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Arthur Wood Brand added to Retropedia at yay retro!

Have you checked out the yay retro! Retropedia in the footer of the website?  Scroll down and take a look now as it is chock full of vintage brands pages....From Arabia Finland and Arcopal through to Poole Pottery and Wyncraft. This is what you're looking extensive list of vintage brands which is growing month by month....Simply click on the brand you are interested in.

People love to know the history of these makers and I have tried to give a little flavour of each, as well as including lots of photos of the items yay retro! has sold over the years of each company's work.  The Retropedia is also a 'go to place' to find out the stock levels of each maker at any one time.

Arthur Wood Vintage Brands Page

Yesterday I added a new page for Arthur Wood & Son. This shows you lots of the gorgeous items made by the company in the 1960s and 70s. Such as the fantastic range of money boxes in all different shapes from kangaroos to cats! one thing you may be interested to find out is that Arthur Wood bought Carlton ware, and so this must be one of the reasons why their money box ranges have a similar look to them! Why not visit the Arthur Wood Vintage brand page now?

5 Ideas with Vintage Lidded Preserve Pots!

yay retro! have a fantastic range of vintage lidded preserve pots for sale in our online vintage shop right now! I have pots for your Poole Pottery, Taunton Vale or Toni Raymond collections, vintage Sylvac & Villeroy & Bosch pineapple pots and even a pot shaped like a pear!  

With it being jam making season you are bound to be looking for a vintage jam or marmalade pot to serve at tea or breakfast times. Or perhaps you are more of a honey fiend, in which case our delightful Secla pots with a bee on the top will be right up your street.

5 ideas on how to use Lidded Preserve Jars

1. Store sugar in a lidded preserve jar; hand as you can leave the spoon in the jar too
2. Use as an ornament, many preserve jars are so pretty they look perfect on the mantelpiece
3. Use to store cotton buds in your bedroom or bathroom.
4. Give as a gift with homemade jam, birthdays or Christmas are always nicer with homemade gifts
5. Ring the changes and serve chutneys in a stylish vintage lidded pot

As you can see lidded pots are really handy things to have in your modern vintage home. They are a very affordable way to collect vintage wares and you can house lots of them in a display due to their compact size. Why not take a look at the preserve jars I have for sale at the moment? I can combine postage for you.

Buy Collectable Vintage Salt & Pepper Pots at yay retro!

Many people collect vintage salt & pepper pots along with novelty cruet sets. The yay retro! online vintage shop have many different collectable table ware that is sure to excite even the most discerning collector! From key brands and designers to quirky pots made to look like everyday objects, salt and pepper pot collecting is a popular hobby.

Why Collect Vintage Salt & Pepper Pots?

With many pots made to look like everyday objects and animals, S&P pots are the perfect way to collect kitsch ornaments to display on a shelf or in a printers tray styled arrangement. You can accommodate lots of salt & pepper pots in a small space! Don't worry, if you only find one of the pots and it works as an ornament, it's not a problem!

When you are keen on a particular mid century or 60/70s designer, salt and pepper pots can be an affordable way to add their work to your collection. Being small they can often be at an entry level price bracket.

If you do manage to find a pair of pots they look great at each end of a shelf or interacting with one another, like the Hornsea birds previously sold at yay retro! below. Plus of course you have the added advantage that can also use them every day at meal times if you wish!

Pineapple Salt & Pepper Pots 

Pineapples are currently all the rage and yay retro! are delighted to have several vintage pineapple shaped cruet sets in stock. We have several Villeroy & Bosch pots as well as a 1940s cruet set which includes a pineapple mustard pot and orange and lemon salt & pepper pots.

Carrying on the fruity theme, the wonderful 1940/50s set above has been made to look like oranges and comes with a little vintage mustard spoon. We think the set may have been made by Goebel.

Hornsea & Carltonware Salt & Pepper Pots

One of the most sought after vintage brands is Hornsea.  Their key designer in the 1970s was John Clappison who created a huge array of different patterns to collect. We adore the apple motif on the teak lidded pots below, as well as the quirky yellow striped pots in Clappison's Rainbow design on the right. Both of these would be a tremendous addition to your vintage dinner table!

Carltonware also created interesting salt and pepper pots which are now avidly collected. The lion pots below can be placed together when not in use to create a sphere shape. Alternatively pop them at each end of a shelf as ornaments. There are many different designs available in this range and yay retro! get them in as often as we can find them!

Salt & Pepper Birds

People adore anything with bird motifs and these bird salt and pepper pots are ideal for those vintage ornithologists amongst you!  These would make perfect gifts.  Choose from bird shaped salt and pepper pots or lovely vintage Avon milk glass pots with brightly coloured abstract birds on each side.

Beetleware from the 1950s

Beetleware is an early form of plastic which has it's own band of devotees. Vintage collectors who love a dash of minimalism mixed with top quality seek out this kind of tableware. It's really unusual to find a complete set, so we are delighted to have this superb red Beetleware cruet set available in the yay retro! shop to buy now!

