Tuesday Huesday: Rice melamine

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yellow dishwasher with a collection of colourful Rice melamine plates, cups etc available from Huset

What a lovely lot of bright, cheerful Rice melamine dishes! And I’m in love with the yellow dishwasher. I’ve looked on the internet to see if I could find it but the closest I came to it is this compact model available at John Lewis.

This photo makes me almost look forward to tackling the washing up… almost!

Campervan Collecting

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vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

We picked up this fabulous vintage camping stove last week.

vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

It was produced by Primus of Sweden in the 1960s/70s.

vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

It’s a great colour and design, folding up to form a handy carry case.

We mentioned in our recent Bookmarks review of My Cool Campervan that we’re hoping to get our own campervan sometime in the not too distant future.

vintage orange enamel kettle and green patterned melamine plates

We’ve actually started doing some campervan collecting… starting a campervan ‘bottom drawer’ – or ‘hope chest’ – to our American, Canadian and New Zealand readers.

The stove’s now been added to it.

vintage orange enamel kettle

It contains all kinds of stuff – well designed, cheerfully decorated and unbreakable (or at least exceedingly robust).

vintage white enamel kettle

We’ve got kettles and teapots…

vintage enamel kettle, coffee pot and teapot

…and lots of melamine plates & bowls.

vintage green patterned Tefal melamine plates

detail from vintage green patterned melamine plate

There are drinking vessels in all sizes & shapes.

collection of vintage melamine cups

We reckon there’ll be lots of tea drinking…

collection of vintage pottery mugs

…and with all that tea we’ll obviously be eating lots of cake.

vintage three tier cake tin

…and when we run out of cake we’ll have to resort to mere bread!

vintage orange painted metal bread bin

We’ve got lots of cosy blankets for when it’s a bit chilly…

collection of vintage blankets and throws

…and deck chairs for when its sunny.

collection of colourful vintage garden and camping chairs

Will there be any space left in the campervan for us?

H is for… Holiday

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funky vintage armchairs in our sunny garden

We’re in the middle of a long, dry, sunny spell … by Pennine standards at least!

vintage orange sun lounger

And here’s the ideal thing for this perfect summer holiday weather.

vintage collapsible picnic table & chairs

This fantastic, French 1950s picnic table & chairs has just gone into our pitch at Picture House Antiques.

vintage collapsible picnic table & chairsvintage collapsible picnic table & chairs
vintage collapsible picnic table & chairsvintage collapsible picnic table & chairs

The wooden table collapses to form a carry case – and the metal & canvas chairs fold up inside – great for picnics, camping or in the garden.

And of course you’ll also need picnic blankets, coolers, baskets, indestructible crockery, sun loungers and stuff for the beach.

Check out the Great Outdoors section in our H is for Home web shop for similar stuff.

Summer Lovin’

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Detail of vintage sun lounger with floral fabric

We picked up this fab 60s/70s lounger at a market recently.

Detail of floral fabric on vintage sunlounger

The metal frame and period fabric are both in great condition.

Detail of vintage striped garden chair

We also bought a couple of striped deckchairs from the same stall.

vintage pump action vacuum flaskvintage yellow & white picnic cool box
vintage olive green melamine cups & saucersvintage orange melamine drink cups

We’ve been stocking up on outdoor items for our shop, ready for the summer.

vintage blue & white melamine cups and saucersvintage drink ups on metal tray
orange vintage hot drink cupsvintage blow up beach pillow

Here’s just a selection – and what a blast of colour!

Cupboard love

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detail of vintage contents of renovated 1960s wood & Formica kitchen cabinet
This vintage 1950s kitchen cupboard / kitchenette has been this week’s little renovation project.

vintage 1960s kitchen cabinet prior to renovation detail of 1960s kitchen cabinet prior to renovation

detail of top of 1960s kitchen cabinet prior to renovation

We collected it from a garage over in Wakefield and set about giving it a bit of TLC.

First of all, it got given a good wash inside & out with hot, soapy water. The original red Formica laminate was very faded and mottled, so we repainted it in a lovely vintage spearmint green colour. If you’re uncertain about what colour you want you can buy little tester pots. You can even get colours specially matched at many local DIY shops.

view of fully renovated 1960s wood & Formica kitchen cabinet when empty

We lined the shelves with a chintzy oil cloth that we bought online.

vintage 1960s wood & Formica kitchen fully renovated and stocked with vintage kitchen items and put for sale on the H is for Home pitch at Picture House Antiques in Todmorden

It’s now standing in our Picture House Antiques pitch waiting for someone to come along and give it a new home – in the meantime, it’s great for displaying our kitchenalia shop stock.

Camp it up!

We’re always on the lookout for vintage camping & picnic wares.

Our favourite purchase in the last week has to be this fabulous set of camping chairs.

The 4 canvas chairs – dating from the 1940s or 50s – come in their own carrying case.

This case has corner holes and converts into a sturdy, wooden-topped table.

We’ll add them to our Great Outdoors section sometime soon.

This department has been popular with our customers this summer – here’s a few of our favourite items that have passed through … or are currently for sale.

This set of lovely, sunshine yellow cups & saucers went to Norway recently…

Their new owner, Camilla Elene Erøy, blogged about her new acquisition

Another of our customers bought a few vintage accessories from us for her new VW camper van hire business.

We started our own camper van fund a while ago – which has slowly been building up. It will make our holidays, weekend breaks & buying trips a bit easier… especially with a large dog to consider.

We even have a camper van ‘bottom drawer’.

This cool box and melamine plates are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new home… a vintage, two tone green VW camper van…

… along with a selection of cosy blankets & throws.

We also picked this set up yesterday on a day trip to Ilkley. We think it’s destined for our bottom drawer – but how many melamine plates will we need?!

We got it from a lovely little shop that we’ve just discovered. It’s called Cakewalk and it’s tucked away on Trafalgar Road. It’s only a small shop but it manages to display a great selection of vintage and recycled fashion & homewares. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

Happy camping!!!