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Degustabox Review Summer July 17 by yay retro!

This month I’ve signed up to a really exciting concept which I came across thanks to my lovely daughter-in-law Emma. It’s Degustabox and if you haven’t heard about it, it’s a fantastic food lovers treat!  Every month a lovely surprise box of food and drinks arrives at your door for you to try out. It costs just £12.99 per month with free delivery, and the brilliant thing is that the items in your box are guaranteed to always be worth more than you’ve paid. I signed up to 3 months of boxes right away and the first one was delivered just a week later.

I thought readers of the yay retro! online vintage shop blog would be interested to read what my husband and I thought of our first box (note I have paid for my box of goodies so my honest reviews both positive and negative are based upon my experience having paid for the box myself.)

In case you are not aware yay retro! is an online vintage shop selling the very best in vintage 1940's, 50's, 60's & 70's china, glass, home and tableware. I acquire genuine retro pieces that can be used every day in your kitchen, lounge and dining room at home. Here on my blog I post recipes which are easy to cook in your vintage styled kitchen, as well as writing reviews on interesting businesses and products which I think my customers and readers will enjoy finding out about.

Summer Degustabox July 17 Review by yay retro!

The theme of the box each month is different, and the July 17 one is called ‘Summer’.  The first thing to note was the attractiveness of the box itself which was top quality and decorated with little food motifs. Inside the box was lined with tissue and the food attractively packed together.  I can’t show you a photo of my own box as I have already unpacked it, (though next month I will show you what my box looks like when it arrives in my kitchen), so here is a photo from the Degustabox website showing you the July box. Looks fun doesn't it?

What I personally like about the Degustabox idea is that I am normally a very prudent shopper. I basically buy fresh fruit and vegetables and ‘own brand’ products, and then I cook from scratch most nights. Whilst this is great for the pocket, it can lead me to be very predictable in my shopping habits, and we very rarely try anything new. Additionally we are vegetarian/pescatarian in the yay retro! household and pretty keen on low calorie items as we are kind of health conscious. If I thought this was going to be a problem, I couldn’t have been more wrong as Degustabox had some really interesting healthy options inside. 

Here are the contents of my Degustabox Summer Box and My Reviews One by One

Blossom Hill Spritz Elderflower & Lemon

I love craft beer, so I wasn’t much looking forward to trying this wine substitute. In fact I haven’t drunk any wine this year. However I was really amazed at how yummy it was and have had a little tipple most evenings with my dinner. This has a low alcohol level of just 5.5% making it a lovely treat without the worry of piling on the calories and drinks units - I am very Drink Aware and like to keep my units down.  

Anyhow, on to what it tastes like. This is best served chilled and has a surprisingly fresh interesting taste which is not too sweet. If you like your wines on the drier side then you will definitely like this.  It has a lovely perfumed aroma and a nice light fizz as you unscrew the top and have a sip. It’s fruity (not too lemony) and has the nice floral notes of elderflower without being over the top. Because of it's screw top lid it retains it's fizziness once opened for quite a few days. This is great as you can open it for one person as I did and make it last.

I’ve been drinking it from one of my vintage 'Chance' glasses which are perfect for such a delicate, classy drink! I can also imagine this being ideal for a lunch time treat with friends or taken on a Summery picnic!  I will definitely buy this again soon. Sorry about the bottle being nearly empty in the pic - yumtastic!

OLOVES Healthy Olive Snacks

Now these little cute bags of olives were the first thing I tried, so to be honest I haven’t got them here to photograph now as I’ve eaten them all up! There were two bags of them in the box. Here’s a little pic of the OLOVES from the Degustabox website for you. I’ve paired this with a vintage nibbles dish from the1950s, perfect for serving olives etc and available in the yay retro! shop here.

Each treat sized bag is just 50 calories and inside you’ll find enough olives for up to 2 days of treats. I served them with feta cheese, lettuce and cream crackers on the first day. I also had them as a quick snack and added them to a simple pasta dish on other days. They were pretty spicy being Chili and Oregano flavour which I loved. Just the right kick of heat, though not sure the oregano came through.  I would buy these if they were available in my local supermarket as a lunchtime treat. Personally I found them a good small size as it is only me in the house who eats olives. Note each pack is only 50 calories - yay!

Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin

I am a cereal-aholic!  I adore it and could live on it to be quite honest, so this was one of the first treats I tried in the box. Normally I eat porridge for breakfast with fresh fruit, and then in the evening if I'm peckish I’ll have a bowl of cereal for supper.  A plain shop branded Weetabix style cereal would be my normal choice, so having this coconut and raisin version to try was great. These Weetabix Additions were just like the usual cereal texture-wise except with coconut & raisin added.

I quite liked these, however I couldn’t really taste the coconut which is one of my favourite flavours.  The little pieces of raisin were ball-like, not sure how they got them that shape but they were the right size to make the whole thing work.  I think their sweetness overpowered the nut.  My hubby didn’t like these much as he felt the raisins were annoyingly hard in amongst the softness of the Weetabix. Overall they are nice, but I think I would prefer to eat something else alongside plain Weetabix if I needed a boost to my regular cereal, as I would prefer to eat fewer calories in the cereal. We love eating cereal from our 1940s Woods Beryl ware bowls from the yay retro! vintage shop, did your family have this tableware? 

Ryvita Thins Three Cheese Flatbreads

We don’t really eat bread, so having a new type of crackers in the box was brill - we get through loads of crackers! I never buy Ryvita normally and I didn’t know they made funky ones like this. These are described as a ‘wheat & rye flatbread topped with cheese’ and are a slimline, very crispy, crunchy cracker / biscuits which snaps easily into small mouthfuls so you can dip them into hummus etc.  We had them for lunch with a big salad and a homemade tzatziki (made from cucumber, greek yogurt, onion and dill).

What struck me about them was their low calorie count, especially as they are cheese flavoured.  At just 29 calories each these are fabulous! They are also high in fibre so all good. Unlike other cheese flavoured biscuits or crackers, these are not in any way fatty. They are dry and feel like they are a much healthier treat.

You can really taste the cheese, and the fact that there are 3 separate cheesy flavours in them - how do they do that?! Although it doesn’t list it as an ingredient I felt I could taste a nice blue cheese in there somewhere.   We finished them in 2 days, and I’ve just been out and stocked up on more boxes as they were on offer at Morrisons!

I can imagine if you are on a calorie controlled diet you might crunch on 2-3 of these as a snack, you could break them up into crisp sized pieces to make them last and imagine you were eating crisps!

Frylight Cooking Spray with Avocado Oil

I’ve been using Frylight sprays for cooking since going on a WeightWatchers diet a few years back. Frylight is perfect to lightly fry foods as it is really low in calories, so I was pleased to see a new flavour to me included in the box.  I find you cannot tell that foods have been cooked in healthy sprays like this, other than the fact food tastes cleaner and lighter. When using these healthy oil sprays if the food gets a bit dry whilst cooking you can add some boiling water part way through and let this boil off, this extends the life of the spray without needing to keep spraying all of the time.

I normally use the Sunflower Oil Frylight and have previously also tried the Coconut flavoured one. Frylight is perfect to lightly fry new potatoes to go with a salad. Another great recipe to try this with would be my New Potato and Red Pepper Rissoles, the recipe is here. I've now used this Frylight with the Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa below. To be quite honest I cannot tell the difference between this flavour and my usual Sunflower Frylight as I cook spicy foods.

Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa

I was pleased this was included in the Degustabox as we eat a lot of pre-prepared microwaveable rice and I wanted to try some new grains for a change. I love microwaveable packs like this as they are quick, clean and you don’t cook too much at once. The exciting thing about this product for me is that I realised you can eat it cold straight out of the packet. The Degustabox came with a Tabbouleh Salad recipe which involved simply opening the pack and mixing it up with herbs, tomatoes, onions and lemon.  