Plastic & Melamine Salt & Pepper Pots from the 60s & 70s

With scientific improvements in production and stability, the 1960s brought along a wider range of plastics which quickly began finding their way into our homes. German companies such as Emsa brought out a huge range of bright colourful tableware in the 60s & 70s decorated with flowers which are still very much loved by vintage collectors today. They specialised in making pots which often came in baskets made to look like the real thing such as the boxed set below.

Gaydon Melmex a British company created superb minimal designs in a range of pastel and bright colours from blues to oranges. These are now very popular with vintage camper van and caravan owners who look for genuine vintage wares for their vans.

Quirky Vintage Salt Shakers made to look like other things!

Salt shakers were made in all sorts of shapes, this large sailors head is pretty amazing!  It was made by the Barn Pottery in Devon and looks to be 1940s in shape, however it could have been made as late as the 1970s. One thing is for sure he is a cheeky thing and would be really handy to have as a kitchen helper! The great thing is we have lots of matching items from this marvellous range and can combine postage.

1940s & 50s Salt & Pepper Pots

In amongst some of the older styles of salt and pepper pots yay retro! currently have for sale are this wooden set which comes on it's own little display shelf. Decorated with cockerels, this is a lovely piece of the 50s for you at a clearance price!! The black Art Deco set is made from glass and is really unique and a fab addition to a 40s styled home.  Why not pop in to yay retro! now and take a look at all of our salt and pepper pots?

Genuine Vintage Christmas Cards and Christmas Cake Decorations for sale!

Here at yay retro! I know how many of you just adore Christmas, and of course being lovers of vintage I know you love to celebrate with genuine vintage 1960/70s cards and decorations!  With that in mind I've added a huge array of vintage Christmas card packs to my online vintage shop.

Whether you are looking for kitsch 60s cards or more traditional ones, I have wonderful card packs which feature some stunning illustrations ready for you to send to friends and family, or to frame up and use as decorations. Of course robins feature strongly as we all cute 60s deer, mice, cats and dogs!

If you are buying a shop bought cake or making your own iced Christmas cake, you'll want to use some vintage decorations to being it to life. You might also want to use my tried and tested recipe for Christmas cake which is stunningly easy here.

My packs of vintage cake decorations include traditional woodland ones with deer and robins to funky skateboarding snowmen and adorable penguins.

Don't forget yay retro! also sells traditional vintage Christmas gift bags and wrap from the 1960/70s. I've included some lovely gift tags with these too and right now they are on offer!

If you take a look at my Christmas section by searching the word Christmas in my shop here, you'll also find  a vintage plastic holly wreath....

The most amazing little kitsch wooden deer candle holder in it's original box....(She is perfect as a year round ornament.).....

.....and even vintage bottlebrush Christmas trees which are perfect to pop on your mantelpiece with other Christmas inspired ornaments.

Now I know you are thinking this is all way too early, but with each Christmas item I sell being a vintage one off in the shop, it really is a first come first served situation and lots of you have already begun to buy for this years' Christmas festivities!  Why not snap up our sew your own vintage Christmas Fairy doll and get working on her now?

Shop at yay retro! for genuine vintage Christmas cards, wrap and decorations now.

New yay retro! Retropedia page for Carlton ware!

I've just launched a new page in my Retropedia on my website, for Carlton ware. This can be found in the footer of my site or by using this link: Carltonware at yay retro!

The page has a potted history of the Carlton ware brand and lots of photos of items I have sold in the yay retro! online vintage shop over the years. It is also a handy page for finding out how many items of this brand I have in stock at any one time.

Why not pay a visit now to find out more? In the meantime here is a picture of the elusive and most sought after Carltonware money box the Scandi styled bird which I have recently added to my own collection.

Vintage Money Boxes for sale at yay retro!

Vintage money boxes are a best seller at the yay retro! online vintage shop. So I always try to keep a great selection in stock. Brands such as Carltonware and Arthur Wood sell out very fast indeed as there are many collectors of these beautiful vintage money boxes and piggy banks. 

Money boxes come in many shapes and forms and can be used as ornaments as well as for saving your pennies and pounds. From the normal piggy bank shape to cats, dogs, tigers and even princesses there is sure to be something to attract you.

yay retro! has had Baldelli Italian pottery vintage cat money boxes and right now we even have a Halifax Pottery money box shaped like a Scandi chicken! Pop in and browse our vintage money boxes now.

Scandi Treat Giveaway at yay retro!

Scandi Treat Giveaway!
Place an order for *£15 or more today and tomorrow (11th/12th July) and receive a Scandi styled treat in your parcel! UK orders only, combined postage available. *exc. postage 

Pop in to now 

Why not try searching 'clearance' while you're there? Lots of fresh clearance priced items added....
Combined postage available as always.
Don't forget the yay retro! online shop is packed full of vintage treasures with new items being added daily, it' really is the home of  *VinTaGe HappiNeSS* and always worth a relaxing browse. Pay a visit today

Hope you're having lots of fun in the sun!
Sue xx

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

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