In the 1960s and 70s people across Great Britain were drinking their tea and coffee out of a wide range of bright and colourfully illustrated mugs. From all manner of flowers to abstract patterns, animal designs and quirky illustrations. Pretty much everyone had their favourite mug or mugs!
Today we are used to the whole 'mug thing', but back in the day it was a really new idea. Previously people had used cups and saucers for their tea & coffee breaks. However with more women going out to work there was less time for washing up fiddly cups and their saucers. There was also a desire to break with the traditions of their parents, so that young people and families were keen to embrace the mug as the 'go to' way to have their caffeine fix.
Suddenly mugs of every size were everywhere and the most popular makers were the Staffordshire Potteries. They created many flower power designs in orange, purples, pinks, yellow and blues with new ones seemingly being created week by week if the amount of designs we find if we look hard enough today, is anything to go by.
Makers included Staffordshire Potteries, Kilncraft & Royal Alma and all of these are highly prized by vintage collectors today. Also it is worth keeping an eye open for mugs for children with animal illustrations on them as collectors love these. If you are very lucky you can even find 1960s mugs wth nursery rhyme characters and 1970s mugs with icons such as Miffy on them. Search 'mug' at yay retro! now, combined postage available.
yay retro! specialise in selling top quality vintage wares from the 1960s and 70s. If Flower Power is your thing, then yay retro! is the place you'll love to shop! One of the top vintage brands I sell is Taunton Vale pottery and melamine kitchenwares. Made in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, the brand created the finest quality melamine including kitchen towel holders, utensil racks, trays and chopping boards. Smothered in bright blue, orange, red and yellow daisies some of the items are so adorable they simply need to put on display to bring a ray of sunshine to your home!
The range also included pottery such as storage jars, lidded sugar pots and rolling pins. I have a Taunton Vale vintage brands information page in my Retropedia which can be found in the footer of my website. This handy page not only has heaps of great photos, it has a mini history and also shows you the availability of Taunton Vale items on the yay retro! website at any one time.
Go shopping at yay retro! for Taunton Vale using this link.
Visit the Taunton Vale page in the yay retro! Retropedia using this link. Many people who love 1950s, 60s and 70s style insist on using Prestige, Skyline utensils in their kitchens. These iconic utensils are central to our collective memories in the UK, as practically every family had them and heaps of people are still using them. They are available in all different colour ways from yellow & green striped to red and cream, orange and sky blue. It's actually a lovely idea to mix and match the colours and I know many yay retro! customers do so. There are also utensils which have Scandi styled patterns on them.
The kinds of utensils available include vegetable or potato mashers, straining, measuring and lifting spoons, fish slices and palette knives, meat forks and tomato slicers. More unusually I get in Skyline sieves and utensil racks, batter whips, pastry crimpers and pastry blenders.
Some of the utensils I get in are made by Nutbrown & Rosti Mepal. These can easily be used alongside the Skyline utensils as they are of a similar size and quality. Occasionally I find Skyline utensils racks which are chrome. Taunton Vale floral melamine racks are also ideal for hanging up utensils so it's always worth taking a look at the shop to see if I have any. Why not check out all the vintage kitchen utensils I have for sale now, I can combine postage for you via manual refund after purchase, OR get in touch before ordering and I will set up a special order with the correct postage for you to pay.
yay retro! have lots of vintage Miffy toys and table ware for sale in our online vintage shop at the moment. Designed by Dick Bruna in 1955, Miffy the rabbit has found worldwide love and admiration and so I always try to have some vintage Miffy in stock for you to buy. My favourite items are the Playcraft mug, bowl, mug and plate. These were created in the 1970s and are in stunning condition, making ideal gifts for a child or collector.
I also have a very rare Miffy plate made in the 90s for Unicef, celebrating World Peace. If you are looking for cost-effective Miffy items then why not snap up a little vintage framed picture? These are priced at only £6.50 and come in a new box frame!
I know many collectors love to give the wooden Dick Bruna jigsaws as gifts, and many more of you use them as ornaments and pictures in your vintage styled homes. Choose from a teddy or Miffy and her dad flying an aeroplane.
This weekend there is an extra special event taking place in Totnes, Devon where I live. It's the Bodykind Festival
, the first ever festival dedicated to encouraging each and everyone one of us to feel comfortable in our own skin. The event is taking place from October 13th - 15th and I am really looking forward to going along.
