Monday, December 28, 2009

Sägen Butik

I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas break. I wanted to share a recent discovery with you: Sägen Butik a wonderful site selling stunning jewellery made from old pieces of porcelain by site owner Elin. I recently bought a couple of rings and I am so pleased with them - they are beautifully made. The site also stocks some nice fairtrade accessories.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Columbia Road Shops

In the run up to Christmas the independent shops of Columbia Road in East London have been opening for late night shopping on Wednesday evenings (they're normally only open on a Sunday when the flower market is in full swing). I went along with a friend this evening (my second trip of the month) and came away feeling all inspired. The shops are packed with vintage treasures, handmade treats and beautiful art from exciting, edgy young artists - so basically all the things I love!

One of my favourite shops on Columbia Road is Elphick's, which stocks some fantastic art, including "Pink bird" (shown above), by shop owner Sharon Elphick. Luckily for those who aren't near London, you can also shop online. The shops will be open again next Wednesday eve (5-9pm). I'd definitely recommend a trip if you can make it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ho, ho, ho

Well December is almost upon us, and I've been busy turning Wooden donkey into Santa's grotto. I've already added some lovely new treasures (including the fab glass dish above) and I've got lots, lots more to add this week, so make sure you check back often. Please don't leave it too late - get your orders in early in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ruth Green Design & Jenny Duff placemats

On Sunday I went to the Midcentury Modern Show in Dulwich and saw lots of eye-wateringly lovely things. I particularly liked Ruth Green's wonderful prints (left: "Tick tock"; right: "We live here"). I bought a few postcards but when I got home I couldn't help regretting not buying a print, so thank goodness Ruth Green sells online too. You can also buy her lovely work over at Boxbird.

I also loved the Jenny Duff placemats and coasters at the Midcentury Modern Show, particularly those designed by Gillian Blease. Such wonderful colours and designs.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vintage Christmas card

I've been to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Islington today with my mum and my mother in law and it made my day to find a few stalls selling vintage finds. I spotted this card and fell in love with it straight away. I can't see me being able to let it go, so I thought I'd share it with you here instead. I bought it from Acorn & Will and yes they do have a website with more lovely vintage (and handmade) cards and treasures.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Handmade heaven

My friend Steph is a talented glass artist. You can see some of her lovely creations in her online shop. My favourites are the rainbow latticeware bowls (shown here), "A day at the beach" square fused glass bowl and some of her beautiful framed artwork, but it's all eye candy!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Shop update and blog changes

I've been doing some work on my blog this weekend. The sidebar was looking a bit sparse, so check out some of the links I've added. More to follow! There are new items in the shop too, including these fantastic old school abacuses from the fifties (I've got two available). They're quite big so they make a great display piece. The way the colours run from purple through to red, orange and yellow is so pleasing on the eye. I have one myself and never get tired of looking at it. It's almost sculptural.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sourcing spree

Oh dear. I've gone a bit mad sourcing new items for Wooden donkey. Our house is looking slightly swamped at the moment. I was photographing the finds in our bedroom the other day and Simon (my husband) walked in and said "Oh no! You're not taking over the bedroom too now are you?!" Poor Simon. I think he thinks we won't have any space left to live in soon. So sell, sell, sell I must! Keep an eye out for lots of new goodies arriving in the shop this week.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Creepy Tree

While establishing my shop, I've soley been posting about site news and shop updates, but now I'm properly up and running I'm going to start sharing some of my favourite site with you. I want to start with Creepy Tree, a brilliant site selling some of the coolest, funniest, quirkiest card designs I've ever seen. I discovered Creepy Tree last week when some friends sent me one of their cards, featuring a moustached guy. Every time I look at it, it makes me laugh. Check out the site. Brilliant!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

1960s Carlton ware horse moneybox

In case anyone has had their eye on the Carlton ware horse money box in my shop, I just wanted to let you know that I have finished cleaning it up and it is now available to buy and looking great! The moneybox had obviously been left in a room (by the previous owner) while somebody was decorating and it had been splattered with tiny flecks of white paint, but with some careful cleaning these have come off and it looks lovely once again. (I haven't rephotographed it but the flecks you can see are gone). This is one of my favourite of the Carlton ware money box designs. I just love the colour combination, so perfectly 60s.

Monday, October 12, 2009

And another mini update!

