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Vintage Caravan & Camper Van Decorations Review



Truly for You recently got in touch about the vintage caravan and camper van decorations that they make and sell. I was intrigued and asked them to send some over for me to take a peek and review. I have to say that I was delighted when they arrived and so was more than happy to write a review of their lovely handmade decorations.  I am going to be chatting and finding out more about the Vintage Caravan ornament (which looks just like a Sprite 400) and the VW Splitty Camper Van ornaments here as these two 1960/70s designs are both ideal for followers of the yay retro! online vintage shop.




Truly for You was set up in 2010 by Kim and Richard who live in The Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.  Along with Julie, they make and send lots of different styled plaster cast decorations, which can be used to celebrate special events, anniversaries, wedding days, birthdays and Christmas. As you can see, the ornaments arrive safely wrapped in a lovely flat box which fits through your letter box (so no waiting in for your postman!) 



They design the original ornament in plasticine or other modelling materials, then Richard makes a mould. Richard or helper Julie cast the items in an ornament grade plaster, then Julie and Kim paint them. This means that each vintage styled van ornament is totally handmade, hand painted and decorated and utterly original.

As you can see each ornament can be personalised to the customer’s requirements.  I asked if I could have a camper van with yay retro! written on it, and since I sell online I came up with a number plate to reflect this. I was particularly impressed by Kim's choice of font which is a close match to the one that the yay retro! brand uses. I also thought the sparkly, glitter headlights were a cute touch.



As you can see, the vans are hand painted and so this means you can make a special request to match your particular caravan or campervan's colour way if you wish. I adore this sky blue caravan decoration as pastel blues are 'in' at the moment. Twinned with the flower power curtains this super-cute vintage ornament has found a home in my office, I just wish I actually had a vintage caravan in reality!

I asked Kim if they have a van and she told me:  "Many years ago when our son was small we bought a 1960s fabulous 9 foot caravan. We gutted it and lined it with oak veneered ply wood, painted the ceiling as a sky and fitted it out beautifully … but it wasn’t to be, Richard didn’t enjoy towing and we didn’t have the funds for a camper. I still dream of having a camper as we love visiting France and especially Italy."

Since you can have anything written on Truly for You's ornaments they are a great gift idea and way of marking special occasions. Vintage Van Christmas decorations are a huge seller for them, as well as Baby’s First Christmas and Wedding Days where people often buy them as wedding favours (as they can be personalised they can double up as name place card). 

Apparently Truly for You have also produced large runs of items for various businesses including Haven Holidays - they ordered Caravans and Beach Huts for their annual conferences. They also supply camper van decorations to White Dub Weddings VW who hire their van "Gracie" for weddings and events in Dorset & the New Forest. These are given to Brides and Grooms as a thank you for hiring "Gracie" for their wedding. Truly for You have supplied lots of other businesses too and are happy to offer generous discounts for large orders. 

It's worth noting that you can make a special request for special order designs too.



above and below...Vintage Camper Van Christmas and Wedding decorations, complete with the date. Don't forget you can have pretty much any message on your van decoration.



If you would like to buy a Truly for You vintage camper van or vintage caravan decoration you can find out more and buy at Truly for You, Amazon and Etsy. Currently Kim and Richard are developing more vintage and retro styled items to add to their range as well as launching mermaid and unicorn keepsakes. 

Whilst you're here, why not go shopping for genuine vintage homewares at yay retro! ? 

An in depth look at Vintage Caravans and The Retro Caravan Club

Many people who buy from the yay retro! online vintage shop are keen vintage caravan or camper van owners. One such customer is Cameron who is one of the people who set up and runs The Retro Caravan Club - a fantastic, upbeat and welcoming organisation for owners of vintage caravans.  Have a read of this in depth blog post about caravans from the 1950s, 60s and 70s and find out more about how you could get involved. Many thanks indeed to Cameron, who has sent over some amazing photos of his extensive retro caravan collection and taken the time to answer the questions below about the vintage & retro caravan scene.


above....Cameron's 1963 Sprite Alpine, beautifully renovated inside and out with it's original features intact

Tell me about your caravans, how many you have, why you got into them, how long it takes to renovate one and why you have so many?

I'm not sure how many I have! I have around 10-15, though it varies as they have a habit of following me home! I've caravanned all my life, since I was two weeks old. My Grandparents are very hardy caravanners, still going away in their new caravan at 78 years old. Obviously caravanning must help you enjoy a long and active life. I caravanned with them all over Europe as a child, it was never a question of stopping when I left home, I couldn't wait to get a caravan of my own. I always liked the look of older ones and I've found them to be much more practical and easier to use than modern ones.

