Valentine enamel sign

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Vintage enamel sign, 'Valentine la belle peinture'

This is our favourite item of the week.

Vintage Valentine enamel sign

We don’t think we’ve nominated an enamel sign previously.

Detail of vintage Valentine enamel sign

It’s a vintage French sign advertising Valentine paints. We like the colours and absolutely love the graphic design.

Vintage Valentine enamel sign in our sitting room with other vintage industrial homewares

We put it in a vintage industrial corner of the lounge to photograph it – oh no, it looks quite good!

Charity Vintage: Green Cathrineholm bowl

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Green vintage Cathrineholm bowl (ends 28 Jun, 2015 21:01:13 BST)

Cathrineholm just keeps getting more and more popular. When it appears on eBay it’s virtually guaranteed to sell, no matter what condition it’s in. This 8-inch avocado green Cathrineholm bowl is for sale by Crossways Enterprises*. It’s described as being in “good, used condition”, just a couple of scratches and tiny chips to the rim.

It’s currently £8.29 with an additional £3 P&P – so cheap! One sold a fortnight ago for £38. The going rate for the 8-inch size is around the £40 mark.

*Crossways Enterprises works to empower Crossways residents and local communities to combat exclusion and stigma regarding mental health. they aim to provide a person-centred platform from which to serve communities through sustainable projects and thus enabling each individual to realise that they are valued. Their vision is to build communities where people of all backgrounds are included and have the opportunity to live in dignity with hope for the future.

Forthcoming Attractions: Late April 2015

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vintage collectables shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

We’re not great fans of getting up early, but if you want to find good stock you just have to make the effort sometimes. In the depths of winter it’s just tooooo painful!! But something felt like it was the right time to hit the markets & car-boots again this weekend – like hedgehogs emerging from their pile of leaves! We dusted off the alarm clock and got going at 5am on Saturday morning. Here are some Forthcoming Attractions from the week’s search.

vintage Chad Valley clock tin shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

The early bird might indeed catch the worm, but we caught some birds of our own. This gorgeous 1960s egg cosy set comprises two teak egg cups and linen cosies with wonderful chicken decoration – what a cheery way to start the day. We also picked up a lovely Lord Nelson Pottery rolling pin from the classic ‘Gaytime’ range with its psychedelic flower and bird design.

vintage egg cosy set shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

More fauna with this cute little Chad Valley savings tin featuring the nursery rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’. The lid has a clock face with movable hands. Kids can learn a nursery rhyme, telling the time – and the value of saving the pennies!

vintage orange daisy enamelware shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

We were actually talking about this range of enamelware the day before we went to Saturday’s market – ironically saying that we didn’t come across it as often as we used to! Lo & behold, we find a coffee pot & kettle. They date from the 1960s/70s and were produced in the former Yugoslavia. We love the simple daisy pattern.

vintage rattan basket enamelware shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

And how about this gorgeous repeating apple design? This vintage basket has its fabulous original cotton liner and waterproof/stain-proof cover. A real favourite find this one!

vintage replacement deck chair slings shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

Summer must be just around the corner if we’re picking up garden accessories. These vintage replacement  deckchair covers might be just the thing if your outdoor seating needs sprucing up.

vintage paper ephemera shortly to be listed in the H is for Home webshop

Last but not least, is the striking Blackpool Illuminations brochure featured in the main photo. Amazingly it’s from 1930, so not far off being a hundred years old! It’s part of a wonderful collection of ephemera we bought last week. It all dates from the 1920s to the 1950s. We’ve just started sorting through it, but there are all kinds of fabulous brochures, magazines and advertisements from this early to mid twentieth century period. The photo above is just a small sample, so we think we’ll have to return to it in more detail in a future post.

Charity Vintage: Orange Cathrineholm coffee pot

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Orange vintage Cathrineholm coffee pot for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of St Luke's Hospice, Sheffield (Ends 22 Feb, 2015 19:31:11 GMT)

We should, in reality, be keeping this beauty to ourselves – but hey, it’s for charity! It’s a vintage Cathrineholm coffee pot in the white on orange Lotus pattern.