With the media showing us photoshopped bodies at every turn, it can be hard not to compare ourselves to often unattainable looks. This 'first of a kind', weekend long, not for profit event has been set up to encourage us all to love and respect our bodies. There are speakers such as Bodyposipanda from Instagram, Harnaam Kaur & Glory Pearl plus workshops, music, theatre and dance, art, film and photography, so something for everyone to get involved. You can find out more about what's on here.
Looking at the Bodykind website, you'll see that: "Bodykind is about honouring life in its various forms, rather than comparing oneself or anyone else to an external concept of beauty." The Bodykind Festival will promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity, illuminate and challenge non-acceptance. Why not buy your ticket today?
See you there!
If you are looking for cost effective ready framed vintage or retro pictures then yay retro! is the place to shop! I have so many gorgeous pictures by top 1960/70s illustrators for sale, and they are all ready mounted in top quality frames.
I've purposely chosen white box frames for my pictures as these can be stood on a shelf or hung on the wall, plus being white they will match any room colour scheme. Why not take a look in the yay retro! shop now for framed pictures? Click here to see my framed retro pictures now, and remember all can be sent with combined postage for you (via a manual refund after purchase).
Previous customers have hung thees on the wall, stood on shelves and sideboards, mantelpieces or given as gifts. Why not join them?
Much of what yay retro! sells in our online vintage shop are one offs or rarities not often found. An item can be for sale one minute and gone the next, never to be seen again or at least not for 6 months or so! If you see something you love, it's certainly worth snapping it up before the next vintage collector comes along! Pop in to yay retro! today for a relaxing 1960s/70s browse and shop by clicking here.
yay retro! sell vintage kitchenware, tableware, fabrics, bedding, toys, ornaments and books from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s and a smattering of 80s and 90s too! Last night I wanted to use up lots of mushrooms and some spring onions I had left in the fridge. I came up with a yummy Peanut sauce to go over the vegetables and pasta. Here's the recipe:
Quick Pasta in Peanut Sauce Recipe for 2 People
For the sauce
1 heaped tablespoon peanut butter
good slosh of Dark Soy sauce - around 2 dessertspoons
about 1/8 pint boiling water
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Freshly Ground Sea Salt
75 gram of pasta spirals per person
chilli infused oil
Button mushrooms (I used 2 small packs)
Bunch spring onions cut into chunks
1 sweet red pepper sliced
few sticks of celery sliced
(or other vegetables you like)
Ground cashew or peanuts to sprinkle on the top if liked
Set the pasta to boil. Then gently fry all of the vegetables in a pan. In a jug mix the ingredients for the sauce. When the vegetables are golden pour over the sauce and fry off until it has reduced and coats all the veg nicely. When the pasta is cooked, drain off and stir into the pan with the vegetables and sauce. Serve in a serving dish or the pan itself, so people can take as much as they'd like and sprinkle with the nuts if using. Why not pop into yay retro! now to find yourself some vintage cookware from the 1960s/ 70s?
With the party season upon us, it's time to stock up your retro bar at home with vintage glassware! yay retro! have some superb sets of 1950, 60s & 70s glasses in stock at the moment, which are ideal for your home or to give as a gift.
This set of Chesterfield wine flutes come in their original bright orange box and are unused. Their bright colours just 'sing' out the 1950/60s and they would be ideal with a glass of sparkling wine. Simply cack open the fizz and party! (Would work with white white, port and sherry too).
This boxed set of dog tooth or hounds tooth check glasses come with their own decanter. I would imagine someone was given this as a wedding gift and tucked it away in the back of a cupboard as it has never come out of the box. This 1960s gift set would be the perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas!
We adore this 1950s Atomic glasses rack. It comes with a boxed set of vintage polka dot glasses. I defy you to resist their charm! This would be a superb item to have on your sideboard ready for a tipple or two!
If you are looking for a quirky affordable gift why not give this Wyncraft teak rack with 4 frosted yellow 1950s glasses inside? It's only £8 ! Pop in to yay retro! now and search 'glasses'.
This is the 3rd Degustabox I've had, after signing up to this subscription based food box a couple of months ago. With Degustabox you get a top quality, fun box of new foods to try every month. The idea being that you try new foods at a lower price than you’d find them in the shops.
