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Arthur Wood Brand added to Retropedia at yay retro!

Have you checked out the yay retro! Retropedia in the footer of the website?  Scroll down and take a look now as it is chock full of vintage brands pages....From Arabia Finland and Arcopal through to Poole Pottery and Wyncraft. This is what you're looking extensive list of vintage brands which is growing month by month....Simply click on the brand you are interested in.

People love to know the history of these makers and I have tried to give a little flavour of each, as well as including lots of photos of the items yay retro! has sold over the years of each company's work.  The Retropedia is also a 'go to place' to find out the stock levels of each maker at any one time.

Arthur Wood Vintage Brands Page

Yesterday I added a new page for Arthur Wood & Son. This shows you lots of the gorgeous items made by the company in the 1960s and 70s. Such as the fantastic range of money boxes in all different shapes from kangaroos to cats! one thing you may be interested to find out is that Arthur Wood bought Carlton ware, and so this must be one of the reasons why their money box ranges have a similar look to them! Why not visit the Arthur Wood Vintage brand page now?

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.

5 Ideas with Vintage Lidded Preserve Pots!

yay retro! have a fantastic range of vintage lidded preserve pots for sale in our online vintage shop right now! I have pots for your Poole Pottery, Taunton Vale or Toni Raymond collections, vintage Sylvac & Villeroy & Bosch pineapple pots and even a pot shaped like a pear!  

With it being jam making season you are bound to be looking for a vintage jam or marmalade pot to serve at tea or breakfast times. Or perhaps you are more of a honey fiend, in which case our delightful Secla pots with a bee on the top will be right up your street.

5 ideas on how to use Lidded Preserve Jars

1. Store sugar in a lidded preserve jar; hand as you can leave the spoon in the jar too
2. Use as an ornament, many preserve jars are so pretty they look perfect on the mantelpiece
3. Use to store cotton buds in your bedroom or bathroom.
4. Give as a gift with homemade jam, birthdays or Christmas are always nicer with homemade gifts
5. Ring the changes and serve chutneys in a stylish vintage lidded pot

As you can see lidded pots are really handy things to have in your modern vintage home. They are a very affordable way to collect vintage wares and you can house lots of them in a display due to their compact size. Why not take a look at the preserve jars I have for sale at the moment? I can combine postage for you.

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?

Buy Collectable Vintage Salt & Pepper Pots at yay retro!

Many people collect vintage salt & pepper pots along with novelty cruet sets. The yay retro! online vintage shop have many different collectable table ware that is sure to excite even the most discerning collector! From key brands and designers to quirky pots made to look like everyday objects, salt and pepper pot collecting is a popular hobby.

Why Collect Vintage Salt & Pepper Pots?

With many pots made to look like everyday objects and animals, S&P pots are the perfect way to collect kitsch ornaments to display on a shelf or in a printers tray styled arrangement. You can accommodate lots of salt & pepper pots in a small space! Don't worry, if you only find one of the pots and it works as an ornament, it's not a problem!

When you are keen on a particular mid century or 60/70s designer, salt and pepper pots can be an affordable way to add their work to your collection. Being small they can often be at an entry level price bracket.

If you do manage to find a pair of pots they look great at each end of a shelf or interacting with one another, like the Hornsea birds previously sold at yay retro! below. Plus of course you have the added advantage that can also use them every day at meal times if you wish!

Pineapple Salt & Pepper Pots 

Pineapples are currently all the rage and yay retro! are delighted to have several vintage pineapple shaped cruet sets in stock. We have several Villeroy & Bosch pots as well as a 1940s cruet set which includes a pineapple mustard pot and orange and lemon salt & pepper pots.

Carrying on the fruity theme, the wonderful 1940/50s set above has been made to look like oranges and comes with a little vintage mustard spoon. We think the set may have been made by Goebel.

Hornsea & Carltonware Salt & Pepper Pots

One of the most sought after vintage brands is Hornsea.  Their key designer in the 1970s was John Clappison who created a huge array of different patterns to collect. We adore the apple motif on the teak lidded pots below, as well as the quirky yellow striped pots in Clappison's Rainbow design on the right. Both of these would be a tremendous addition to your vintage dinner table!

Carltonware also created interesting salt and pepper pots which are now avidly collected. The lion pots below can be placed together when not in use to create a sphere shape. Alternatively pop them at each end of a shelf as ornaments. There are many different designs available in this range and yay retro! get them in as often as we can find them!

Salt & Pepper Birds

People adore anything with bird motifs and these bird salt and pepper pots are ideal for those vintage ornithologists amongst you!  These would make perfect gifts.  Choose from bird shaped salt and pepper pots or lovely vintage Avon milk glass pots with brightly coloured abstract birds on each side.

Beetleware from the 1950s

Beetleware is an early form of plastic which has it's own band of devotees. Vintage collectors who love a dash of minimalism mixed with top quality seek out this kind of tableware. It's really unusual to find a complete set, so we are delighted to have this superb red Beetleware cruet set available in the yay retro! shop to buy now!

Plastic & Melamine Salt & Pepper Pots from the 60s & 70s

With scientific improvements in production and stability, the 1960s brought along a wider range of plastics which quickly began finding their way into our homes. German companies such as Emsa brought out a huge range of bright colourful tableware in the 60s & 70s decorated with flowers which are still very much loved by vintage collectors today. They specialised in making pots which often came in baskets made to look like the real thing such as the boxed set below.

Gaydon Melmex a British company created superb minimal designs in a range of pastel and bright colours from blues to oranges. These are now very popular with vintage camper van and caravan owners who look for genuine vintage wares for their vans.