Alternatively it can be used in a hot meal, which I did tonight...I simply fried onions, mushrooms and sweet peppers in the Avocado flavoured Frylight, with some chopped ginger and chilli paste. I added some cooked green beans salt & pepper. I microwaved the Quinoa as per the pack instructions and stirred it into the pan with some lemon juice and served. This made for a quick simple vegetarian supper, full of protein, vitamins and fibre and low in fat.

Our thoughts on the Quinoa was it was quick and easy to prepare. However, as my hubby is not keen on eating the texture of small grains I may not use it for dinner again. I would be happy to, it as it's high protein and low fat. What is surprising is that you can use these Quinoa packs in savoury or sweet dishes. I’ve wanted to try quinoa in place of porridge for ages and may do so with another pack - there's a porridge recipe on the pack for you to follow so that's brilliant!

Rowntrees Randoms 30% Less Sugar

I am the kind of person who will always choose the low cal treat option if I can. If I’m following a recipe and it wants full fat, I’ll add a low fat version, I cook with half spoon sugar and I always use low sugar drinks and squashes. We currently get through boxes and boxes of sugar free sweets, so being able to try 30% Less Sugar Randoms was right up my street.

We’ve had a good old try of these but I have to say although my hubby says he cannot tell the difference between these and regular soft jelly sweets, I definitely could.  I felt that they left a bit of an aftertaste in my mouth which was not very nice - a bit chemically to my taste even though they have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives - it's probably just me!

I think the grandchildren would find them fun as they include lots of random shapes such as Big Ben, retro spaceships, post boxes, racing cars and ice cream cones.

Crafted Mango & Passionfruit Juice Drink

I don’t normally buy fruit juices as they are high in calories and they are generally too acidic for us. My hubby’s favourite fruit is Mango so we cracked this open quite quickly and were really surprised at how nice it was. Both of us found it to be light on our stomachs and really easy to drink. It’s not too sweet and is really treat worthy! I would definitely buy this in future and think it would be ideal on it’s own or mixed with soda water as a Mocktail. There are just 60 cals in a 200ml serving, so this is lower than orange juice, so all good.

Again, I’ve had to borrow a photo of 3 of the Crafted drinks from the Degustabox website as we drank ours too fast to include in this blog post.  I think it’s the ideal drink to pop into some vintage 1960/70s glasses like the ones shown from the yay retro! online vintage shop. - yum!

Maille Dijon Original Mustard

I don’t eat mustard, but hubby does. He had it with Linda McCartney sausages, fresh green beans and button new potatoes and reported it was really delicious and much hotter than he’d imagined. I thought it looked really creamy and smooth and posher than regular mustard. I can see myself using this to spice up my homemade cheese scones which are always nicer with a teaspoon of mustard in them.  Here’s a recent pic of my mustardy cheese scones, complete with vintage kitchenwares from yay retro! of course!!

The Collective Pro-yo High Protein Yoghurts

I got a voucher for these yoghurts which sound really interesting. Being a vegetarian I do look for high protein foods, and the fact these would also be high in vitamin D make them appealing to me. My local supermarket does not sell this item, so I am still on the lookout for them elsewhere to be able to cash in my voucher.

Try Degustabox with yay retro! an get money off your first box!

Degustabox is made for the food lovers who want to be the first to try the latest in food products and adore surprises! There is no long term commitment and you can join in the fun on the Degustabox website, signing up for as many boxes as you wish, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99!

Why not pop in to yay retro!'s online vintage shop for a relaxing browse now?

10,000 Likes on the yay retro! Facebook Page today!

Oh my! Just woke up to find I have 10,000 fellow vintage lovers on the yay retro! Facebook page! Thank you so, so very much for coming along on the yay retro! ride with me.

I started the yay retro! online vintage shop in July 2012, so it's taken just over 5 years to get to this point, picking up many friends, likers and regular customers on the way.  What a *HaPpy* journey it has been, I hope that you are, or would like to be part of it too! 