I couldn't possibly put a time limit on restoring one, as each one is different. And they will always need ongoing maintenance going forward, just like a classic car, due to their age. Sometimes you hit lucky and find a barn-stored example that needs a good clean, service and external re-spray, and I can turn something like that around in a few months. The longest restoration I have done is my 1962 Sprite Musketeer which was nearly a complete rebuild and it took me four years.

Ironically, I don't remember vintage caravans as I'm in my early 20s, and we were always lucky to have a nearly new caravan when I was growing up. It was my Grandparents' stories of their tiny 10ft 1966 Sprite 400 (their first caravan) that always fascinated me.

above... Cameron's 1967 Safari Caravan, loving the vintage rug and flower power cushions!

What would you class as a vintage caravan date-wise?

We class a vintage caravan as pre-1982. A huge recession hit Britain in 1980, and most of the long established manufacturers couldn't survive and ceased trading between 1980-1982. At the same time, a law was passed in the UK that new touring caravans as of 1983 could not be fitted with single pane glass windows, although some of the more expensive makes had been using plastic double glazed windows as early as 1973. There was a huge wave of change in designs, chassis types and fittings giving 1982 a very definitive "end of an era".

What model/makes are the caravans? Which model/makes are the most popular?

Without doubt, Sprite caravans are the most popular. Sam Alper, who founded Sprite caravans, was very much the Henry Ford equivalent of the caravan industry. They were stylish, practical, lightweight and cheap. At their peak in the late 1960s, they were turning out around 12,000 caravans per year! So there's plenty still around and they're very easy to work on. The more expensive makes such as Carlight, Viking, Cheltenham, Royale and Safari are very popular on the established classic caravan scene. Their style and quality is unrivalled all these years later.


Which are your favourite makes/models and why?

I'm one of the few people in the country who collect Sprite caravans. Because they made so many and they were so cheap, they never gained much respect with the established classic caravan scene. Consequently, some of these once popular models survive in mere handfuls due to so many people viewing them as "disposable", scrapping most of them decades ago. But at shows, they always attract the most attention as people relate to them more than the more popular "upper class" manufacturers. In their heyday, the more expensive caravans were unobtainable to your average buyer. My favourite models are my 1962 Sprite Musketeer and 1970 Sprite Major because they're both very iconic looking, with the infamous Sprite "swan neck" roof line and still very practical and easy to use, all these years later. Caravans tended to be styled rather conservatively, as typically in the mid-1950s, the average new caravan buyer would have been 50+ years old to have been able to afford one. Sprite changed all that and created a trendy caravan, with designs and interiors changing on a yearly basis to reflect design trends. 

above Cameron's Sprite 400 van, complete with vintage awning, fab latch hook rug and crocheted blanket which no vintage van should be without! I love this van, as we had one when I was growing up in the 1960/70s!

How easy is it to source a vintage caravan and where is it best to look?

There's plenty of vintage caravans listed on eBay every week. You'll also find a generous selection on Gumtree. Of course, Clubs such as the Retro Caravan Club are a good place to look too as enthusiasts tend to like their caravans keeping within the Club, so there's plenty of bargains to be had.

What sort of price range would you be looking at for a retro caravan?

How long is a piece of string! They can very from anything from a couple of hundred pounds to around £15,000. Of course, don't expect to pay much more than £1500 for a project, though rarer early models can command much higher prices in a derelict state as their end value is higher. Your average usable and restored 1950s-1970s vintage caravan seems to sell for around £2000 - £5000, depending on what it is. Pre-war and immediately post-war caravans typically sell in excess of £7500 - £15,000 due to their rarity and collectability.


above...Cameron's 1958 Sprite Alpine, I love all the genuine vintage accessories he has sourced including vintage plastic storage jars & cutlery tray. Plus just look at that pink plastic sink *adore*!!

How did you get involved with the retro Caravan Club? What is your role?

