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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 www.yayretro.co.uk

Quick Easy Low Cal Quiche Recipe



Here's my very much loved cookery book - The New of Art of Cooking published by Stork margarine in the 1970s. Everyone taking my O Level cookery course between 1976-1978 at my school had to have a copy and we all seemed to get our recipes for our exam from the book.  In the past 40 years this has been my number one cookery book and I know many of the page numbers of my favourite recipes by heart. This doesn't stop me from adapting the recipes to suit what's in my cupboard and the low fat diet I like to follow however, so I tend to use it as a guide more than anything.

Tonight we are having a Quick Easy Low Cal Quiche, which basically means it's a quiche without any pastry. yay! so much easier, speedier and also lighter on the tum (especially with my dreadful pastry making!) Here's the recipe for you to give it a go, it's brill with new potatoes, salad or any kind of grain. We've got a barley, apple and nut salad to go with this tonight.

Low Cal Quiche Recipe:

1 small onion chopped finely
1 sweet red pepper sliced (I like the Palermo Sweet Pointed Peppers from Morrisons)
Bowl or small punnet of regular mushrooms
Dash of chilli oil or use fry light spray
1/4 pint red top milk (you can use any milk, even single cream if you fancied upping the calories)
2 medium eggs
2oz Feta crumbled or Low fat Cheddar Cheese grated or a mix of both (or other cheese of your choice)
Fresh Herbs (I used dill) to your taste
Salt & Pepper

7 inch greased and lined flan dish set on a baking tray (in case of spills)

1. Fry the onion, pepper and mushrooms in the oil / spray until soft and golden (if using Fry Light you may need to add a bit of water to cook the vegetables right through, letting this cook off thoroughly)
2. In a bowl beat together the eggs and the milk, add the salt & pepper, the chopped or milled herbs and the cheese
3. Pop the veg in your flan dish, pour over the milk & cheese mixture, then bake at 190c until golden brown and set (check with a knife to see if it is set in the middle).
4. Can be eaten hot of cold

Why not nip in to the yay retro! online vintage shop for a browse? You never know we may have some lovely vintage cookware for sale which is right up your street!

Moist, Chewy Almond Loaf Cake Recipe

Here's a wonderful recipe which I've just tried out for an Almond Loaf Cake. I am sure you will love this moist, chewy cake. It's the perfect way to get almonds into your diet. Almonds are valued for being a source of magnesium, vitamin E, good unsaturated fatty acids and also they are high in protein. Some health professionals even say almonds can reduce heart disease as the fats in them are similar to those found in olive oil. 

Whatever, this is a truly yummy 'grown up' cake and worth cooking up as it is terrifically easy!  See below for the recipe and instructions...


Moist, Chewy Almond Loaf Cake Recipe:

175gm/5oz Half Spoon Sugar (or the real deal up to you)
1 tbspn Soft Brown Sugar
150gm/5oz Clover Light Spread (or normal margarine up to you)
2 medium eggs
1/2 to 1 tspn Almond Essence ( to your taste)
3 tbspn Milk
125gm/ 4.5oz Self Raising Flour
1.5 tspn Baking Powder
Few grinds of Sea Salt
150gm/5oz Ground Almonds (Or make your own as I did by putting flaked almonds in a food processor - this makes for a more satisfying, chewier bite)

Oven Temp 175c   /  325f  Baking Time 45 minutes

1. Grease & line a 1lb Loaf Tin
2. Cream the Clover (margarine) and sugar together until light and fluffy with a hand held mixer
3. Beat in the eggs one at a time
4. Stir in the almond essence and milk
4a. If using Flaked almonds, put them through your blender first to create a fine mix
5. Now add half the almonds, half the flour and the baking powder and whisk
6. Then add the rest of the almonds and flour and whisk again to a soft dropping consistency
7. Spoon into your baking tin
8. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown and cooked through (check with a knife, if it comes out clean it's done)
9. Allow to cool and serve on a vintage cake plate as a cake or in a sundae dish as a dessert with custard and cream
10. Once cool, store in an airtight container and this should remain moist for several days

Why not pop in to yay retro! now and take a look at the wonderful vintage cake plates we have for sale? These include Royal Tudorware, Washington Potteries, Empire, Staffordshire Potteries and many more.

New Brands Pages in the yay retro! Retropedia

Pleased to have added a few more brands pages to the yay retro! Retropedia this week. You'll find a whole host of vintage brands from Arcopal to Wyncraft on these special pages of my website. To find the Retropedia, simply scroll to the bottom of the site and in the footer you will find all the different brands represented. Click on the brand of your choice to find out information about the history, many of their products, descriptions and names of patterns, the designers working with the brand and some of the products made.  I always discuss items yay retro! are selling right now or have sold in the past.


A classic vintage Galt Toys Picture Lotto Game in the yay retro! shop and Retropedia

I am in the process of adding new Retropedia pages as I know by looking at my website stats how often people like to read and refer to the information there. A couple of pages have been added this week for Galt Toys and Arabia of Finland and I will be working on Worcester ware soon. 

A link to Galt Toys in the Retropedia

A link to Arabia, Finland in the Retropedia


Arabia, Finland Primavera Coffee Pot which is in the yay retro! shop and Retropedia.

Collecting & Buying Mid Century Siamese Cats

One of the most popular vintage animal ornaments being collected by yay retro! customers are cats. Mid century cats are most often tall Siamese cats which can come singly or in pairs. Some were made in Japan for the gift and souvenir market, whilst others were made by well known local pottery brands such as Hornsea & Trentham. Vintage cat ornaments can date from the 1950s, 60s or 70s.

Kitsch, flowery 1960s cats are fun and almost always snapped up quickly by eager collectors. Probably designed for the holiday souvenir & fairground market, these come in all shapes and sizes and look fantastic displayed singly or in large groups.