Pop in to the website if you fancy a vintage browse

Jane Foster's Colouring Book - A Review

Many years ago I across the wonderful bold, yet minimal screen prints of Jane Foster, and bought several of them for my home. Since then I've gone on to buy more as gifts for friends and a few sneaky extras for myself which now appear in my lounge, dining room and bedroom!  I have also purchased her soft toys and board books as presents for my grandchildren, oh! and a couple of mugs - for me. 

Recently Jane brought out her first Colouring Book which I was very excited about and quickly ordered. Upon receiving it I was literally blown away by it's quality, so thought I would write a review as this is no ordinary colouring book!

Jane Foster's Colouring Book with some of her framed prints in the background....

The book has a chunky square format measuring 20 x 20cm (8" x 8") and has a huge 45+ pages to colour.  The paper is of an exceptionally high art quality, almost card strength with a smooth surface which allows you to use paint, pens or crayons. I bought a new set of Papermate retro styled felt tip pens - a relaunch from the 1970s and a set of new colouring pencils and got stuck in....

With pages that are designed to be removed from the book it makes it easy to colour them in without fear of ruining the pages beneath, and also allows you to turn the page as you work. Cleverly, there is a thick board at the back which you can lean on as you colour in. 

I've found it SO relaxing to colour these beautiful pictures of flowers, birds, fish and more. I can sit and meditate, think or dream, as I play with colour combinations and completely unwind. If you've not coloured in of late (and I haven't), it's something I would very much recommend! It's the perfect excuse for a bit of 'me' time and can be done whilst listening to the radio, to music or while the TV is on.  I even spent some time in the garden at the weekend with this gorgeous book.

Once the pictures are completed I can think of lots of things they could be used for. Why not pop into a frame as I have done below? You could punch little holes into the corners and make a string of square bunting and hang across a wall. Peg the pictures on to ribbon or write a letter on the back and send to a friend. Stick a page onto card and make into a birthday card, or cut the pictures up to make a montage of images of your own.  I would recommend this book to anyone of any age from 3 to 103. I have bought another to give as a gift and can envisage buying more. If you would like to buy one they are in Jane's shop here. Buy now and you'll receive an adorable free print! Mine was the cutest hamster as seen below.

One of the colouring pages in a frame in my home..... A free print with my order

For me Jane's work just zings with happiness and positivity. Here are some more screen prints by Jane Foster in my home, the sausage dog is a new purchase which is in my bedroom and the beautiful bird is above my sewing table. I hope you'll pop over to Jane's shop and buy some goodies of your own :O)

If you fancy a shop at yay retro!'s online vintage shop selling homewares and cookware from the 1940s to 1970s nip in here

yay retro! love Jelly Jam Vintage Bags!!

I am not a lover of handbags, however I do have an absolute addiction to the amazing bags made by Ellie of Jelly Jam Vintage based in Dorset. I have 4 of her vintage fabric bags and am sure to be investing in more of these wonderful creations. They are perfect for use as an everyday handbag, as well as being a handy shopping bag and 'carry all'. Here's a lovely interview with Ellie about her bags, inspiration and life in general!

Ellie tells me she is not a handbag person either, but has many customers like me who buy again and again: "I wouldn't know the difference between a Mulberry and see I can't even think of another designer bag name. I have a lot of repeat buyers. Believe me you're a mere beginner compared to some. I don't know how many my top customer has, over 30 I should think! I like that I've got to know lots of lovely people who keep coming back for more".

She says: "I have always made stuff since I was a little girl. I learnt from my mum and my grandmother, both of whom always had a project on the go. I remember approaching the local toy shop to sell felt mice and rabbits I'd made when I was about 13. I did quite well! I studied art and design and education when I left school and got into the groove of staying up very late painting and making things. My final art pieces involved textiles on a giant scale".

Based in lovely Dorset, Ellie originally sold vintage items at an antique centre for 16 years, however she gave it up last year to focus on the handmade side of things and to run courses from her workshop at home. Alongside being a busy sewing entrepreneur, Ellie has what she calls a 'proper' job. She teaches in a primary school part time, she loves the balance of a job that really challenges her mentally and emotionally versus the calm of two days a week to create her own things to sell. 