A bit about me....I'm Sue and I run yay retro!, which is an online vintage shop selling genuine Vintage and Flower Power
items for your vintage styled home. I love cooking healthy food - largely from scratch. I thought readers might be interested to read these reviews whilst taking a look at some gorgeous vintage wares at the same time - well why not?! (Note I have paid for this Degustabox myself.)
Here's what's inside September 2017's Degustabox:
American Kitchen Columbian Albondigas Sauce
I’ve recently come across this brand in my local Morrison’s. The sauce is described as ‘ a comforting tomato sauce for meatballs’ and is labelled as being ‘mild’. It’s made to serve 2 people. Looking at the back, the ingredients include smoked paprika, nutmeg, chilli pepper, bay leaf & garlic. Opening the pack, the sauce smelt really interesting and also quite strong and since we don’t eat meat, I decided to use it in a vegetable chilli. I fried up some onions, mushrooms, and a bit of quorn mince, then added chopped tomatoes and red kidney beans with this sauce added in. The result was a big bowl of warming chilli, which would serve 4 (but we ate it all), and we loved it. There were lots of different layers of taste to the sauce and it tasted totally unlike anything we’ve had before. So a fresh meal idea. Apparently there are 5 other sauces in the range.
American Kitchen Coconut & Chilli Rice
We eat a lot of microwavable rice and my favourite is Tilda’s coconut flavour basmati. So I was keen to try this one. What struck me about it was the utterly different flavour, and the way it looked different too. It has the appearance of a dry pan fried rice - with the coconut having some colour and texture to it. It is much more savoury than Tilda’s rice and has a more 'grown up' flavour. I really liked it and it went perfectly with the vegetable chilli I made as above. I would try this again, particularly in the autumn/winter months. Apparently there are 5 other rice flavours in the range.
Seriously Strong Spreadable Squares
Degustabox had a coupon for this spreadable cheese. I chose the 'light' version, and the pack had 8 small squares of soft cheese inside. I like buying small portions of cheese as you can measure out how much you're having at once. It was a posh box with a little patterned liner, making it a nice thing to put on a tea or supper table. We had them with salad and crackers and both enjoyed the taste. They taste quite a bit stronger than Dairylea or Laughing Cow. However I was surprised to see that the calories in these are significantly higher than that found in the light version of Laughing Cow (192cals per 100gm vs 147cals), so for me I wouldn't particularly buy again. Additionally they are made in France from Scottish Cheddar, so quite a few food miles involved.
Greens Creamy Egg Custard Filling
I’ve never used this product before and it was the first thing I decided to have a go at. You can make the custard and pop into a ready made pastry case or make your own*. There is enough of the custard to fill a 7 inch flan dish, and to serve 6 people. I was unsure how to make this as I was expecting it to work like custard which goes thick as you cook it, however with this product it is more like when you make jelly (it sets later). You simply add a pint of milk, bring to the boil, then boil for a minute, pour it into the flan case and leave it to cool and set. This takes about an hour, you then pop in the fridge to chill. It’s so easy! We loved this light airy pud and I think it would be amazing with a sprinkling of raspberries on the top too. It’s not too sweet which is ideal for our taste. One of the things I like about the product is the reverse of the box, which is vintage styled - Green’s have been making baking products for over 100 years. Of course dried egg powder which is a key ingredient in this, was used during the war due to rationing. I’ve never used it before today - at just 69p it’s a bloomin’ bargain!
If you visit the Greens website you’ll find a recipe for Bread & Butter Pudding which uses the egg custard mix too. One thing I did not realise is that Greens make loads of different dessert mixes, so I will have to take a closer look at what they do, having tried this successfully. Below is a 1960/70s Taunton Vale flan dish for sale at yay retro! why not take a look now?
*Make your own pastry - 4 ounces flour, 2 oz fat (ie. clover light), ½ tspn sugar, very cold water. In a food mixer blend to breadcrumbs, slowly add water to form a ball. Roll out on floured board to fit dish.
Mentos Mints in Sharing Bag
These are the same as the regular tubes of Mentos, but they come in a sharing bag with both the mint and spearmint varieties. I love these but haven’t had them for a while. It’s a good idea to pop them in a bag like this, as I normally end up buying several tubes at once. These will be living in the car for long journeys or traffic jams! Love the fact they are flavoured with natural ingredients only, and they are only £1.19!
