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Buy Vintage Christmas Decorations at yay retro!

yay retro! have a good range of vintage Christmas decorations for sale at the moment, many of them at very low prices which makes them extra affordable!  From the very sought after genuine vintage bottle brush trees I have available to vintage tinsel and Christmas tree ornaments, you are sure to find something appealing on my vintage online shop.

These amazing tinsel candle Christmas ornaments are just the thing to add pzazz to your tree. Why not combine them with these crazy santa ornaments?

I also have some gorgeous vintage Christmas tree fairies or angels dating from the 1950s, 60s and 70s!  Why not search 'Christmas' at yay retro! today?

Mid Century Italian Pottery for sale at yay retro!

If you love 1950s styling, then you are sure to love and seek out Italian Pottery from the era. yay retro! has a lovely range of Mid Century Italian pottery for sale in our online shop at the moment. These include a vase, bottle, dish in a key rack and an ornamental dish. Marcello Fantoni in style, these sgraffitio red, black, yellow and blue are sure fire additions to your collection.

Add to this the Alessio Tasca dishes there is something for everyone and also some superb gift ideas. I particularly loved the Scandi styled dish with a family of people looking out of the window, and the super large fish serving dish I have for sale right now at yay retro! Shop now for Mid Century Italian pottery.

What is it like to go to the filming of the Antiques Roadshow?

The Antiques Roadshow were filming today (13.9.18) at Buckfast Abbey in Buckfastleigh, Devon.  I was keen that if I had a free day I would pop along, and with the beautiful sunshiny, balmy Autumn weather it was the perfect day to attend.  Here is a description of the day, what we saw and what we found out, plus some tips on taking your objects to be valued.

The gates opened at 9.30am and my husband and I were there at 9.35am. Already the car park was filling up nicely.  As it was, we meandered down a leafy lane and joined the orderly queue in the lovely Buckfast Abbey gardens. We waited for 4.5 hours, snaking gently around the lawns to get to reception. We then queued a further hour to meet the valuers. It was all very amiable and the stewards were friendly and chatty, however I did so wish I’d thought to bring a chair and a picnic!

Whilst waiting we took it in turns for a wander, I saw the glass expert, Andy McConnell being filmed with a man and his selection of blue glassware. Fiona Bruce having a chat with one of the shows presenters and some of the other valuers meeting people 1:1. I couldn't hear what was being said as I was a bit too far back, but it was really interesting to see how they make the programme. If you wanted to go along simply to watch you would definitely be able to amble from table to table to see and hear what was happening and to watch some of the filming. 

Once at the reception we were directed with a pass card to the right umbrella under which sat our valuer. We were allowed to show just 3 items as it was a busy day. My husband took my Nan’s necklace to the jewellery person and I had two oriental pieces for the ceramics expert from my Grampy and Gran. 

Here I am with David Battie who is an expert on ceramics, particularly with Japanese and Chinese antiques. It was just chance that I was seen by him, and it couldn't have been a better outcome since my items were from China and Japan. First up was a little jug brought back from China by my Grampy during WW2, he was in the navy. This was made early 20th century and was worth the a few pounds as I expected.

The second item which has been handed down through my Gran's side was a large vase with blue birds flying over chrysanthemums with irises and other flowers all round. It's a really pretty vase but I just keep it packed away. Until last night I thought it was British, but noticed a small oriental mark painted on the bottom at the side when I took a closer look.  Turns out David knew right away the signature was for Soijei Kinkozan, and it was made in Kyoto, Japan and dates around the 1880s. I got quite excited when David pointed out that the gold decoration was all real, especially as he pondered for quite a while saying what a lovely example it was. Alas I didn't get my spot on TV though! It's value turned out to be quite small, but it was brilliant to find out who created it, where and when, and it was definitely worth the wait to find out. It's been in the the family for years with none of us knowing anything about it.

The necklace my husband showed the Jewellery expert turned out to be a large beautifully cut citrine from the 1880s rather than a diamond, so we won't be retiring any time soon!