Ellie says that she has a vast collection of vintage fabric and needs to sew and make items to sell so that she can justify buying more lovely fabrics! As well as making beautiful vintage bags, Ellie creates soft furnishings such as cushions, curtains, lampshades and quilts. She says:  "It wasn't a conscious plan to make bags, I used to sell a lot more children's furnishings using vintage nursery fabrics, however trade has gradually shifted to bags. Now they are my main seller with other things such as lampshades and cushions going on in the background. These are more often bespoke pieces for people's homes".

Ellie currently lives in a 1930s house, she loves renovating properties and gets itchy feet once a house is finished. This is the newest house she's lived in and has had quite a lot of work done including moving the kitchen into a bigger room and creating a workshop for me in the old kitchen. The living room was the final room to be finished last month.... she says: "I waved goodbye to the horrible orange pine and marble fireplace and had the chimney breast opened up. There were nice original hearth tiles under the carpet and I sourced a vintage French stove which has been converted to bio ethanol. I've coveted these for years and am absolutely delighted with it. Fabric plays a big part for me when decorating. I'll plan the whole colour scheme around a cushion or a pair of curtains. The living room is where I've used lots of mid century fabrics in my favourite, blues, greens and mustard. They look great together and not too pretty".

Ellie like many of us vintage collectors, has some great collections of vintage home wares:  "I've got a loft full of TG green polka dot china that hasn't been unpacked for 12 years! I have way too much stuff to display everything well. At the moment my kitchen is home to my most treasured collection of Kleen Kitchen Ware. This has been sourced over 20 years although I have probably only bought two pieces in the last six years. I like things that are practical and the social history surrounding them. I wonder whose kitchen they stood in and why anyone would need a 3 pint jar to store their ground almonds. Some jars are redundant these days. I don't know anyone who buys tapioca and sago so I keep other things in those ones. Other collections include old toys, Mobo horses, Magic Roundabout figures, Meakin Rosa china, nursery fabric, colourful shoes, 2cvs....(!)"

I think Ellie's photos are fabulous making the bags a 'must-have' item and encouraging me to buy over and over. 
It's usually Ellie holding the bags in the photos, and occasionally her sixteen year old daughter steps in as a model. Her family are now very well trained in getting the best feet and bag shots! She says: "The sun comes out and I'll shout 'I'm just changing my shoes, can someone take a photo!' If I'm home alone I'll resort to the lovely old wall at the bottom of my garden".

To get the very best photo of her bags, Ellie has been known to take them on holiday or for days out! She's even taken her sewing machine on holiday with her. Recently she made a series of cactus barkcloth bags and wanted to photograph them with the right colour backdrop, so she took them on a day out to the Eden project in Cornwall.... She says: "I only got one or two strange looks but sold all four bags in a flash". She's also been known to take them to the woods, the beach, cafes, or to borrow a nice old car... "Part of the fun is deciding how to style the photos and I know my customers like them".

Ellie says that there are so many favourite items to choose from on the yay retro! online vintage shop, and particularly likes the bold designs on some of the 1960s and 70s children's toys I have for sale. The Galt squirrel puzzle, the lotto games, the sweetie tin are amongst her top picks.... "I'm a sucker for any Fisher Price (oops another collection) and if I didn't already have it would be snapping up the minibus which was a childhood favourite".

Going forwards, Ellie says that Jelly Jam Vintage will see the development of the workshop side of things, which combines her skills of creating and teaching. She offers workshops for small groups on appliqué cushion making and lampshade making with more courses in the pipeline. If you would like to see more of Ellie's work you can find Jelly Jam Vintage on Facebook here and Etsy here.  If you fancy a browse around the yay retro! online vintage shop, pop in here!

yay retro! talk to Clover Robin about her Artwork

yay retro! love to feature the work of artists whose work we admire, and over the past year I have been following Clover Robin a Print Pattern Designer and Artist.  Clover's detailed collages can be bought as individual artworks, cards and prints; happily Clover agreed to a little interview for the yay retro! blog. I hope you enjoying reading and taking a look at Clover's glorious work....

