Retro china, glassware & kitchenalia to buy

our blog - March 2017

Rorstrand Eden Ovenware Dish for sale at yay retro!

The yay retro! online shop specialises in selling vintage wares from the 1940s to 1970s. Vintage homewares come from England and as far afield as the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. one of the most sought after Scandi brands in Rorstrand and we are delighted to have sourced a Roststrand Eden ovenware dish, which is now for sale.

The Eden pattern was designed by Sigrid Richter and is decorated with large blue apples and green leave, this design is highly sought after by vintage collectors of Scandinavian wares. We have not been able to find another of these online and so believe it to be very rare indeed. This dish is a good size and would serve around 4 people. 

Worcester Ware Sea Dreams Savoy Cocktail Mats in stock at yay retro!

yay retro! are delighted to have stocks of the very rare Worcester Ware Sea Dreams Savoy Cocktail Mats at the moment.

These features Sardines, Goldfish and Plaice and are immensely sought after by vintage collectors. We  are selling these individually to enable more people to own one.

Absolutely adorable, and terribly hard to get hold of .... why not treat yourself today? You could hang them on the wall or stand on a shelf as a piece of art - Combined postage available. Pop in and search Worcester ware in our online vintage shop now.

Top vintage picks for Spring time from yay retro!

The sun is out and it's all about the Power of the Flower here at yay retro! I've been busy filling the shelves of my online shop with the very best vintage wares from the 1960s and 70s just for you! Whether you love bright orange homewares, flowery coffee pots and collectable vintage tine, vintage Pyrex or top notch Scandinavian 60/70s design yay retro! is the shop for you.

Simply click and buy and I will do all the rest - combined postage available - why not unpack an exciting yay retro! parcel in your home soon?  Pop in now!

Lovely Display Wooden Shelves at yay retro! now

I've got some great little wooden display shelves in stock at yay retro! this week. If printers trays are out of your budget and you want to show off your mini vintage collection of knick knacks then these are the answer....

I have a shabby chic shelf painted with Annie Sloan paints as well a simple cube shaped box shelf. Both of these can easily be stood on a shelf or sideboard, or you can apply some fixings and put them on the wall.

Also available are some superb display racks ideal for all sorts of bits and bobs as well as for spice jars. These come with fixings to put them up on the wall, however they are also perfect as free-standing items. As you can see all of these are a fab way to show off a collection of kitsch treasures. Why not take a look at these in the yay retro! online vintage shop now?

Framed Vintage Galt Toys Pictures to buy at yay retro! now

yay retro! know how much you are all enjoying the framed pictures we are putting into our online vintage shop at the moment. This week I've added some gorgeous fabric pictures designed by Felicity Lewis for Galt Toys in the 60/70s. They are printed on to cotton as they were originally in a baby's rag book.

The book was a bit tired, and I didn't want to waster the amazing illustrations which have all been printed on to cotton. So it seemed that the best thing was to frame them up in gorgeous white box frames. Look out for the cutest birds and Daisy the cow in her flower power field...

There are also pictures of ducks, a Mummy and child and this super lady walking her dog on an Autumn day. The frames can be stood on a shelf as they are 1 inch deep, or else hung on the wall r propped using the integral stand on the back. So versatile and the perfect gift or treat. Take a look at all the framed pictures yay retro! have for sale right now here. Don't forget I always combine postage on multiple picture orders.

yay retro! have a range of vintage Galt Toys for sale, to browse what is available now click here.

Vintage Plastic Bread Bins for sale at yay retro!

If you are looking for a 1960s or 70s plastic bread bin, then yay retro! is the shop for you. Right now we have a gorgeous orange flip top bread bin as well as a roll top bread bin in green.  Both are stylish and large enough to hold any amount of bread, rolls and crumpets!

Many vintage lovers like to have a genuine bread bin in their kitchen as a central feature.  Why not take a look at the real retro bread bins yay retro! have for sale 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.

Buy Vintage 1960s - 80s Fisher Price Toys from yay retro!

Recently we've had a lot of customers ask us to start selling vintage toys. So we've been out hunting for vintage Galt Toys, Spears Games and also Fisher Price. Like you we prefer the older Fisher Price toys from the 1960 & 70s, these were often made with a wooden body and then paper decals. Sometimes these also have plastic additions. People love these toys as they can recall playing with them, themselves.

A key example would be the Fisher Price Little Snoopy Dog who has to be the cutest pull along dog available! He carries a little wooden shoe and has bright orange wheels designed to make him wobble along. Another popular 1960s pull along is the turtle who has big orange feet and a red top hat. Many people like to buy these as ornaments as well as to pop in the toy box for their children or grandchildren.

Other early 60s designs include the Fisher Price fire engine from 1963, this has an extendable ladder and a wooden driver. In 1969 the red minibus was launched, this is brilliant for camper van lovers, and we can imagine it on display in any van drivers home, or maybe in their van itself! What a great gift for a VW owner this would make. Fill it with Fisher Price mini people and you are away! In the 70s further vehicles were added to the Fisher Price range such as the Mini copter in 1972. We adore this one as it has a little girl and a dog looking out of the windows making it extra cute on display.

One of the most sought after Fisher Price toys is the Bluebird musical box. People love to hang this on their walls. It is hard to find these in the UK, they normally turn up in the USA, perhaps suggesting this was the main place they were sold?

Fisher Price made garages, farms, zoos, houses, trains and schools and all of these were populated by the Fisher Price little people. These figures come in all designs, with some being more sought after than others. Grandma is a special one as are the clowns, the people who do particular jobs and the village people styled figures. People collect these as they are a great size to pop on display in a vintage collection, for instance in a printers tray.

yay retro! have lots of Fisher Price little people in cars and with furniture sets such as a teacher with her school desk, the postman with his post van and mail box and a mum and her baby with nursery furniture and pushchair. We have even had the must-have Fisher Price sewing machine - this of course sold immediately!  However we have another on it's way so do keep a look out in the yay retro! shop. Search vintage Fisher Price at yay retro! now by using this link.

Bright Orange Vintage 1960s/70s rug for sale

yay retro! are absolutely delighted to have this amazing bright orange 1960/70s rug for sale in our online vintage shop today. This is in superb condition and would look incredible in any vintage home. It has a bright orange background with yellow and red circular daisy patterns overlaid. We've only ever found a few rugs for you, and this one is the tops!  Clean, bright and amazing it's definitely worth snapping this one up today! Click the photo to find out more and buy. Ideal for lounge, bedroom, dining room or hall!

Stunning 60/70s Flower Power Bed Throws - Buy Today!

yay retro! have two stunning bright 1960/70s Flower Power bedspread or throws for sale in our online vintage shop right now. Both are smothered in the most fantastic daisy patterns and come to you fresh out of their storage bags unused! We took them out and laundered them so that they are fresh as a daisy for you! These are a rare find indeed, and come in either a red or turquoise blue colour way.

Use on your bed, as a throw on a sofa or as a stunning picnic blanket. These are perfect for home, caravan or camper van. Both measure up at approx 
186 x 234cm...

The European Actual Bed Sizes are:

Single 90 x 190cm
Double  140 x 190cm
King 160 x 200cm
Super King 200 x 200cm

So these could 
be used on any size bed and will just drape (or not) to different degrees. Pop in to yay retro! now to take a look at these in our vintage textiles section, or use the search box in our shop to find by searching 'throw'.

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