Archive of ‘Your Vintage Musings’ category

Dad’s dilemna

It’s Fathers day this weekend and the usual dilemna crops up. What to buy our daddys? The shops are full of useless tat for him such as “I Love My Dad” slippers as well as more useful yet boring car wash kits. So here are some ideas that are both vintage and fun which should […] Read more…

Your Vintage Life’s May

Well it’s been another busy month in May…so busy in fact we havent really blogged at all! We traded at our first Milton Keynes Handmade and Vintage fair.We loved it…..meeting such nice people who gave up the sunniest Saturday of the year to shop!   Our latest  for Vintage Life magazine was published. It was […] Read more…

60 years of Jubilee celebrations

As we all know this Tuesday our country celebrates the Queen’s jubilee…60 years since she came to the throne. I have quite a fascination with the coronation in 1953..mainly due to my love of all things 1950s. I have a great collection of coronation memorabilia…mainly Queeny tins.   But what about the rest  of my […] Read more…

Vintage hair, Vidal and me

For someone who loves vintage clothing and jewellery, especially the 1950s, I have not embraced the hairstyle of this era. Don’t get me wrong it looks great on other people…victory rolls, short rollered fringes and curls…but to me it is just too much hard work. Mummy Christmas’s bob 2008 I have never owned or used rollers. […] Read more…

Vintage Barcelona

We are back from a child free weekend away in Barcelona. It was lovely to have a rest, to spend time together and discover a few vintage finds on the way. We both have been a few times before so the usual sight seeing wasnt the priority. Instead we wanted to chill, eat nice food, drink wine […] Read more…

Happy Birthday!

Today, Your Vintage Life is celebrating our 2nd birthday. Amazing to think we have crammed all this into just 2 short years! Thanks for all your support, feedback, comments on the blog, likes on Facebook, follows on Twitter…..and of course to all our customers. Without you guys, we would not be here! Have a cake […] Read more…

What we should learn from the past

Todays blog is just a quick reminder that being skinny isnt all it’s cracked up to be. In the past it was actually seen as unattractive. I shared (via The Affordable Vintage Fair)  this advert on yesterdays Facebook/Twitter page and have had a great response.   With our media shoving it down our throats telling […] Read more…

My favourite vintage era

Welcome to episode 2 of a new series of blogs from some of my fellow friends and colleagues within the vintage business. The topic of conversation is  “My favourite vintage era”. Today we have Kerry, the vintage girl behind the popular blog, Missy Vintage. picture by Mat Keller Hi Kerry, Can you tell our readers […] Read more…

Clarity

Now I don’t usually write mega personal blogs so bare with me here…… For years I have felt rubbish, truly rubbish. My health has always been a bit hazy like the feeling in my head. I seem to suffer from so many health issues (niggly ones, not major ones) that I havent had a day […] Read more…

January, the 30 day de-clutter

Now before we start I must credit A Thrifty Mrs for this idea as it isn’t my own. So my life is full of STUFF. We are great collecters as regular readers will know, glasswear, Tupperware, Fisher Price toys, costume jewellery, handbags, dresses, garden tools, Coronation tins….all vintage of course. The list is endless. Only some of […] Read more…

2011, Another vintage year

We have had a fantastic year here at Your Vintage Life which we are truly grateful for! January: We started the year by being named Website of the Month in Period Living magazine. They described the site as “attractive and well designed” which considering I did it all myself through Create was fantastic praise. We […] Read more…

Didn’t we do well, again

We had a great Christmas here at Your Vintage Life. And now it’s the clear up after 3 days of children mayhem! Before all the pressies get put away I thought I’d share some of the vintage ones (i.e. the best ones!). Firstly the kids. Boy did santa bring a lot of toys….and clothes..and biscuits! […] Read more…

Mince pies in minutes

We have just made the quickest mince pies…they literally take minutes! They are actually more like mince buns. Our ones (mine and Herbies) havent turned out to be the prettiest but I can assure you they are the tastiest, and quickest! As always, we do it in a retro style! Everything in our kitchen is […] Read more…

Home at last!

Well we have now been back from the Clothes Show for two days and still I havent blogged! To be honest I have spent the last 2 days pretty much sleeping! We met some great new people, customers and other stall holders and sold tonnes of vintage clothing! So whats it like I hear you […] Read more…

Beat the Monday Blues

Beat the Monday blues by checking out something or someone we love. Here at Your Vintage Life, we feel it is important to share great finds with you all as well as support local business. So this Monday, I introduce to you to a new magazine called Midcentury: The Guide to Modern Retro. It is […] Read more…

How any age can be attractive

This is my last part of the 1956 Woman’s Own feature “The art of being more attractive” This is the centre fold and it reveals secrets to be more attractive across 5 decades. Some is the usual stuff, but some is a little more surprising! In the Nursery This a beauty advice for 3 year […] Read more…

The art of being more attractive part 2

So, yesterday we should have established what our friends thought of our appearance. How many of you were brave enough to actually ask them? No, don’t worry I havent gone mad. I was sharing an article called “The art of being more attractive” from an old Woman’s Own magazine dated 1956. Now its time, in […] Read more…

The art of being more attractive

Think you’re quite attractive? Well before you answer that, let me share with you an article from Woman’s Own magazine  written in 1956. It is a 6 page guide with the opening questions: Why do some women attract friendship and success How can you make the most of your looks at any age Men, what […] Read more…

A century of fashion

I love my books. I have so many that some I havent even looked through for years. Last weekend I stumbled across an amazing book of Vogue covers dating back to 1909. My grandma bought this book for my mum, probably over 25 years ago. It is called The Art of Vogue Covers by William […] Read more…

Remember, remember the 5th of November

I have had such a great day today. Thrifting for stock, eating great food with my lovely family, finished off with fireworks in the garden. Today was auction day…I went to the auction and Mr YVL went thrifting elsewhere (where? I’m not telling!). We have the Furniture Flea next weekend so we wanted to stock […] Read more…

Coming soon!

We are really looking forward to the months ahead here at Your Vintage Life. We have loads of Christmas and winter clothing waiting to be photographed for our eBay shop. There are faux furs, knits and some real sparkly gems all at great prices. We are so excited to say that in just a few […] Read more…

Treasured

I have spoken earlier in the week about visiting my late Great Aunty Joan’s home to collect some treasures for us to keep and remember her life by. It was not an easy day by any means but I wanted to share some of her things. You will see that both her and my Great […] Read more…

Thank you for the music

On Saturday night we finally found our record collection. We love our music and enjoy a good night of playing it loud! Our tastes are very eclectic…..Mr YVL loves old Indian sitar music and a whole load of funky soul. I love rock music but also can enjoy some 80s pop. So I thought I’d […] Read more…

Fair advice

I have been asked over the last year for my advice on trading at vintage fairs….well after 15 years retail experience, with 8 in Visual Merchandising, I thought I better put pen to paper (well finger tip to keypad) Here are my top tips for preparing and doing a fair! 1. Research, Research, Research! Don’t […] Read more…

The winner takes it all!

This month we had  our first competition winner. We launched a simple competition at the end of June and the prize was this lovely 1960s glass jug and tumbler set. It will be perfect for your lemonade (with a little Pimms added) this Summer. The winner was Saffron who was so pleased. She sent me […] Read more…

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