Clover tells me that she was born in Bridport, Devon and lived there until she was 7, she recalls walking to the beach after school. Later her family moved to Exeter and lived close to the river, where she could see the rolling hills from her bedroom window. Every weekend was about beach walking or heading out to the moors....She says: "I always knew I loved being outdoors and wide open spaces but never so much as now that I am living in London. As a result my work has become really botanical, featuring landscapes reminiscent of my childhood". 

"London can be a tough cookie and a bit of a concrete jungle which makes the lovely natural spaces and parks particularly special. There is a huge amount of green space here and living next to Greenwich Park I'm constantly influenced by the stunning flower and rose gardens"

Clover studied surface pattern design at BA level in Leeds: "Surface pattern is awesome because it basically means applying any pattern to any surface. People usually choose to specialise in fashion or interiors, but I love to see the crossovers in both.  While I'm pursuing illustration more at the moment, I LOVE wallpaper and would definitely like to create something in this realm at some point". 

I asked Clover how she came up with her ideas: "There's inspiration everywhere, other than the all the outdoorsy stuff I mentioned earlier, I'm a sucker for a beautiful design shop. I love books and could sift for hours through the styling pages on Pinterest!"

Clover's working process really depends on what she's working on and where she is, though she says: "I'm never happier than when I'm out and about with my sketchbook and little bag of paper cuttings and scissors". 

Usually she says, she starts by researching the project, finding lots of inspiring imagery, looking at colours, shapes and textures. From this she starts creating and sourcing the papers for her artwork which can take minutes or hours depending on the different elements. Then she translates all the ideas and elements of the work on the page. This can have quite surprising results which is what makes each piece completely unique.

Once done, she scans everything in to the computer to clean it up, adjust scale and size, hues and contrasts to create the special look and feel of her work.

Music is a great way to stay focussed one her work and she loves to sing along to old 90s indie music. Someone recently suggested Baroque music for focus and optimum proactivity - although she was sceptical, she found it really works! 

She goes on to say: "I have a small but ever growing collection of vintage-y vases and jugs so all of the vintage jugs yay retro! have for sale appeal to me...There's also a particularly delightful red enamel teapot I could probably find a home for too!"

You can find out more and buy Clover Robin's beautiful work here.

Vintage Framed Scandi Pictures in Customers Homes

yay retro! are always delighted when happy customers write to us with photos of their purchases in their homes. This week both Fiona and Rebecca have sent me pictures of the vintage Scandi framed illustrations in their homes.

We adore the way Fiona has shown her pictures from yay retro! off in a minimalistic way, standing them in a trio on her staircase ♥, she says:

"Attached photo shows where I have put my gorgeous pictures I bought from you, the pinky ones are going to St Ives. I will send a picture from there when I go. Many thanks Fiona"

Rebecca went for a pair of our Reidar Johan Berle 1966 pictures, and hung them on her wall over her fireplace:

These pictures have proved very popular with 5 batches selling out immediately. We have popped them into contemporary box frames which can stand or hang, and happily we have more of these available here. Why not pop in? Combined postage is available. 

yay retro! loving Vintage 11 Revamped Furniture

Recently during a vintage online browsing session yay retro! found some wonderful up-cycled mid-century furniture for sale. Created by Karen of Vintage 11 we just love the understated nature of these sensitively renovated sideboards and chest of drawers, which were originally manufactured in the 1950s, 60s and 70s by Scandinavian designers and companies such as G Plan & Ercol.

Karen tells me that she works in her studio behind her home, and says:

"I love to add geometric design at the moment, as it fits so well with the mid century pieces that I favour. To achieve this design, I mask the area off with frog tape, and repeat the process when each area is dry until I have achieved the desired look."  

We adore the colour schemes she uses which perhaps reflect her location - a stone's throw from the coast in North Shields. The pastel greys, yellows, charcoals and rich blues are just delightful.

Marvellous painted designs on Vintage 11 furniture....

