In the 1960s and 70s people across Great Britain were drinking their tea and coffee out of a wide range of bright and colourfully illustrated mugs. From all manner of flowers to abstract patterns, animal designs and quirky illustrations. Pretty much everyone had their favourite mug or mugs!
Today we are used to the whole 'mug thing', but back in the day it was a really new idea. Previously people had used cups and saucers for their tea & coffee breaks. However with more women going out to work there was less time for washing up fiddly cups and their saucers. There was also a desire to break with the traditions of their parents, so that young people and families were keen to embrace the mug as the 'go to' way to have their caffeine fix.
Suddenly mugs of every size were everywhere and the most popular makers were the Staffordshire Potteries. They created many flower power designs in orange, purples, pinks, yellow and blues with new ones seemingly being created week by week if the amount of designs we find if we look hard enough today, is anything to go by.
Makers included Staffordshire Potteries, Kilncraft & Royal Alma and all of these are highly prized by vintage collectors today. Also it is worth keeping an eye open for mugs for children with animal illustrations on them as collectors love these. If you are very lucky you can even find 1960s mugs wth nursery rhyme characters and 1970s mugs with icons such as Miffy on them. Search 'mug' at yay retro! now, combined postage available.
yay retro! specialise in selling top quality vintage wares from the 1960s and 70s. If Flower Power is your thing, then yay retro! is the place you'll love to shop! One of the top vintage brands I sell is Taunton Vale pottery and melamine kitchenwares. Made in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, the brand created the finest quality melamine including kitchen towel holders, utensil racks, trays and chopping boards. Smothered in bright blue, orange, red and yellow daisies some of the items are so adorable they simply need to put on display to bring a ray of sunshine to your home!
The range also included pottery such as storage jars, lidded sugar pots and rolling pins. I have a Taunton Vale vintage brands information page in my Retropedia which can be found in the footer of my website. This handy page not only has heaps of great photos, it has a mini history and also shows you the availability of Taunton Vale items on the yay retro! website at any one time.
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Visit the Taunton Vale page in the yay retro! Retropedia using this link. Many people who love 1950s, 60s and 70s style insist on using Prestige, Skyline utensils in their kitchens. These iconic utensils are central to our collective memories in the UK, as practically every family had them and heaps of people are still using them. They are available in all different colour ways from yellow & green striped to red and cream, orange and sky blue. It's actually a lovely idea to mix and match the colours and I know many yay retro! customers do so. There are also utensils which have Scandi styled patterns on them.
The kinds of utensils available include vegetable or potato mashers, straining, measuring and lifting spoons, fish slices and palette knives, meat forks and tomato slicers. More unusually I get in Skyline sieves and utensil racks, batter whips, pastry crimpers and pastry blenders.
Some of the utensils I get in are made by Nutbrown & Rosti Mepal. These can easily be used alongside the Skyline utensils as they are of a similar size and quality. Occasionally I find Skyline utensils racks which are chrome. Taunton Vale floral melamine racks are also ideal for hanging up utensils so it's always worth taking a look at the shop to see if I have any. Why not check out all the vintage kitchen utensils I have for sale now, I can combine postage for you via manual refund after purchase, OR get in touch before ordering and I will set up a special order with the correct postage for you to pay.
yay retro! have lots of vintage Miffy toys and table ware for sale in our online vintage shop at the moment. Designed by Dick Bruna in 1955, Miffy the rabbit has found worldwide love and admiration and so I always try to have some vintage Miffy in stock for you to buy. My favourite items are the Playcraft mug, bowl, mug and plate. These were created in the 1970s and are in stunning condition, making ideal gifts for a child or collector.
I also have a very rare Miffy plate made in the 90s for Unicef, celebrating World Peace. If you are looking for cost-effective Miffy items then why not snap up a little vintage framed picture? These are priced at only £6.50 and come in a new box frame!
I know many collectors love to give the wooden Dick Bruna jigsaws as gifts, and many more of you use them as ornaments and pictures in your vintage styled homes. Choose from a teddy or Miffy and her dad flying an aeroplane.
If you are looking for cost effective ready framed vintage or retro pictures then yay retro! is the place to shop! I have so many gorgeous pictures by top 1960/70s illustrators for sale, and they are all ready mounted in top quality frames.