I co-founded the Retro Caravan Club in December 2015. It was a conscious move away from the established classic caravan scene, which had become quite stagnant. We wanted a fresh modern approach to a Club, with an easy online joining process (as opposed to a self-addressed stamped envelope and a cheque, as we'd previously been used to) and a strong social media presence. Other than that, we wanted to break down the traditional formalities that Clubs typically involve. We even toyed with naming ourselves the "Porta-Potti Owner's Club" because we wanted to show that it's all just a bit of fun. We hoped we'd reach around 40 members by the end of January 2016 to allow us to meet the minimum requirements for a printed magazine. To our absolute amazement, it completely took off, and we had around 170 members by the end of January 2016! Today, we're not far off accepting our 800th member, easily making the Retro Caravan Club the biggest Club for old caravans in Europe. My role is the Treasurer and Magazine Editor. I have a background in journalism and art and design, so the magazine is a real extravagant labour of love for me. The Retro caravan Club Facebook page is hovering around 8700 members at the moment, and followers are from everywhere in the UK - we even have active rallying members from the Continent!  


above...Cameron's 1962 Sprite Musketeer, complete with original radio with delicious Formica suround

What is the best thing about being a member of The Retro Caravan Club?

Without doubt it's the atmosphere and camaraderie. The rallies are amazing, with help and support offered from the moment you arrive on site and plenty of enthusiastic people who don't take themselves seriously at all. The more you get involved, the more new people you meet and very quickly form strong friendships. One of the most rewarding things for me as one of the founders is watching these friendships develop. It's amazing how much you have in common with everyone - I think it takes a certain kind of person to willingly drag a 50 year old tin box around the British countryside with them and watch for leaks as the rain beats down on a Bank Holiday weekend! That British eccentricity seems to be the foundation of our success.


How much is it to join The Retro Caravan Club and what benefits do you receive from joining?

It is £15 for the year, running from the date you join to the same date next year. You receive the current issue of our Retro Caravan Club Journal which has grown to 48 pages now. This is printed quarterly and is bursting with rally reports, technical articles, historical pieces and information about the Club. You also receive a code to access our member only area on our website to access Club information and view our rally calendar. We host nearly 50 rallies throughout the year, with a generous mix of social rallies held on campsites and display rallies where our caravans are on show to the public. Our social rallies offer very generous discounts on the usual nightly fee, with an £18 nightly fee price-cap, with most rallies coming in around £12-£15 per night with full facilities, which is excellent value for money.

above... Cameron's 1970 Sprite Major, I love the addition of the red contemporary retro design wallpaper which really sets off the stunning white enamel and formica kitchen area. The orange flower power curtains and cushions are simply stunning in the seating area - what a van!! 

What upcoming events does The Retro Caravan Club have and do any tie in with vintage events?

We have a Club stand at the two Retro Festival events Newark in June and Newbury in August, which is one of the biggest vintage festivals of the year. Our members receive a great price deal, as well as being positioned in pride of place within the event itself. It's great to have your caravan as a base to keep returning to, so you can keep trundling back with arm-fulls of vintage tat, have a cup of tea, then go back out to buy more.


above...Cameron's 1963 Cheltenham Puku caravan...complete with amazing Formica effect table (created by applying vintage wallpaper sealed with yacht varnish! I love the genuine vintage 1950s curtains in this van, along with the Atomic wire fruit bowl (a hard one to track down) and beautiful 50s vase!

Do you have vintage wares inside your vans? If so what are your favourite brands and why?

All of my caravans are restored to reflect the period that they were designed in. I exclusively use vintage items to furnish and equip them. I'm particularly fond of Gaydon Melmex, which was an early form of Melamine as it was widely promoted for use in caravans in the late 1950s onwards. Melmex has more of a flair to the shape of the plates and cups than the newer Melamine. I find that Midwinter china fits most china cabinets supplied in caravans. I have quite a lot of Midwinter sets, my favourite being Queensbury and Sienna. I also carry a selection of Feathaware items, which originated in the late 1950s, almost exclusively designed for camping. Their aluminium folding chairs are iconic but also practical due to them being exceptionally lightweight. They also designed the first plastic water carriers, which were all supplied in bright garish colours until the late 1960s.


Looking at the yay retro! shop www.yayretro.co.uk, what are your favourite items for caravanning and why? 

You absolutely cannot go wrong with Melamine in a vintage caravan. It came in all kinds of colours, so you can easily find a set which suits the decor of your caravan. For me, the more garish, the better! So I'm choosing the bright orange melamine cup and saucer set by Rosti Mepal. I'm also very partial to vintage tins and containers, as storage is at a premium in a caravan. It's not practical to carry large boxes of tea bags or sugar with you, so decanting it into something smaller and just taking what you need is a must. I absolutely love this 1950s tin. Finally, it's always good to accessorise in a caravan and keep the decor quite simple. It helps create an illusion of space. Currently, Pineapples are very trendy - they were originally seen as a symbol of wealth in the 1800s, but also represent a bit of exotic glamour. We can't get enough of them over at the Retro Caravan Club!

