Archives for the month of: August, 2013

rolls royce jug concorde jet playing cards copy

For the gentleman who may or may not have everything.

The Rolls Royce of jugs. Men like jugs. I’ve heard.

While you’re at it, check out the BA Concorde Flight deck, still in plastic. Not something you see everyday. Or ever again…

And I’ll throw in a Rolex. It’s genuine. Swiss made.

Rolex Lucerne souvenir spoon

Heh. Just stirring. But we all love to spoon…

Have a fantastic Father’s Day guys.


But wait there’s more….

Bonus clip for all the Number One Dads and Seinfeld Lovers.

Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum

orange retro flower trivets 2

if only… hanging out for some warmer weather. Feeling flashes of some lovely hotness. But then back to chill again.
Just looking at these warms me up. Bring on summer, Sydney. I’m ready.

HH [Holt Howard] Japan cast iron tile trivet and glass heat stand for sale HERE

orange hot drip trivets_2

trivet pursuits: I finally found my resin signature icons [observe the masthead] frustratingly unfindable in storage for like, ever.

So hot. So cool. Love the colour, the material, the typography, the words. I am kitchen nerd.
Never for sale. Happy to hire. Orange you glad?

antiques vs retro vs vintage office cardIs it possible for something to be retro, vintage and antique? If you are a certain seller  I saw recently, um no,  no and no! In reality, yes but not nearly as often as Ebay would have you believe.

Also amused by some cute young things at one of my local coffee shops selling their ‘vintage’ clothing aka two season’s past Sass & Bide to fund an overseas holiday.

I’ve been thinking about this for some time. Definitely not the first to discuss the issue, there’s a great [old] article on Apartment Therapy.  The comments are also worth reading.

This is my favourite from Deniseb:

I noticed yesterday on Craigslist [online classifieds] something listed as being both antique and from Pottery Barn.

And another comment highlights a purist’s view that an 100 year old piece of mass-produced furniture can’t be classified as antique.

Blogger Pollybland also covers the retro vs  vintage vs antique debate.

The general consensus supported by online dictionary Merriam Webster is that an antique is

a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago.

When it comes to cars however, The Antique Automobile Club of America defines an antique as 50 years or older. [Wikipedia]

Merriam Websters defines vintage as

of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality : classic
dating from the past : old

If you are selling on Etsy vintage items need to be at least 20 years old. It’s one of the reasons I changed platforms.  Sometimes I just don’t know for sure. Other times I have newer stuff.

Here’s something acurately described on ebay! [because it was In a forum] :

The correct usage of the word vintage must be used with a year.

my car is vintage 2001…my computer is vintage 1999… this WWII item is vintage 1943…

retro is less age specific and more of a vibe, defined as

relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past : fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned.
[Merriam Webster again]

Retro furniture may not actually be old but it references styles of the recent past.
[Apartment Therapy]

So, an 100 year old  [preferably hand made] item is an antique, being vintage 1913 and looks retro because it was made in the style of the time.
Would love to know how many of the 2637 items that come up when I type in retro vintage antique on ebay are actually valid
but hey, in the end I’m old enough to care but too young to write a strong worded complaint Grampa Simpson style.

The Simpsons Grampa angy old man

When I read your magazine, I don’t see one wrinkled face or single toothless grin.  For shame!
To the sickos at `Modern Bride’ magazine.

Grampa Simpson types an angry letter.
The Front, The Simpsons Season 4, Ep 19



javascript bakelite coffee canisters vintage retro spoons

I need to get with the program, haven’t update my site for a while. The new Newport shop is taking a lot of my time and energy. In a totally good way.

Caffiene helps me crack on.  And today I might use a bit of TBT, code for ThrowBack Thursday.
An excuse to drag up a file from the archives.


Coffee is real good when you drink it gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.

Gertrude Stein

stoneware retro coffee container large

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.

Author Unknown

vintage corningware pyrex coffee mugs container

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?

Albert Camus

KOFFIE grinder clint Eastwood mug coffee spoon

Go ahead, make my day.

Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact
Best coffee movie scene ever shot.


vintage silver coffee been spoons

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

T.S. Eliot

retro instant coffee container copy

I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.

Napoleon Bonaparte

coffee cup with coffee writing

Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.

David Letterman


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