Our Vintage Life

Last weekend we all went away, to Peppa Pig Land. Those of you who don’t have young children will have no idea of what I am talking about; Peppa is a small cartoon pig that little ones love and who has her own world, near Southampton.

The weather was glorious, the rollercoasters fast (too fast for me) and my little Kitty was in her element. We also went to the beach and Herbie swam in the sea while I sunbathed. It was much needed and enjoyed!

Monday was Kitty’s 3rd birthday. As always her presents were predominantly vintage which thankfully she loved. She had an early 1980s treehouse which pops up to reveal an inner house with little people and furniture in. It even has a little bush that opens up to reveal a dog house. We bought this so long ago and it has sat on a top shelf in our stock room so she couldn’t see it. The beauty of selling vintage toys is we find some lovely ones for the kids; the downside is every item we buy to sell they think is theirs. Prizing toys from a child’s hand to put online sometimes feels a tad cruel!

Her main present was an old small cot which we bought from Harry and Edna, the vintage sweethearts based in Milton Keynes. Inside we placed a 1950s doll that cries when you turn her over. We found this in a car boot sale a few months back. That day we gave her £1 to spend, she found the doll which of course cost more. When she ran off, I secretly bought it. She was so happy when we brought it in. I’m not sure if it’s nature or nurture when it comes to her love of dolls; we haven’t encouraged it, but her favourite thing is looking after her “babies”.

Tuesday was the last day of school (yes, lie ins for 6 weeks). We bought these great note books from Retro from Scratch; vintage up cycled Ladybird books. We chose learning books which the teachers loved as well as reminisced as they read them as children.

Tuesday night I went to a local gig in Bedford to see Ash. I loved them in the 90s and they still were ace. It felt so good to go out on a school night although it was so so hot! I wore my sparkly 60s A line dress with a black vintage sequinned waistcoat over the top and a splash of lippy! I came away thinking I really must do this more. I have spent 25 years going to gigs but rarely get a chance to now due to work and kids.

They sang one of my favourite songs…

 

We will be selling my new book on the website soon. This is really exciting as it will be great to sell directly to you all. Interviews are still coming on: today I have an interview with Inside Crochet, which is a monthly craft/crochet magazine which has great ideas for hand-made items with a vintage feel.

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We added some great furniture online this week too including this Ercol day bed. We have one ourselves; I love the classic yet retro styling to it.

We added this stereogram which sold in only a few hours.

On the buying front we won a box full of vintage toys at the auction. In it was this large Snoopy Fisher Price dog dated 1961. I haven’t seen one this large before; it will be on the site soon alongside vintage teasets, a beautiful wooden Muffin the Mule and 1960s wooden soldiers.

And now for the best bit…today we are off on holiday! Off in our VW campervan to roam the south coast. The forecast is rain……see you on the other side!

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Competition Time!

Would you like to win this gorgeous hamper, perfect for summer picnics?  Inside the vintage wicker hamper is a hand crocheted rug, a 1960s yellow insulated jug, 2 Tupperware style beakers, a 1970s Thermos soup jug, 4 1960s yellow plastic eggcups, 4 1970s yellow melamine bowls and a retro board game.   What you have to do:

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The winner will be drawn on the 20th August and will be notified that week. Good luck!

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