Find out more about The Retro Caravan Club here

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Buy Vintage Caravan & Camper Van Kitchenware



At this time of year many people are starting to think about trips in their vintage caravans and campers. Whether you have Mazda Bongo, a Vintage VW Dub, a T5 California, a Vintage Sprite or Monza then you'll almost certainly be looking to buy some vintage camper and caravan kitchenware to make your trips as fun as possible!

yay retro! is an online vintage shop which has a great range of vintage Thermos flasks for happy campers and glampers to choose from.  I also stock a range of vintage melamine from the likes of Rosti Mepal and Gaydon Melmex.



Many people adore the 1960s Gaydon butter dishes, cups and saucers for their iconic shape. I always make sure that the Gaydon I have in stock is great quality ready to use in your van (or home) every day! Did you know that melamine was first introduced as a replacement to china tablewares for your home?  Many people buy it for theatre productions and also care homes as it has the look of china, yet it is extremely durable and can take knocks and bumps. This is also why campers love it too of course!



Vintage Tupperware comes in fab colours such as orange and yellow, so is another top choice for vintage lovers. It's ideal for packed lunches and for taking pre-cooked meals away with you to reheat on your stove!  One of the most popular things vintage campers look for are Skyline fish slices, what cooked breakfast is complete in your van without one of these?!



On the subject of breakfasts, eggs probably play a key part when you're camping! Stock up on our super plastic 1960s egg cups and also our stunning sky blue egg storer - there's only one of these so be quick!  Go shopping at yay retro! now and use the search box or the handy links below to find what you need - combined postage available.

Search for vintage melamine at yay retro!

Search for vintage plastic at yay retro!

Search for vintage Gaydon at yay retro!

Search for vintage Rosti Mepal at yay retro!

Search for vintage Tupperware at yay retro!

Search for vintage Skyline Kitchen Utensils at yay retro!


Camper and Caravan Vintagewares For Sale at yay retro!

When it comes to choosing the best vintage items for your caravan or camper van, then yay retro! is the perfect online shop to visit. Choose from Gaydon Melmex, Rosti Mepal, Taunton Vale and a host of other fantastic vintage brands.

Melamine is the perfect choice for being on the road. Virtually unbreakable, it comes in lovely bright and also pastel colours and is easy to keep clean and wash up at campsites. 




The classic Gaydon Melmex shaped tea set from the 1960s is very sought after and this green set comes in unused condition - amazing! We also have Gaydon butter dishes, jugs and sugar bowls available. if you're looking for melamine plates and dishes then Rosti Mepal is a great choice.



Many people love to have a vintage tray or two in their vans, this makes it easy to transport everything from inside to outside, or even to carry your washing up to the communal sink on site. yay retro! have some gorgeous designs in stock in melamine, metal and even formica from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.  Why not search 'tray' in the shop now?




Vintage Thermos flasks are another sought after item for Glampers everywhere, in the 60s and 70s stylish jug flaks were designed which can be used for both hot and cold drinks. Addis was another popular choice in Vacuum flask jugs and yay retro! has one of these unused in it's original box making it a great gift idea.



Thinking of cooking in your van? Course you are! Vintage cookware is a must, why not snap up this brightly coloured 1960s poacher? Eggs will have never tasted so good! Pop in to yay retro! now and use the search box to find what you are looking for. Search by brand, colour, material or item to find your perfect camper items. I can combine postage for you.

Bright Orange Vintage Rosti Mepal Melamine For Sale Now

yay retro! are delighted to have a fantastic range of vintage Rosti Mepal melamine for sale in our online vintage shop. Made in Denmark this top quality melamine is ideal for home, caravan and camper van owners.

We hardly ever come across vintage melamine plates, so it's fabulous to have this set of 6 available in near unused condition!



We also have stylish Rosti Mepal orange cups and saucers... again ideal for camper van owners. We also find that theatre production companies like to buy melamine cups and saucers as they are so durable for plays and shows.

 

Remarkably we even have 2 complete sets of bowls and dishes. These would be handy for those of you with young children, breakfast in these would be fab and pretty carefree!



Why not pop in to yay retro! now to find out everything we have in the Rost Mepal, Denmark range?  I also have a range of Rosti kitchen utensils.