Quirky Vintage Salt Shakers made to look like other things!

Salt shakers were made in all sorts of shapes, this large sailors head is pretty amazing!  It was made by the Barn Pottery in Devon and looks to be 1940s in shape, however it could have been made as late as the 1970s. One thing is for sure he is a cheeky thing and would be really handy to have as a kitchen helper! The great thing is we have lots of matching items from this marvellous range and can combine postage.

1940s & 50s Salt & Pepper Pots

In amongst some of the older styles of salt and pepper pots yay retro! currently have for sale are this wooden set which comes on it's own little display shelf. Decorated with cockerels, this is a lovely piece of the 50s for you at a clearance price!! The black Art Deco set is made from glass and is really unique and a fab addition to a 40s styled home.  Why not pop in to yay retro! now and take a look at all of our salt and pepper pots?

Genuine Vintage Christmas Cards and Christmas Cake Decorations for sale!

Here at yay retro! I know how many of you just adore Christmas, and of course being lovers of vintage I know you love to celebrate with genuine vintage 1960/70s cards and decorations!  With that in mind I've added a huge array of vintage Christmas card packs to my online vintage shop.

Whether you are looking for kitsch 60s cards or more traditional ones, I have wonderful card packs which feature some stunning illustrations ready for you to send to friends and family, or to frame up and use as decorations. Of course robins feature strongly as we all cute 60s deer, mice, cats and dogs!

If you are buying a shop bought cake or making your own iced Christmas cake, you'll want to use some vintage decorations to being it to life. You might also want to use my tried and tested recipe for Christmas cake which is stunningly easy here.

My packs of vintage cake decorations include traditional woodland ones with deer and robins to funky skateboarding snowmen and adorable penguins.

Don't forget yay retro! also sells traditional vintage Christmas gift bags and wrap from the 1960/70s. I've included some lovely gift tags with these too and right now they are on offer!

If you take a look at my Christmas section by searching the word Christmas in my shop here, you'll also find  a vintage plastic holly wreath....

The most amazing little kitsch wooden deer candle holder in it's original box....(She is perfect as a year round ornament.).....

.....and even vintage bottlebrush Christmas trees which are perfect to pop on your mantelpiece with other Christmas inspired ornaments.

Now I know you are thinking this is all way too early, but with each Christmas item I sell being a vintage one off in the shop, it really is a first come first served situation and lots of you have already begun to buy for this years' Christmas festivities!  Why not snap up our sew your own vintage Christmas Fairy doll and get working on her now?

Shop at yay retro! for genuine vintage Christmas cards, wrap and decorations now.

New yay retro! Retropedia page for Carlton ware!

I've just launched a new page in my Retropedia on my website, for Carlton ware. This can be found in the footer of my site or by using this link: Carltonware at yay retro!

The page has a potted history of the Carlton ware brand and lots of photos of items I have sold in the yay retro! online vintage shop over the years. It is also a handy page for finding out how many items of this brand I have in stock at any one time.

Why not pay a visit now to find out more? In the meantime here is a picture of the elusive and most sought after Carltonware money box the Scandi styled bird which I have recently added to my own collection.

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

Atomic Ranch interview yay retro!

I am absolutely delighted that the prestigious Californian based magazine Atomic Ranch have interviewed me for their blog. Atomic Ranch is all about midcentury design, focussing on architect designed homes from the 1940s to 1960s. They look at every part of home design from the architect designed exterior to the detailing and decor inside, so it's fantastic that they have found the yay retro! online vintage shop and written about it.  

Here's a link to the article on their gorgeous website, which is packed full of wonderful homes and information - worthy of a regular visit for a dose of 1960s and 70s goodness! The blog post is entitled: "The Hows And Whats Of Collecting Midcentury Kitchenalia. From fondue pots to Pyrex, here's the 411 on the cool stuff in your kitchen" and focusses on popular brands such as Woods ware, Poole Pottery, Hornsea and Pyrex. The blog post uses photos from the yay retro! Retropedia which can be found in the footer of the yay retro! website. Click the pic below to read more.

above...a snippet of the article on Atomic Ranch.

Pop in to yay retro! for your very own browse now.

Poole Pottery Vintage Oven to Tableware For Sale

In the late 1950s and into 1960s Robert Jefferson created two very significant ranges of tableware for Poole Pottery.  These are Lucullus and Herb Garden and include many novel pieces which can be sued from oven to table.

Poole Pottery Lucullus

The Lucullus range is mainly decorated with vegetables, whilst there is also a baking plate decorated with shrimps. It has the Blue Moon glaze which is a teal or petrol blue with a glossy finish.  The stunning thing about this tableware is the very fine quality of the pottery. It is amazingly fine, yet robust enough to be used in the oven.

The tableware is on a par with Pyrex being designed for baking in the oven, as well as storing items in the fridge.  We have a round casserole dish and also the ergonomically shaped stewpot decorated with mushrooms for sale in the yay retro! shop at the moment. 

Below are two of the baking plates ostensibly for fish, but could be used for anything and look wonderful on display when not in use.

Poole Pottery Herb Garden

The Herb Garden range has the highly sought after zingy acid lemon Sunshine Yellow glaze and herb patterns.  This is much harder to get hold of, either as people did not buy so much of it when the range was launched, or because being an exciting glaze people have held on to the pieces they have and passed them down though their families.

This oven to tableware is perfect for display when not in use, we love the peapod patterns which are absolutely bang on trend at the moment.

The unusual shapes in the both the Lucullus and Herb Garden ranges still have the power to encourage creative recipes and are really fun to cook with!

Why not pop in to the yay retro! online vintage shop now and search 'Poole' using this link?

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