It’s up for sale by & in support of St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield* and it’s in really lovely condition. The starting price is only £39.99, but I’m sure it will have a bid by the time this post is live. Cathrineholm coffee pots in this colour and condition regularly sell for around £135 – and the prices keep going up!

We’ve bought & sold a lot of Cathrineholm over the years and have blogged about the range and its designer, Grete Prytz Kittelsen on a few occasions. We’re absolutely gutted that we let a pair of salt & pepper pots go a few years ago – they’re really rare and have only ever come across two sets on our vintage travels.

*St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield cares for adults of all ages throughout Sheffield who have life-limiting illnesses and support their families. They’re a charity, and all their services are free of charge.



Hostess with the mostest!

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vintage Hostess set comprising a floral apron and matching oven mitt | via @hisforhome

This fabulous set should help you in your quest to be the hostess with the mostest!

vintage Hostess set comprising a floral apron and matching oven mitt | via @hisforhome

Comprising kitchen apron & oven glove, there’ll certainly be no groovier attired rival vying for the title. It dates from the 1960s/70s and comes unused in the original packaging.

vintage blue Pifco 'Junior' fan vintage red Viking kitchen scales

vintage Poole Pottery Delphis pot vintage white enamel candle holder

It’s one of the new items we put in the H is for Home shop this week.

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid January 2015

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selection of vintage homewares coming to the H is for Home shop in mid January 2015 including a fat lava floor vase, two-tone orange Thermos vacuum flask, orange vacuum jug, maroon Crayonne ice bucket, white first aid tin, cream enamel tiffin, large bobbin with twine, industrial stapler and wooden Zoo-line hippo figure

Justin’s been photographing our recent vintage purchases today – here’s a sneak preview of items heading for the web shop & antiques centre this week.

Fat lava West German pottery floor vase

We’ll start with this gorgeous fat lava West German vase. It’s got our favourite look for this type of pottery – heavily textured with a bold flash of colour.

selection of vintage picnic items including a two-tone orange Thermos vacuum flask, orange vacuum jug, maroon Crayonne ice bucket and cream enamel tiffin

We might be a bit premature in picking up picnic wares (there’s sleety snow falling outside as we write), but there’s nothing like being prepared! Some lovely items here for picnicking, camping – or a day on the allotment. The most unusual piece has to be this vintage enamel tiffin.

vintage cream enamel tiffin bowls unstacked

It comprises four cream & green containers with an aluminium carry frame. Perfect for all kinds of food from rice dishes to salads – a four course meal in fact!

white first aid tin and wooden bobbin with jute twine

We thought this wall-mountable first aid box was very nice – it’s made of metal and has a clean, simple style. Sitting alongside the cabinet is an old mill bobbin with jute twine. No house should be without some good twine – and when it looks this good, all the better.

small vintage leather suitcase and industrial stapler with staples

Next, a couple of items that date from the 1920s/30s kind of era. These old staplers are full of character and display really well. It can earn its keep though as it still works – and even has a box of old staples to go with it! We love the tiny vintage case – endless storage possibilities from craft materials to fashion accessories. They look great on a shelf or chest of drawers – singly or in a small pile. This one even had some lovely old paper from a local drapers.

details of interior of vintage leather suitcase

Last, but certainly not least is this gorgeous wooden hippo. We didn’t actually buy this piece recently – more a case of putting her into storage and it temporarily vanishing! Safe & sound now though. It’s an overnighter – the mouth opening wide to hold jewellery, watches and so on. It’s from the Zoo Line Series designed in the 1950s. There’s a bit of damage to the ear, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The hippo has its original packaging and she looks pretty much unused – so ear aside, condition is excellent – including the bright red lips and the fact that the curly tail is intact – often this is missing or broken.

vintage wooden Zoo-line hippo with original box

So, as usual, a diverse range of items – they’ll all be available to buy soon.