As you may have noticed from the last post, I rather like vintage advertising prints and, truth be told, I have a LOT of them. I think that you can get a real insight into what people were like (or at least what advertisers thought people were like) years ago and they’re a piece of actual history- I love seeing the trends, the design, the products of the time. They are always so much more glamorous than the ‘hard sell’ garish designs of today and the fact that they’re illustrated makes them feel like proper pieces of art. It helps, I guess, that people had to be a lot more artistic before photography.
I seem to have accidentally acquired quite a collection of the things in the last year or two and they’re all over my walls. Hey, if you’re stuck in a single room that you can’t decorate- the walls are the focus of a lot of your creativity! The attraction of the adverts, other than the fact that they look lovely and are black and white (always a plus for me!), is that they are easy to come by and, at around a fiver a print (unframed), they’re pretty cheap for a piece of art you can pretty much guarantee none of your friends have hung on their walls.
So, following last week’s purchase of the 1930s Jaeger print I picked up at the Islington Pop-up Vintage Fair, I thought I’d share some of my monochrome collection…..
1931 French perfume advert
1931 French ‘Eau de Cologne’ advert
1937 Jaeger clothes advertising print- I wish they’d sold the clothes too! The bottom coat is incredible!
French ‘Charmis’ advert- unknown date. That is some seriously glam underwear.
Roman Holiday Film advert- starring the beautiful Audrey Hepburn
I couldn’t finish this post without adding this print in, I know it’s not technically an advert but for me it’s completely tied up with the adverts. These are the people that would have seen them and maybe bought the products. And there’s something about this image that I can’t quite keep my eyes off. It’s a picture of VE day and they look so happy and relieved. I see this as a little piece of history too and one quite fitting considering it was Remembrance Sunday a couple of days ago.
Don’t you just love it when you find something great when you weren’t even looking for it? I’ve been scanning the (many) charity shops in my town for mismatched teacups to make into beautiful candle gifts (as seen here) to no avail. I usually see them all the time but, sod’s law, when I want to buy a couple, I can’t find one anywhere! I’m not too upset though as, in the last shop I visited, I bagged a load of different things.
These vintage red kitchen scales were the first to catch my eye. Very industrial and they’ve seen a fair bit of use but they’re so solid and sturdy and I love the idea that they have been (and will continue to be) passed down generations. They cost me £20 which is loads cheaper than the reproduction models you can buy.
I also nabbed an authentic retro tin sign (only £4) to go with the scales. Together with my beloved amaretto tin from Milan, they’ll make for a lovely red-themed kitchen when I get my own place. For the time being they’re occupying a corner of my bedroom and the scales have even become storage for my hair nik naks, clips and bands.
Other bits that i picked up include a lovely mercury glass tealight holder (£2!) , some adorable floral boxes (also £2) and a circa 1900 map of China (£5).
I love the feeling of getting something that is good-quality for a fraction of the cost that you’d buy it new or even from a vintage shop. You can get some really great stuff from charity shops, you just have to be prepared to trawl through some not-so-great stuff to find it. My biggest tip is to be patient. Sometimes you won’t find anything at all but other times you’ll leave with bulging bags.
What’s your greatest charity shop find?
Apologies for my very lengthy absence from the blogosphere. I have just returned from a month in India full of colour, tastes and cultures. I had an amazing time and when I’ve finally sorted through my huge mound of photos (800!) , I’ll be sure to share some of them. But for now, back to the present…
Monsoon home are doing some really beautiful pieces at the moment. Recently, whilst ‘having a little browse’ –clearly in denial about my ability to resist buying EVERYTHING I like- I spotted these cuties. I thought they’d be just the ticket to spruce up my very plain and rather institutional looking IKEA magnetic whiteboard.
However, after arranging them nicely on said whiteboard , i decided their colourful loveliness made it look even more dull than before. I ended up redesigning the whole thing- so much for using the magnets as a quick fix! I am now the proud owner of a lovely girly fabric covered magnetic notice board. More on this to follow…
This week, after a colleague was excitedly showing round her new crockery from Matalan I decided it was high time I visited my local store.
I’m jolly glad I did, just look at the bargains I picked up! The plates and bowls were only £3 each and the teapot a mere £8.
Adorable right? I couldn’t resist. Matalan has definitely earned its place on my hot list of go-to places for affordable homeware.
I’ve been going shopping mad over the last few weeks. There are so many beautiful things on sale that I just can’t seem to help myself. I’ve also been getting pretty crafty so keep an eye out for posts featuring my latest handiwork.
My most recent purchase was this gorgeous floral duvet set from Dunelm Mill that will go very nicely with my French memo board.
Completely Cath Kidston-esque I think you’ll agree. And the best bit: it only cost £19.99! Utter bargain!