My top tips for taking items to be valued at the filming of an Antiques Roadshow

  • Arrive 1 - 2 hours before the gates open to be sure of being ahead of the queue - though it’s worth noting that as long as you are in the queue by 5pm you should hopefully be seen by an expert.
  • Wear sunglasses and take a hat and an umbrella ideal for all weathers, (I forgot all but glasses!)
  • Take a folding chair, a flask and a picnic as you will be on your feet for much of the day (I forgot all of this as well!)
  • Go to the loo early on, they got busier as the day wore on!
  • Go with a friend so that they can hold your space in the queue when you need a drink or break, and so that you can wander and see the valuers at work and some of the filming.

  • Going with a friend also means you can split up and show different genres of item for valuation. 
  • It might be an idea to group your items so that you don’t have to queue too many times; for us we had a piece of jewellery and two pieces of ceramics. So we joined one valuation queue each.
  • Make a note of what your expert says, as in all the excitement it’s easy to forget everything!
  • Some people took retro items (see below), I didn't think to do this!!

This particular filming session will be made into two episodes and be shown between a few months and a year from 13.9.18 - I wonder if you'll see me queuing in the background?!  

Pop into the yay retro! online vintage shop here for fab 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s homewares

New Vintage Shop Categories at yay retro! to Explore

I've changed a few things in the yay retro! online vintage shop. Now if you wish to find anything at all for the kitchen including teapots, cups and saucers and mugs they will be found in the Vintage Kitchen section.

This has allowed me to add a new category of lovelies for sale, namely 60s Inspired Crochet. As you'll know if you've been following yay retro! on social media, I've been selling handmade crocheted items for a month or so, and I am adding to this range. The hot water bottle covers and pot stands are very popular and I have also added Flower Power pin cushions in usable cups and saucers as well as gorgeous cotton table runners with a Scandi feel.


Items may appear in several categories at once, so crochet would also appear in Vintage Textiles, and it is gift worthy it will be found in Vintage Gifts too.  

You can also search for vintage bargain items which are for sale between £1 and £10 including postage. These are listed in price order, so it's always worth have a browse through as fresh items may have been added since your last visit. All other categories have remained the same. Go shopping at yay retro! now - FREE UK mainland and NI postage, with a FREE gift for orders over £25 while stocks last.

Amazing Mid Century Abstract Vinyl Bag For Sale- Ideal Film Prop

This superb mid century vinyl bag is a fantastic find and available now in the yay retro! vintage shop. Totally unique the design brings to mind the Atomic abstract patterns by Lucienne Day and David Whitehead. It is very sculptural and would perhaps be called a bucket bag as it shapes make me think of this. I have been unable to find another online, making me think this super rare item could be from an individual couturier or fashion house? If you know anything do let me know!

It would be a fantastic film or theatre prop to create the authentic 1950s look. You may wish to use this as your every day bag or perhaps use it in your home for a plant? Whichever way you use it, this is a talking point and something NOT to be missed. Shop for this 1950s bag now!

Arthur Wood Pottery from the 1960/70s - The best!

I think one of the most wonderful potteries in the 1960/70s has to be Arthur Wood.  Their range of quirky animal money boxes, wall mounted string holders and bird shaped dishes are just so wonderful!

All hand painted and almost certainly sold in holiday areas and the like as souvenirs, they include some of the greatest patterns and designs.  This lady who is really a money box has been the inspiration for many a contemporary designer. 

The company made several piggy bank designs in the shape of pigs, but its the dogs and cats I love the most. They come in all sorts of patterns and I know that there are many collectors of these out there.

The cats in particular seem to emulate those by Baldelli which were being made at the time in Italy.

The bird dishes come in several designs, again making them highly sought after. They are large enough to hold a few eggs, a plant or just as a stand alone ornament.

The most unusual Arthur Wood bird I've found is this wall mounted Letter Rack, simply exquisite, right now this one is a keeper for obvious reasons!