The Hornsea cats (below top left) were designed by Marion Campbell and come in 3 or 4 sizes from small to large. People are always looking out for particular ones to complete their collection.



Trentham Pottery Cats (above middle right) can be straight forward Siamese or bright orange and turquoise glazed, both are really lovely and are popular gift buys at yay retro!  

Extra special cat ornaments from the 1960s would be the more abstract and minimal cat designs such as Elizabeth Skipworth's Lotus Pottery Cat (below top right), The Baldelli Italy cat which comes in bright orange, lime and blue glazes (below bottom right) and Celtic Pottery cats designed in Newlyn, Cornwall by Bill Fisher (above bottom left). Arthur Wood created a Baldelli styled money box cat which can be seen below (middle left).



Stylised minimalist cats are always at a premium and the one by Blue Mountain, Canada (above bottom left) is absolutely superb. This flat faced design with it's long curving tail was only in the yay retro! shop for minutes before being bought by a regular cat collector.

We are not at sure about the date of the minimal cat above top left, however he certainly has the right look for any vintage cat lover. If you have any info on him please feel free to email me hello@yayretro.co.uk.

In the 60s Brandy Glass vases became a much loved ornament, with a siamese cat climbing up the side of the glass and a terrified praying mouse sitting inside. These are now much sought after as a complete set, and it's rare to find all the pieces together as seen in the one below which is for sale at yay retro! now.  Search 'cat' at yay retro! by clicking here.




Vintage Pineapples For Sale

Pineapples became a 'thing' in the 18th Century when growing them in Europe became possible with the invention of special pineapple growing houses. They were exceptionally expensive to produce however, and a fresh fruit could cost up to £8000 in today's money. Because of this wealthy people would often rent a fresh pineapple to put on their dinner tables to wow their guests! 

Eventually we began importing pineapples to the UK, and canning them, which meant that more and more people could eat them. During 1st and 2nd world wars however, imported foods became rare to non-existent, and the pineapple once again became a treasured fruit.

An array of Vintage Pineapples for sale at yay retro! can be seen below:



This is probably the reason why it became a sought after ornament in the 1950s when rationing came to an end and foods were again being imported. Such was the excitement of this gorgeous tropical fruit being available in the shops again, it became a symbol of prosperity and 'the good times' in many people's homes.

Pineapples were designed as preserve pots, salt & pepper pots, vases, candlestick holders, ice buckets and even drinks containers for cocktails.

In the more affluent homes, the plastic pineapple ice bucket was a must-have item, it showed you were affluent enough to have a home freezer - something which was exceedingly rare at the time. For those fortunate enough to have a bar in their sideboards or even an actual bar area, entertaining at home became all the rage in the 60s with well stocked drinks cabinets and fancy drinking glasses denoting the fact that you had 'made it' to your neighbours. Glasses were often decorated with pineapples, lemons, oranges and cherries - all fruits included in cocktails.

For the more reserved home, the pineapple would still make an appearance, this time as a preserve jar, and companies such as Sylvac, Goebel and Villeroy & Boch all made Pineapple shaped tablewares.  With the current vintage revival, the pineapple motif has once again come to the fore and is one of the most popular items to buy in the yay retro! vintage shop. Why not search Pineapple in our shop now?

Vintage 1960/70s Wooden Play Tray Jigsaws For Sale

Many people buy vintage jigsaws from the yay retro! online vintage shop. We sell genuine vintage jigsaws from the 1960s, 70s and 80s which are illustrated by artists such as Dick Bruna and Gwyneth Mamlock.  One of the most sought after brands is of course Galt Toys with collectors seeking out the very best jigsaws to put on display in their homes, as well as to give to their children and grandchildren play with.  We are always adding fresh designs to the yay retro! website, with this stunning red squirrel and cute mouse being currently available by Galt.



The most popular type of jigsaw tends to be the wooden play tray with lift out pieces.  These are particularly loved when there are pictures revealed inside when the pieces are removed. At the moment I have 3 EJ. Arnold jigsaws which have beautiful interiors and are sure to delight both adults and children alike. One is a house with rooms inside, another is a bedroom and finally a must-have kitchen unit jigsaw....



You can see the appeal of these in the pictures below which show before and after shots... taking the pieces out is like opening up the cupboards to reveal what is kept inside which feels very exciting. EJ. Arnold are famous for creating educational toys for schools and health professionals, and this series of jigsaws come in stunning vintage condition.  



Another popular vintage toy maker is Willis Toys, We love the cottage jigsaw for it's bright primary colours and the way it mirrors the work of Dick Bruna of Miffy fame. We think many of your will like to pop this one on display on a shelf. The car jigsaw is ideal to teach children about size and matching. Crafters among you might like to make the cars into brooches - a popular use of vintage wooden jigsaw pieces from play trays.



Thinking of brooch making the woodland scene jigsaw - below left - would be perfect for this. In wonderful condition the pieces are the perfect size and feature little animals and birds.  Search for jigsaws at yay retro! now by using this link, I can combine postage for you.



We've just set up a new brand page in our Retropedia for Galt Toys, why not check it out here?

Ultra Rare Worcesterware Sea Dreams Teapot Stand for Sale in Box



yay retro! is delighted to have this incredibly rare teapot stand made by Worcester ware in the 1960/70s for sale in our online vintage shop. Decorated with two sardines, the design is from the highly sought after Sea Dreams range. This comes in it's original box and is in superb condition. Ideal to hang on a wall as an artwork or to use every day this is vintage at it's best! Take a look and buy here. Even the box is beautiful on this wonderful vintage item. The front of the stand is metal and the back is cork.

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