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Monday 11th December = Last yay retro! Posting Date for 2017

Last Posting Date for 2017

Just to let you know that my last day for posting in 2017 is this Monday the 11th December just after lunch. Please make sure your orders are in by then

Combined postage available as always, wherever safe to do so.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, thank you so much for all of your orders this year I really do appreciate it.

See you again at yay retro! in January 2018,
All the best Sue x

Vintage Barware, Ice Buckets & Trays for sale at yay retro!

Looking for vintage bar ware this Christmas?  Look no further than yay retro! I have vintage anodised metal ice buckets- the apple shaped one is great! Worcesterware and Laurids Lonborg metal coasters, Vintage 1950s and 60s melamine and formica woven trays and also champagne and shot glasses! Or, how about the amazing Peter England lion shaped ashtray made by Wade- amazing or what?! All fabulous gift ideas.  Go shopping in the yay retro! online vintage shop now.

yay retro! Taste Testing November Degustabox & Voucher Code

Hi I'm Sue and I'm delighted to have been invited to taste test the November 2017 Degustabox!  A bit about me to set the context....I run yay retro! an online vintage shop selling vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm Vegetarian and mad on cooking and eating. I love low calorie recipes as well as lots of daily treats! Degustabox is a monthly food subscription box.  You get loads of yummy foods and treats delivered direct to your home to try, all wrapped up in a happy box! See below for a Degustabox voucher code to get money off your first box.

Here are yay retro!'s taste test reviews (positive and negative) for November's Degustabox:

Filippo Berio Fennel & Garlic Crostini*

I would never have bought these, but they will now be a regular on my shopping list! It just so happened that as my Degustabox arrived I was making a Minestrone Casserole, so we immediately opened them and sprinkled them on the top. The fennel flavouring really came through which and livened up our dinnertime.  Another reason I would buy again is that it added bite to our meal and as vegetarian’s this is simply great! They have 30% less fat and are baked not fried - yay to these crostini!

Here’s the Minestrone Casserole Recipe I used: 

In a large pan, drizzle some olive oil then fry an large chopped onion, half a celery sliced into chunks, 4 sliced carrots, 1 sweet red pepper sliced, 1 crushed garlic clove. When golden add a tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tablespoons tomato puree, about ¾ pint of water  to cover everything and a vegetable stock cube. Bring to boil, add 75 gm of small pasta such as orzo or Conchigliette. Cover and reduce o a simmer until carrots cooked through. Now add a 400gm can of butter beans, salt & pepper to taste. Delicious and very easy!

Cadbury’s Picnic Bites

This was one of the first things we tried and shared the bag between us.  We love Cadbury’s chocolate and with wafer, caramel, peanuts and raisins inside what’s not to love? We ate them too fast and could easily have eaten another pack in one sitting, making me think it might be more cost effective for us to buy Picnic bars? PS: peanuts and raisins are perfect for vegetarians to get their protein and iron levels up so that's the perfect excuse to have them again!

Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn

This Fairtrade popcorn is completely delicious with just the right amount of sweetness.  At only 130 calories per bag and full of fibre, this is a treat you don’t really need to worry about. Completely delicious and one of my favourite brands of popcorn. I had mine for lunch instead of bread or crackers.

Filippo Berio Pesto*

I’ve never bought Pesto before?! I know - mad eh? I pan fried some broccoli and sun dried tomatoes, boiled up some pasta and stirred through about 2-3 tablespoons of Pesto. It made for a really delicious meal. A handy thing to have in the cupboard/fridge for a quick weeknight meal.


This is one of the things in the Degustabox which I initially thought 'oo-er'....I would never have bought or tried this without it's being sent to me. Well, what a happy surprise!!! It's completely delicious! This aloe vera based drink is flavoured with Cantaloupe Melon and it has actual pieces of melon in it - I LOVE melon!!! Apparently Aloe Vera drinks are complementary to Asian foods. I just had it first thing in the morning, straight out of the fridge. It was calming, not overly sweet and completely luscious. Would look for this again, I wonder if it would also work in cocktails? I thinking yes!

