I’ve always loved vintage things but i don’t really have much on display as it doesn’t really go with the look of our house. So the things are either in our sideboard or at my mum’s until I find more space to hide them from Mr M store them somewhere safe. The only thing that I do have out is in our kitchen where I have my Homepride Fred baking set which was given to me on my 5th birthday some ahem 30 or so years ago. I don’t use him anymore but he has pride of place on top of my kitchen worktop. They sell on eBay for over £50 but there is no way that I would ever get rid of him.
So getting back to my vintage buys and the lovely things my mum has given me……I’ve got a post coming up in the next few weeks that I have bought some of these things for but I really wanted to show you what I’ve got just now :)!
Starting off with this glass cake stand. It’s made by Chance Glass (thinking it was probably in the 1960/70s I had a look on the internet to see when this design was manufactured and discovered it was 1975. This is the year of my birth and has now depressed me to consider myself as vintage!!) and has a scalloped edge with a gold handle and gold edging with a pink blossom decoration. It is in excellent condition as it has no chips or cracks and I bought it from a local charity shop for the bargain price of £2! My mum used to have the Anemone design in a sandwich platter and cake stand but she got rid of it years ago, I’m sure most people will remember someone in their family such as Grans, old Aunties, etc owning one.
When I had been in buying the cake stand I noticed a Sona Tea Service in the shop but didn’t buy it as it’s not going to go with my 1930s Tea Set as they are made from stainless steel and have teak handles. I remember my mum owning one of these too when I was younger and I think that nearly every household in the 1970’s owned one of these! I thought about this tea service all night and made up my mind to go back after my work to see if they still had it. Luckily it was still there so I quickly snapped it up and took it to the till. It is in really good condition, no staining in the teapot just a couple of light scratches on it but everything else didn’t have a mark on it. It only cost £6 but I have noticed a few people on eBay selling these and someone was asking for £24.99 as a buy it now! I have a Christmas Tea Set from 1981 (I suppose things from the 80s will be classed as vintage too. Sigh!) that I think this would be perfect for.
I was given a vintage tea set from my parents at Christmas, along with an embroidered tablecloth that my Gran had made and also a tea cloth that my Mum had made when she was younger. Unfortunately there was no tea pot that came with the set so I have been looking for one that would either match the pattern or have similar colours. I went to a vintage shop in Aberdeen called Peapod (if you live in the area I recommend you pay them a visit) where there is a treasure trove of vintage pretties such as tea sets, jewellery, ornaments, clothes, books and much, much more. I found a pretty teapot that although doesn’t match the pattern of my set it does have the same pink and purple colours. I decided that it was coming home with me there and then, my lovely Mum even paid for it (thanks Mum). It was £18 which is a pretty good price for a vintage teapot!
I continued my vintage shopping spree in the charity shop across the road from Peapod where I picked up these lovely china place cards for £5. They have gold edging and a china flower in the top left hand corner. There were six in the box and two of each colour pink, blue and white.
When leaving the shop I mentioned to my Mum that I had been outbidded on eBay for six linen vintage napkins that would have went with my tablecloth. She told me that she had some at home that I could have and also a cake plate that was my Gran’s.
And finally, my last vintage buy! This Lemonade set looks to be from the 1950’s and is in immaculate condition so I think it must have been rarely used, if not at all. It came with 6 glasses each with a different fruit painted on it and a large pitcher with a lemon on one side and a bunch of grapes on the other. This will be used a lot in the Summer months when we are sitting in our garden (well that’s the idea anyway!).