950/60s

I've been reading the 'Fifties House' Book by House & Garden which looks at post war home design, and have been inspired to move my furniture about to create a more 50s look in my dining room. Something I noticed in the vintage rooms was that they had block shaped sideboards, often putting them side by side to create a minimal look for storage and display (see bottom pictures).  I have two minimal John Lewis sideboards which I had in different parts of my lounge diner, they were really annoying me with the 'contemporariness', however by standing them together under the window, I think they've given the room a much more 50s look and also made the space look wider.

I now have a long clean run to put my vintage ornaments and glassware on display which makes the room look less cluttered.  If you have a sideboard or side table, why not try putting the pieces together like this?



Another change I had previously made was with the dining room furniture. The table is a simple modern one from MFI before it closed down. This came with tall leather clunky chairs (all very 1990/2000s)....I gave these away and instead invested in some simple 1960s kitchen chairs which matched the table colour much better and made the room look much larger as they do not dominate.

Without spending too much money, these small alterations have given me the look I would like.  I've then added vintage tableware from my online vintage shop yay retro! , this includes 1960s table mats and cookware, 1950s glassware and knives, along with some vintage fabric napkins. If you would like to take a look at all the lovely vintage wares on sale at yay retro! to give your home some vintage pzazz, click here.

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