The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sour’s

Again, I’ve never bought Jelly Beans before, so another interesting try for me. They were absolutely gorgeous! I didn’t find them overly sour, just packed full of interesting flavours. They were really impactful on your tongue and I would definitely look for these again! My husband loved the coca cola ones and since they were my least favourite I picked all those out just for him - that's how nice I am!

Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes

We tried these over a late night supper of cheese, grapes and the chutney we also got in this month's Degustabox . I often eat rice cakes so was keen to give these a munch.  I absolutely loved them, there's definitely a hint of the normal Ryvita taste, but it's milder than found in the regular cracker. The cheese brought the cracker's flavours out more than just eating them on their own. What I love is that they are only 23 calories are very high in fibre and offer a really satisfying crunch and taste and I will definitely be buying them again. Looking for a Poole Pottery cheese dish like mine? Pop in to yay retro! and search 'cheese' now! 

The English Provender Co’s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

This is the perfect item for Christmas Festivities so I can see why it was added into this months box. We had it with the above meal by the fire. We both found it very strong, sweet, rich and a bit too 'heavy' for our tastes.  So we shall be donating this one to our son who loves chutneys!

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch

We eat a lot of Planters Dry Roasted and Salted Peanuts.  This version has unsalted peanuts with small chocolate buttons, plump cranberries and juicy raisins. All very Christmasssy. I liked them, but I really do prefer my peanuts salted. It would have been superb to have a salty and sweet mix; then they would have been must-buy thing in the future, but as they aren't I won’t be looking to buy again as they just didn’t zing enough for me personally. Am sure others would like very much as the quality of the ingredients was great.

Taylors of Harrogate Cacao Superior Columbia Coffee

My husband is the Coffee Aficionado in the house, so he gave this a try at work with his cafetiere. It smelt gorgeously chocolatey when he made it, infusing the office with warm exciting aromas. Based on this I would thoroughly recommend! How about putting a pot on to brew when you’re selling your home and have a viewing?! Anyhow, he liked it very much.

Kallo Organic Stock Pots Chicken

I use the vegetable Kallo stock pots all the time. They are neat little pots of reduced, high flavour ingredients which can easily be popped into stews, casseroles and soups. I like the way they melt easily and look to be full of actual real foods rather than fake looking flavouring.  I won’t use the chicken I received as I am vegetarian, but am sure it is as great as the vegetable ones.

Dalston’ Fizzy Apple

I never buy fruit juices and would never have thought to pick this up, so I am very glad I had this to try. I will definitely be looking out for this product again. It is full of flavour, not too sweet and not too fizzy.  It's actually the perfect taste combination for me and I would highly recommend. I can imagine choosing this instead of an alcoholic drink when out in the evening too. As you can see I drank it all before taking the photo - that's how nice it was!

Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin

We tried this for Supper. I personally found the apple taste to be unrealistic and perfumey and the raisins to hard. I love Weetabix and will stick with Weetabix original.

Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil*

Lovely and rich, ideal for jacket potatoes or Tuna Mayonnaise sandwiches. Pole & line caught this is the number 1 tuna brand in Italy, so a worthy addition to the Degustabox. (Shown on a vintage Arabia Finland fish platter from the yay retro! vintage shop.)

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

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! 

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

*Note: in the November Degustabox people either received Filippo Berio Crostinis, Pesto sauce or Rio Mare Tuna.
#Another Note, as a previous subscriber to Degustabox I am delighted to have been gifted this box and invited to blog my reviews of each product. Reviews given are honest and balanced.

1950s & 60s Cats and Dogs from yay retro!

Many people buy vintage cat and dog ornaments and toys at this time of year as gifts for their loved ones.  Luckily yay retro! have a great range of these in stock from 1950s cat vases to a 1960s Newlyn Pottery cat designed by Bill Fisher.