Yet a few more goodies in the shop today, including an interesting Kenneth Townsend dish, some lovely coasters and a Bournvita cup like the one I wrote about recently. I'm going to have to remove some of my sold items from the shop listings soon but I don't want to let them go :( I've started a Shop archive set on Flickr to keep a record of all my sold items. If there is anything you're gutted you missed out on, let me know and I'll see if I can track down another for you.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Shop update!

There are a few new vintage items in the Wooden donkey shop today, including this soldier egg cup, a personal favourite of mine. He combines too of my favourite things - toy soldiers and things with moustaches on them. I've also set up an Etsy shop to promote Wooden donkey. You can see a few extra items there. I'm happy to combine shipping if you want to buy items from both shops:

Friday, October 2, 2009

Vintage French card game

Well I'm back from lovely Scotland and excited about my next shop update. I've added a few things this evening and am planning on adding more tomorrow, so make sure you check back in over the weekend. This is such a cute vintage card game from the 1970s. I don't know how anyone could not fall in love with it. The little fuzzy felt illustrations are so charming. It's available in my shop now!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Little break

We're off to Scotland for a little break tomorrow (hurrah!). Just wanted to let you know that any orders placed between now and the 27th September will be posted on or after the 28th September, which probably won't make a huge amount of difference anyway as the ongoing postal strikes here are holding up deliveries.

I've added a couple of new things to the shop, including the cute egg cup pictured, but not as many as I was hoping to add (why does packing for hols always take so long?!). I will try and add a few more tonight if I have time.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My sleepy Bournvita mug

I just wanted to share this with you - one of my first vintage purchases. I first saw one at my friend Ruth's home and instantly fell in love with it, but it took me a while to track one down. This cute Melamine cup was made during the 1950s for Cadbury's to promote their bedtime milky drink "Bournvita" (which is still available to buy today). The image of a mug with a sleepy face wearing a nightcap had been used in their adverts for some time before this piece was produced. The cap cleverly doubles up as a coaster when you turn it upside down and I just love the serene facial expression, so dreamy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Shop update!

A few new treasures for you in the Wooden donkey shop, including this vintage flower mug, made by Staffordshire Potteries Ltd., which I think is very Orla Kiely. If you search for "Staffordshire mug" on Flickr, you'll see some more of the amazing designs they produced during the 1960s and 70s.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Shop update!

Just to let you know I've been busy adding new items to my shop today. Hope you like the new arrivals! My favourite is this toy soldier cushion. He is even more charming in real life.

Vintage British lion tea towel

Recently I've encountered a number of vintage tea towels so beautifully printed and with such stunning designs that each one is like a little work of art. This one is no exception, and if I don't sell it soon, I'll be in danger of keeping it and starting my own collection, so in the shop it must go. I just hope it goes to a collector who will fully appreciate its loveliness. I think it would look great framed.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

International postage is here!

I have at last got round to adding worldwide shipping to the site, so international customers can now place an order without having to contact me first. I hope it will run smoothly but if you experience any problems, please let me know. For more info, please see the Ordering from us page in our shop.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My vintage coasters

Sorry there have been no shop updates or blogs this week. I've had a busy one with weddings and visitors. I still haven't got round to adding international shipping to my site yet either, but I will do soon - promise! -and you'll hear about it here when I'm finished. In the meantime I wanted to share my collection of vintage coasters with you. As I'm sure I said in an earlier post, I'm a big fan of coasters. Each one is like a little work of art. I've put together this montage to show you what I mean. If you're thinking about starting your own collection, I do actually have some more to sell and I'll be adding them to the shop in the near future.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shop update

A few more new items in the shop for you today, including this tin from the 1970s, which I think is brilliant. The illustration of customers milling about in a shop and the shopkeeper waiting at the counter is just soooooo seventies (as is the colour combination of orange and brown). It's like a little piece of social history too, recording the switch from old money (pounds, shilling and old pence) to the modern system (with no shillings and 100 pence in the pound).

Friday, July 31, 2009

Wooden donkey is going global!

I received my first international order today and it got me thinking: it's about time I made it easier for international customers to place an order, so over the next week I'm going to update the site, adding international shipping options, so you'll no longer need to email me to place an order (although it's always nice to hear from customers!). I'll let you know here when it's all done.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vintage wooden block people framed art

I have lots of odd vintage finds that I've put to one side to be framed, and this is the first piece I've finally got round to doing. They're actually wooden toy blocks with figures printed on top. I thought the colours and illustrations were fab and they were crying out to be framed. Hope you like the finished look.