Vintage Campers or Caravans - Pros and Cons

Go back a few years and it was VW camper van this and VW camper van that....however vintage caravans such as the Sprite and Monza are now making their way in to the hearts of vintage lovers. So what are the pros and cons of owning each type of van? I am not an expert, but these are my thoughts based on my experiences.

We used to own a VW California camper and we were forever away in it on campsites up and down the country. We loved the flexibility and the speed at which you could set up camp and get the kettle on (or get into bed). It was super fast, simply park up, put the handbrake on, get in the back and turn the stove on or roll the bed out! No faffing with stabilising legs, un hooking, awnings, groundsheets or other paraphernalia. One year we hired a 1960s VW camper and even with this, it was simple to get the table in position and everything out for lunch in no time.

We parked our van on the drive as we also used it as our main car. So storing it wasn't a problem which was a huge plus. On the downside when petrol went up, costs were high, and being as it was our main car this caused us a bit of a worry day to day which was why we eventually sold it. 

The other consideration was taking it down small lanes. On one trip to Salcombe we didn't dare take it down the small winding roads for fear of meeting another vehicle. Talking to other camper van owners on the camp site they felt the same. Mind you this was with the chunky T5 California, it would not so much of a problem with a T1 or T2 VW. 

When camping you need to mark your spot, otherwise when you leave for a day trip you may find it taken on your return. This is really annoying, especially if you had a nice view on your plot! You may need to use chocks to get your van level at bedtime.

Living out of a camper van is fun, but it takes getting used to. There is not much room, and you can't stand up in them unless you have a pop up roof. There are no wardrobes in a vintage VW camper, (and a teeny one in the T5 California), so you need to get organised. There was 2 of us and we soon sorted out a system of storing coats and shoes in big plastic boxes in the boot. Then when one person was cooking (usually me!) the other stayed put so as not to get in the way. This wouldn't be so much of a problem in a caravan where there is more room. VW vans don't have indoor toilets - something to get used to if you wake in the night!

When it comes to kitting out a camper van, then going lightweight is probably best as you'll be driving around with your kit on board all of the time. Vintage melamines and plastics such as Gaydon Melmex & Tupperware is light, durable and doesn't rattle like china might. So they are great choices for a camper. yay retro! has Tupperwarevintage melamine & plastic wares for sale in our shop here.

Lots of camper van owners like to invest in vintage cushions and tablecloths choosing a colour which matches the paint work of their van. Again yay retro! can help, click here and use the search box to find just what you are looking for in our online vintage shop.



Going on to caravans, my experience of these goes back to the 60s and 70s when my parents had a Sprite. We would go away on hols at least 4 times a year, and there were 4 of us in the small van. Mum and Dad slept on the double bed where the table was situated in the day time, and my brother and I slept at the back of the van, one on the bench seat and one in a hammock arrangement above (this was put away in the day time). This worked perfectly well until our teens.

Thinking about the pros of a caravan, you can use your car all year round and only hitch the van on when you go away. Then on holiday you again unhitch and revert back to just using the car. This almost certainly means a saving on every day fuel costs in comparison to a camper van. Having just the car to consider for daily jaunts mean you have not go the worry of going down small lanes and such.

Having unhitched and made camp, you can make the most of the view you have, knowing you've got it for the duration. However setting up can take time, especially if you opt for awnings as so many people appear to do, so make sure the spot you set up in is definitely the one for you as moving is a pain! (I know you can get awnings for campers, but not as many people seem to use them.)

Once inside your van, the space is zoned, and (with the extra height) you can stand up to cook, whilst people are sat at the table doing other things. This is safer it seems to me, and much easier on the cook. There are wardrobes and cubby holes in a caravan meaning all your bits and bobs are stored indoors for easy access, and you don't have to get out to get your wet weather shoes and raincoat!  If you are really lucky you'll even have a loo, (although we didn't in our Sprite).

On the downside, unless you have a large driveway you'll probably have to pay to store your van somewhere, often farms and storage companies offer this as a service. If you are fortunate enough to have a large garden or drive however, I can see a huge perk of having a caravan is that it can double up a sun room for impromptu summer parties! I know I would use it this way as it would be fantastic fun!

With a caravan you could decide to buy some durable Pyrex and chunky vintage butter dishes, along with vintage bedding. yay retro! have an abundance of these for sale in our shop here. Again Gaydon Melmex from the 1960s & 70s is fab as it is durable, stylish and is actually the picnic ware of choice for vintage devotees.