If dogs are more your thing then how about the vintage musical dog I have in stock? It's cute blue plastic face makes it a superb ornament as well as being a sweet addition to a nursery wall!  I know lots of you, ike me would put this on your lounge wall!! 

Pop in to yay retro! and search Dog or Cat today - I have lots of different vintagewares for sale to choose from!

Vintage Animal Ornaments and Money Boxes from yay retro!

yay retro!'s online vintage shop has some superb vintage animals in stock right now. From an Elizabeth Skipworth Lotus Pottery bird - a real rarity to a Howard Holt cat, we have so many gorgeous gift ideas just in time for Christmas!  

How about a Carltonware peacock bird money box? These are hardly ever seen, and with it's stylish colour and shape it's sure to be loved by any lucky recipient. Love elephants? Our Schmider Zell black polka dot elephant from the 1950s is a must-have!

I adore the Wade Lion which was made to advertise Peter England clothing back in the day when an ashtray was often found in outfitters across the land - strange as it seems now!  You could easily use this as an ornament today.

Finally shown above is a 1950/60s whale shaped soap dish. This is a cute item to have as an ornament, or to play with in the bath and I have one in red and one in blue. This is just a snapshot of some of the vintage animals I have for sale at yay retro! at the moment, so pop in and use the search box to find the animal of your choice!

Vintage Campervan Christmas Presents (and Vintage Caravans!)

What do vintage campervan & caravan lovers want for Christmas? Easy they love vintage Gaydon Melamine from yay retro! They adore Rosti Mepal melamine from Denmark and they admire funky Staffordshire Pottery mugs and vintage kettles.  yay retro! have everything you'll want to give to your vintage campervan or caravan friend in our online shop today!  Remember there's just one of each of these items available so it's worth nabbing them quickly (combined postage available).

Choose from Gaydon Melmex butter dishes in light and dark blue and yellow - several of which are unused. Then there's Gaydon melmex cups and saucers in 'as new' condition along with a superb cruet set which is complete and also unused - A real rarity!

Look for our Rosti Mepal flying saucer eggcups, dishes, cups and saucers and plates all in bright orange - lush!  Search 'mug' to find a selection of Staffordshire Potteries mugs and 'kettle' to find the enamel vintage kettles we've got in stock.

You might be interested to know that as these are items are virtually unbreakable yay retro! also sell a lot of them to theatre groups for use in on stage productions - bet you didn't know that?!

Buy Genuine Vintage Christmas Presents from the 1960s & 70s at yay retro!

When you look at the above gorgeous genuine vintage kitchenwares from the 1960s and 70s it's no wonder that so many of you are buying these for your friends and family this Christmas. Indeed I know many of you have added them to your Christmas lists as there are a lot more men buying from me at present!  These top notch items are available in the yay retro! online vintage shop here and include vintage Pyrex, Taunton Vale melamine trays, vintage Enamel cookware, British, Scandinavian & French tablewares from makers such as Figgjo Flint, Laurids Lonborg, Woodsware and Staffordshire Potteries.

Take a look at the gorgeous vintage coasters below decorated with fish from the Worcesterware Sea Dreams range. These are so highly sought after we just know that they will make someone ecstatically happy this Christmas time! Then there's the superb Italian pottery fish dish which is a large sized ornamental piece which can be a centrepiece to any buffet to tea party as well as being on display all year round. Hornsea pottery designed by John Clappison is always a gift worth giving, especially the Saffron pattern with it's daisy motif and I have a fabulous spice rack in stock at the moment - a lovely version which has tall jars.

Many people search for kettles that go on the hob at this time of year and yay retro! have several to choose from in our online shop here. Choose from red, blue, flowery or orange kettles - ideal for home, campervan or caravan!

How about A Taunton Vale Spice Rack? This is sure to go down well as will our vintage metal trays and tins which so many of you collect. I guess the most sought after tin would be an orange flower power Baretware biscuit tin, and....yep I've even got one of those for you! So yay retro! is the very best place to shop online this Christmas time, but get in quick as many of you have already started Christmas shopping and in most cases, there's just one of everything!!!

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