We're now on Facebook!

You can now become a fan of Wooden donkey on Facebook. Click here to visit the page.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wooden egg cup offer

We are pleased to welcome Heidi, here, to our shop, and she marks the start of a special offer: all wooden egg cups now qualify for 75p postage (instead of the usual £3). You can see all 4 egg cups currently available in the Wooden objects section of the shop:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vintage first-aid box

There's something lovely about the red cross that signals "first-aid". Maybe it's comforting because we associate it with our mummies and daddies cleaning up scuffed knees and kissing them better. Whatever the reason, I can't resist an old first-aid box. This one is available here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Vintage coasters

I am something of a hoarder when it comes to vintage coasters. They're a great thing to collect because they come in so many stunning mid-century designs and they don't take up too much space in your house! I have several sets of these beauties for sale in my shop, if you want to start your own collection!

Join our mailing list

You can join our mailing list via the site homepage.  I will only be sending out occasional emails with special offers and important news, so you don't need to worry about being bombarded with messages (and I won't give your email addresses out to anybody else - I promise!). Just add your name and email address using the form on the left of the home page.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shop update!

Thanks for your patience everyone! We are now back online and unpacked (well nearly) and ready to go again. I've started adding new items to the shop (including these guys pictured) and you can expect to see more over the next few days. (Remember - the 9 most recently added items appear on the home page, so you can check to see what's new very easily!)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr BT

Sorry for the lack of shop updates over the last couple of weeks. You may think we're too busy watching Wimbledon to do any work, but that's not the case. We have just moved house and BT seem to be incapable of sorting out our Internet connection (they've messed our order up 3 times!!) so until that's sorted there's not much we can do. I've got so many lovely things to go in the shop too, which is frustrating. I will do an extra big update as soon as we're up and running. Now back to that unpacking...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

La Gardo Tackett decanter

Friends of mine will not be surprised to see this decanter in my shop, as for sometime now I've had an odd love-hate relationship with the humble moustache. The moustache on this piece is far from humble though!
I believe this piece was designed by La Gardo Tackett, a California-based ceramics designer who produced a modernist utilitarian ware line for Schmid International in the late 1950s/early 1960s. His work is highly sought after today.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

1960s plate

A friend of mine pointed out that the shop was looking very nice but there are an awful lot of toys in it. I have a thing about vintage toys and I think a few about the place can add that hint of quirk I'm always talking about. However, my friend is right and it's about time I started listing a few more practical items - and I've got plenty to add. This plate has masses of vintage appeal and wouldn't your cupcakes look great presented on it?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

1970s Sparklets ice bucket

This ice bucket, which I've just added to the shop, is fabulous and chic. It looks so shiny and new it's almost hard to believe it's actual a relic from the 1970s! Orange is so retro at the moment too, so it manages to look both contemporary and vintage at the same time. A mid-century modern masterpiece.

Site layout changes

It gets boring seeing the same products on the homepage every time you visit a site, so I've decided to make a slight alteration: the store homepage will now feature the nine most recently added items. If anyone has any other suggestions as to how the shop could be improved, feel free to say!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vintage bowling pin people

I'm a sucker for anything made of wood and anything with a moustache on it, so you can see how I ended up with this troupe. They make me laugh every time I see them. If you love them as much as me, and want to take them home, click here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Shop update

This week I've been busy adding lots of new finds to the shop. Here are a few highlights. Hmmmm. Don't they look lovely together? My hoarding tendency is kicking in... If you see something you like here - get in there quickly before I change my mind!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Welcome to the wooden donkey blog!

Drum roll please, as this is my first ever post on the wooden donkey blog! I've been hunting high and low for vintage treasures for the past few years and after at a lot of faffing, I've finally got round to setting up a shop. And here it is:

I wanted to keep a blog so I can offer customers - or anyone interested in vintage - some more information about my finds. Feel free to ask questions/make comments along the way. Please add me and the shop to your favourites!

I'd also like to share a few treasures from my own private collection with you here too, so look out for those. There will be extra pictures on Flickr too.

Thanks for your support!