Dream Rice Quinoa
This is a plant based milk replacement product and is in the Ancient Grains range (the other being oat, spelt, buckwheat and linseed.) I tried it to make my regular morning porridge and had raspberries and banana with it. I was really looking forward to this, but am very sad to say I found it unpleasantly savoury tasting. The aroma was also unappealing to me. I did eat it, but declined to eat hubby’s when he also said he didn’t like it. I would imagine it would be alright in something savoury perhaps, but we won’t be trying again. You can use this in smoothies, on cereals or on it's own and it's calcium rich.
Virtue Sparkling Energy Water
When I saw this I thought, hmmm more sugary drinks - but NO! Woop! This is an energy drink with zero calories, zero sugar and no sweeteners - Fantastic! Think sparkling water which gives you a little lift like a cup of tea might, and you’re there. I found it surprising initially as you just think it’s going to be sweet, and when you drink it, it’s like “urrrr….?!” Then you remind yourself, “no, because this is sparkling water” and your tastebuds are back on track. Both the Lemon & Lime and Berries have a light flavour which is more salty than sweet due to the carbonation (as I personally find with sparkling water). The flavour level is rather like when you’re at the end of a drink which has has melted ice cubes in it, this is not a criticism, just a description of the taste level. I would choose this if I needed a pick me up over and above any regular fizzy sweet drink. However at £1.35 each they are too pricey for me really.
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks - My Favourite Item in the Box!!!!
Normally I buy own brand tuna in spring water, so this isn’t something I would normally pick up. You can tell this is a top quality product with chunky pieces of pale coloured tuna in their own juices (which you are advised not to throw away as they are rich in omega 3.) I made a tuna and mayo sandwich using Weightwatchers bread. I used nearly the whole tin and had a mega protein rich feast! Apparently this is line caught and as such is ranked #1 by Greenpeace for sustainability. I am SO glad I tried this and will definitely buy again if I can find it in my local Morrisons, even though it is a pricier product (£3.49), as the difference in flavour is noticeable. UPDATE: I could not find this in my local small Morrisons so I bought 12 cans online direct from Wild Planet - That's how much I loved this product!
Green & Black’s Velvet Edition 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
You cannot go wrong with Green & Black’s chocolate, I love it! Normally I buy the ginger or orange flavour. I am not sure how this is velvety, I guess it doesn’t have that shocking zing which you can have with 70% cocoa versions of dark chocolate? Whatever, it’s completely yum and comes in at only £1.99.
Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp
I am a cereal addict, I am often eat them at supper time as a treat. With high fibre levels and low fat this is appealing to me. This one has crunchy flakes, oats and grains in it, and has a little more sugar the regular shop brand Cheerios I buy. On tasting it is quite sugary, but not overly so, the balance is just right. Oddly, there are actually more flakes than Cheerios, and these remind of crunchy nut cornflakes but less sweet. I would recommend these as a treat rather than an every day cereal as I prefer to have low or zero sugar breakfast cereals. However, have to say I've munched the whole box already - yumtastic!
San Miguel Gluten Free Beer
This 5.4% ABV beer is a nice thing to have in the fridge after a long hard day packing parcels for yay retro! I love craft beers, so am looking forward to giving this a try. Apparently it’s gluten free as it does not have ingredients such as rice, buckwheat or corn etc in it. I've given it a try and it is light and fruity with just the amount of sweetness. It has a good kick and I would recommend for those people wanting to follow a gluten free diet or really anyone who fancies a beer! (Photo to follow).
Knorr Concentrated Stock
This is a handy sized bottle of beef stock which can be used in your cooking in place of a stock cube. I like the idea of this as you don’t need to melt / mix it with water it as you do with most other stocks. You only need a few drops and I’ll try to give it a go when I next use Quorn in a meal. This is made from real beef so am in two minds about it, being as I am a non meat eater.
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I'm finding Degustabox interesting and fun as it makes try products. which I would not normally buy. Many of the onces we've found in our Degustaboxes have become firm favourites already! Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here
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- Products have been shown with: Habitat Monaco & 1960/70s Poole Pottery plates, Praesidium & Taunton Vale trays, Scandinavian mid century fish dish, Woods Beryl dishes, Staffordshire Potteries Mug, vintage Pyrex, 1950s Glasses. Similar items available here at yay retro! here.