Since caravans are most often cream or white, (though some like this dear little vintage van has a splash of colour), the interior could be any colour you desire. Why not go for a splash of 70s orange? With a van you can be much bolder than you might dare in your home! Pop into yay retro! now and have a good old vintage browse for your vintage caravan or camper. I combine postage wherever I can safely do so.



Top Accessories for Vintage Caravans & Camper Vans!



yay retro! have put together a great selection of vintage wares for your camper van or caravan (as well as your home). These include vintage fabric cushions, sheets and blankets to keep you cosy. Vintage tablecloths which can double up as picnic blankets when you are out and about and gorgeous light weight vintage plastic wares such as bread bins and cups. Take a look at our top blue picks above, you'll notice we also have vintage kitchen utensils in stock - who can camp without a proper potato masher?! 

Right now in our online vintage shop we also have enamel kettles, vintage thermos flasks, butter dishes and Tupperware storage containers. Pretty much everything to style your vintage van and to get the maximum amount of fun out of it! yay retro!



Vintage Caravan wares from yay retro!



The latest cool way to unwind, relax and go on holiday is in your vintage caravan, whether it be a Sprite, a Monza, an Elddis or a mini Thompson Glen we know that you will be looking to fill your retro van with gorgeous vintage wares!

yay retro! is an online vintage shop that sells bright orange and yellow Tupperware, vintage enamel kettles and storage tins and even lots of vintage bedding including St Michael sheets, bedspreads, pillow cases and duvet covers. Mix and match these flower power designs from the 1960s and 70s for a burst of *haPpiNesS* in your van!



Looking for handy tablewares? We have vintage melamine trays and butter dishes as well as fantastic 1970s soup bowls, mugs, cups and saucers. Pop in to the yay retro! shop now for a browse - we can combine postage for you too.

Kit our your Vintage Camper & Caravan at yay retro!



Vintage campers and caravan owners across the UK look for genuine vintage wares to go in their vans and yay retro! is a one stop vintage shop for useful tableware and kitchen items from the 1960s and 70s. Whether you are trying to track down Gaydon Melmex, vintage Flower Power trays or genuine 1970s Staffordshire Pottery mugs - yay retro! can help.

Add in our vintage fabric cushions, and material to make into camper van curtains and you're on to a winner! Pop in to the yay retro! shop now if you are searching for kitchen utensils, cups, saucers, enamel pans, kettles and coffee pots and more! 

Vintage Melamine - Camper Vans, Caravans, Glamping & Kitchens at yay retro!



Do you have a vintage VW camper? A Sprite Caravan? A Commer, Bedford CF or even a Bongo Frendee? yay retro! have some great vintage melamine for sale which is not only perfect for every day use in your vintage kitchen at home, it works exceptionally well when you are out and about on the road.

It is interesting to note that melamine was originally designed to be made for the home as a replacement to breakable china tablewares. Surprisingly therefore, you will find potteries such as Midwinter actually made a range of melamine wares! The most popular make was and still is Gaydon Melmex, so yay retro! we always try to include items from the original Gaydon range including butter dishes, sugar bowls, jugs and egg cups in our shop. 



Melamine from the 1960s and 70s is light, resilient and also very bright and cheery. It was made back in the day that people were amazed they could go on holiday really easily by hitching up a caravan or kitting out a commercial van as a camper, and it has naturally found it's way into many people's collective holiday memories. Cast your mind back to a time when many people had only just begun to own a car, and were used to taking the train to holiday camps and restrictive B&B's, and you can imagine the impact of caravans and camper vans on people's sense of freedom in the 1960s! 

Alongside tablewares, companies such as Marks & Spencer, Taunton Vale and Thetford made superb Flower Power trays in the 1960s & 70s. These complement melamine and plastic tablewares wonderfully well, and of course we have a fabulous range of vintage floral trays available to buy in our shop here.  Trays are a great way to add an instant *ping* of colour to your home or van, and are not only useful but ideal to create visual displays.



It's worth giving Emsa a mention too. This high quality plastic was made in Germany in the 60s & 70s and rivals melamine in it's endurance and quality. Emsa made cups, saucers, coffee pots, butter dishes and cruet sets and again are a brand yay retro! love to sell. Above is a flowery Emsa butter dish and I think you will agree it looks amazing next to the St Michael (M&S) floral tray.

We choose the very best vintage melamine and plastic tablewares to sell in our online vintage shop. Our selection includes vintage Gaydon Melmex, Emsa, Thetford, Taunton Vale and vintage M&S. Use the links below to help you find what you are looking for:

Find Vintage Gaydon
Find Vintage Trays
Find Vintage Emsa


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