I've purposely chosen white box frames for my pictures as these can be stood on a shelf or hung on the wall, plus being white they will match any room colour scheme. Why not take a look in the yay retro! shop now for framed pictures? Click here to see my framed retro pictures now, and remember all can be sent with combined postage for you (via a manual refund after purchase).
Previous customers have hung thees on the wall, stood on shelves and sideboards, mantelpieces or given as gifts. Why not join them?
Much of what yay retro! sells in our online vintage shop are one offs or rarities not often found. An item can be for sale one minute and gone the next, never to be seen again or at least not for 6 months or so! If you see something you love, it's certainly worth snapping it up before the next vintage collector comes along! Pop in to yay retro! today for a relaxing 1960s/70s browse and shop by clicking here.
yay retro! sell vintage kitchenware, tableware, fabrics, bedding, toys, ornaments and books from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s and a smattering of 80s and 90s too! With the party season upon us, it's time to stock up your retro bar at home with vintage glassware! yay retro! have some superb sets of 1950, 60s & 70s glasses in stock at the moment, which are ideal for your home or to give as a gift.
This set of Chesterfield wine flutes come in their original bright orange box and are unused. Their bright colours just 'sing' out the 1950/60s and they would be ideal with a glass of sparkling wine. Simply cack open the fizz and party! (Would work with white white, port and sherry too).
This boxed set of dog tooth or hounds tooth check glasses come with their own decanter. I would imagine someone was given this as a wedding gift and tucked it away in the back of a cupboard as it has never come out of the box. This 1960s gift set would be the perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas!
We adore this 1950s Atomic glasses rack. It comes with a boxed set of vintage polka dot glasses. I defy you to resist their charm! This would be a superb item to have on your sideboard ready for a tipple or two!
If you are looking for a quirky affordable gift why not give this Wyncraft teak rack with 4 frosted yellow 1950s glasses inside? It's only £8 ! Pop in to yay retro! now and search 'glasses'.
yay retro! have a superb collection of vintage Rosti Mepal melamine wares in stock at the moment all at clearance prices. I can combine postage with these not to be missed bargains. Ideal for your caravan or camper van, be the envy of your fellow glampers with these fantastic melamine wares! I have dinner plates, dishes, cups, saucers and mixing / serving bowls. Everything you need to get your picnic dinners sorted.
If you love Flower Power kitchenalia, then Taunton Vale must be one of your must-have, favourite brands. Made in the 1960s and 70s in Wiveliscombe in Somerset, these stunning pottery and melamine wares are perfect for today's vintage styled kitchen. We've come up with the top 6 Taunton Vale items all of which are for sale in the yay retro! vintage shop here now.
Taunton Vale TraysThese came in round, oval(ish) and a long slim rectangle format. Smothered in orange, red, yellow, dark or light blue flower patterns. Collected by 100s of vintage lovers, they are often displayed as artworks on the wall! Pop on display by propping on a shelf, using tacks or by attaching special large adhesive plate hangers to the back. Or use as an every day tray if you like!
Taunton Vale Spice RacksOne of my most favourite things, these are easily attached to the wall using the holes provided, yet just as easily stand on a shelf or worktop for easy access to all your cooking condiments!
Taunton Vale Chopping BoardsIt's really exciting when you find a superb condition vintage melamine chopping board! I think this happens when one is unearthed that was perhaps an unwanted wedding present, which has been tucked away for years. Again they make superb artworks hung on the wall with a bit of ribbon. Also useful for serving cheese etc. The extra large work saver sized chopping boards are superb for propping up behind your cooker hob to cover unsightly tiles (remove prior to using the hob though!)
Taunton Vale Preserve PotsJam, marmalade, honey and sugar can all be popped into one of these adorable lidded pots. Alternatively use as an ornament anywhere in your home. Given the choice I'd have Taunton Vale in every room in the house!
Taunton Vale CookwareThe company made many useful items for home baking such as flan dishes and rolling pins, as well as storage jars and sugar/flour shakers. Cooking need need be a chore when surrounded by flowery bakeware like these!
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If you are looking for the perfect 1960/70s gift then yay retro! is the place to shop. My range of vintage money boxes are superb, both as ornaments or places to save your pennies and pounds! Check out the collectable piggy banks I have for sale now including an Arthur Wood Dog, an outstanding Carltonware Bird and an adorable Princess. Adults and children alike love these making them the perfect gift idea! Search 'money' at yay retro! now, for these and many more fabulous vintage money boxes.