Another rarity is this flower shaped wall mounted string holder which sold immediately in the yay retro! online vintage shop.  Check out the Arthur Wood designs available for sale at yay retro! now. These include vases, storage jars, money boxes and more.

Buy Vintage Glasses Online

yay retro! have a great range of vintage glasses for sale at the moment and experience of sending glassware safely through the post.  You can easily find out what vintage glass I have for sale by using this link.  I have recently added some great complete sets such as these 1930/40s fine blue glasses.  A set of six these remind me of vaseline or Depression glass which of course is green. The gorgeous blue on these make them superb as display items when not in use and all are in great condition, making them a superb gift idea.

By contrast these 1970s Caithness glasses are from the Canisbay range. Their heavyweight bulbous forms bring to mind Scandinavian glasses such as those from Holmgaard. These collectable glasses would be ideal for your retro bar at home.

A wonderful recent find was a complete set of 6 vintage glasses with the Pony logo on them.  Pony was labelled 'The drink with a kick" back in the 1970s and was made especially for women when pubs and clubs were frequented mostly by men, alien as that seems today.  These fine glasses have gold rims and are super appealing. Again being a complete set make them very unusual. Babycham collectors or those interested in all things equestrian are sure to love them!  Check out all things glass in the yay retro! online vintage shop here.

1960s Framed Illustrations at yay retro!

I just love the little range of framed vintage 1960s illustrations I've just added to the yay retro! online shop.  There are only 4 of these beauties available, so do pop in to grab one or two!  My favourites have to be the kitchen and lounge scene. I would do anything for a sky blue kitchen and the styling of the lounge is incredible with it's Atomic coffee table and cheese plant! Use this link to see which framed images I have in stock now.

How to Use Vintage Trays & Chopping Boards Around Your Home

yay retro! sell genuine vintage melamine trays and chopping boards and they prove very popular with our vintage loving customers.  There are obvious uses for each of these items, but many people including myself actually extend their use around our homes.  I personally adore Taunton Vale trays from the 1960s and 70s because the designs are so uplifting and bright.  I use them as pictures in my kitchen. The lip on the back means that a couple of well placed brass tacks in the wall will hold the tray firmly in place.  As you'll see this is a very attractive, cost effective Flower Power artwork.


Praesidium vintage trays from the 60s & 70s are equally delicious. I use mine as a frame to my ever changing vintage & retro display in my dining room. I've simply leant it against the wall on top of my sideboard and it serves to show off my ornaments which include Figgjo Flint Clupea, Italian pottery and also modern day pieces from places like Tiger.

My vintage melamine chopping boards are never used for chopping as they are too precious!  The one seen below stands on my kitchen shelves and again acts as a backdrop to my vintage cookware. I've held this and the melamine pot stand with orange flowers safely in place with some blutac. I particularly like the Taunton Vale chopping board which is designed to look like a bouquet of flowers - this is my all time favourite design.

Another Taunton Vale tray stands behind my kettle, making it more of a feature.  This round tray has pale blue daisies and is quite simply adorable. You can use trays in this way to cover up unsightly plug sockets etc.

The same design is available in yellow in a rectangular format.  I use this one to cover a watermark on my wooden worktop and to house my Crown Devon Storage jars which I use as utensil holders. 

I am also very lucky to have found a large Taunton Vale flowery worktop saver. Again I never use this for chopping or preparing food as for me this is a work of art! Instead I use it to cover the tiles behind my hob, (obviously I remove it whenever I turn the hob on.)  It really shows off my vintage enamel pan which I leave on display when I am not cooking. 

If you would like to invest in a vintage melamine chopping board or tray check my stock in the yay retro! shop, I regularly get items in, however they do sell quickly, so if there is nothing available that you like right now come back to check again soon!  Vintage trays & Chopping Boards were made by brands such as Marks & Spencers, Taunton Vale, Cloverleaf & Praesidium.  Use these helpful links:  Vintage Trays at yay retro & Vintage Chopping Boards at yay retro

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