Vintage 11 is Karen's full time job after she left teaching in 2015. Having always been creative, that summer she started to renovate a pine table and chairs set, working on it in the evenings and at weekends. To her surprise, upon completion it sold immediately - Vintage 11 was born! We asked how she comes up with her ideas:

"I will buy a piece of furniture that I love the shape and design of, and start working on it with a loose idea of a design. I usually change my plan as I'm working as I'm always full of ideas! I just love trying something new, yet always keep in mind that it has to ultimately be something that somebody would like to have in their home. Sometimes I see a colour combination that I like and think it would look fantastic on furniture, though I might have to wait until the right piece comes along to try it."

Not everything needs painting...these stunning pieces were polished and left as they were...

Karen loves mid century design and so concentrates on this era of furniture. If a piece is in need of some love, then they are perfect for her as she wants to improve pieces and give them a new lease of life. However, she knows that some items don't need painting, and those are left as they are and sold alongside her painted pieces in her Etsy shop. The great news is that Karen is happy to work with clients to develop bespoke, one off pieces and can ship throughout the UK, and local people can collect.

Karen enjoyed browsing the yay retro! online vintage shop and selected several pieces of vintage china as her top picks. These include the Midwinter Eden serving plate because of it's fabulous pattern and the Figgjo Flint Daisy dishes as she adores Scandinavian design. Karen says she would love a vintage tea set, but she's banned from buying anymore vintage wares (shame!) She has a Hornsea Pottery tea caddy that was her Grandmas, and she bought the coffee and sugar caddy's to match. 

In her home she has two vintage sideboards; one in her living room that belonged to her husbands' Grandpa, and one in her kitchen that she refinished and added a geometric design to in white, graphite and copper - sounds marvellous! Interestingly she also has a science lab table in place of a traditional dining table. Her sons have a fun vintage wardrobe that she refinished with a chalkboard door and different coloured legs. 

Useful Links:
Vintage 11's Etsy Shop for renovated furniture

yay retro!'s online vintage shop for vintage china and tablewares

Mosaics made from Vintage China - Box of Frogs at yay retro!

*HaPpY* email of the week:

"[my mosaic fish] is really lovely...bigger than I was expecting! He will look great with my other mosaics on the kitchen wall, so I'll be saving up for a medium fish next. 
Thank you and please thank Fiona for her hard work and perfect birthday card too. Here's the picture of them all....Feeling chuffed!"

This is from Ally who placed a vintage mosaic order - commissioning a fish from Box of Frogs Mosaics via the yay retro! online shop.

Check out the vintage china mosaics yay retro! have available now.

yay retro! have lots of regular, regular customers!

yay retro! opened its online doors back in July 2012, since then I've sold to people all over the world from Norway to Japan, The USA and New Zealand. Of course the UK is where most of my customers are based, and some of them have become real regulars over the years. It's absolutely fantastic when a customer buys from me again and again, as I get to know them over time (all be it via email, Facebook or Instagram), and I am also reassured that they were happy with their items, the safe packaging and that I am getting the 'right' vintage stock in that they are looking for. 

One of my most recent repeat customers is Mandy, who has just sent me a selection of photos of her many purchases. It's brilliant for me to see yay retro! wares on show in their new homes. If you've bought from yay retro! and wish to send me some pics to share with other vintage lovers, please send them to

Thanks to each and every one of my customers*, I really do appreciate your custom

*you are now running into the 1000s!

xxxx Sue

Want to join in the vintage fun? Pop in to yay retro! for a browse now, combined postage available wherever possible.

When is the next Yellow Vintage Fair in Southampton?

The Yellow Vintage Fair is held every year at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. This prestigious fair has so much to see and do that it really is worth getting there early and spending the whole day browsing the stalls and soaking up the atmosphere. The great thing is that it is undercover, so rain or shine you are sure to have a good time.

This year the fair takes place on the 20th March from 10 til 4. There are over 100 stalls, there's music to listen to and also classic cars to peruse! (I wish I could go, but live too far away now - doh!)

If you would like to have a browse of some vintage do pop in to yay retro! online now.

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