Wednesday, 17 April 2019

GOTTA LOTTA BOTTLE!

For anyone who remembers the 1980s, check these out ...!!


Cool glass milk bottles with a difference!

Back in the day, when people got the daily pint of milk delivered to them every morning, the average glass milk bottle would be plain and boring.

Then someone thought of the great idea of putting adverts on them!!!
And now they looked like exciting and collectable objects!! 

They also bring back a slice of the 80s, as I guess Ready Brek is no longer with us.
The gloopy instant porridge, that made you look like you lived next door to a nuclear power station, as you went to school surrounded by an orange glow!

They would look brilliant lined up on a kitchen window sill as a display, and also make handy vases for flowers. 

Check them all out below ... 







This one handily has a year on it, telling us this one was out in 1986. 








Now go down to The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset and find them in my unit.
Collect them all today!!!


Sunday, 14 April 2019

JURASSIC COASTER!

Oops, haven't blogged for a while have I?!
But I have been busy, honestly!!!

Mostly flying around Dorset and Somerset looking for exciting new stock, taking photos, and scanning loads of stuff for future collage designs.

And, I've made another driftwood boat ...!



This one is called 'Jurassic Coast', in honour of my local patch, that just happens to be a World Heritage Site!

All the bits were picked up along this coastline, which means a tiny bit less plastic on our beautiful beaches as well.















I'll be making a few more of these boats and will plonk them in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, which also happens to be on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset!


Friday, 5 April 2019

WIMBORNE MARKET

Just a quickie to say I'll be at the wonderful Wimborne Market tomorrow morning.
So rush on down to the Dorset town of Wimborne Minster and find me there!!

But set your alarm clocks, as kick-off is at 7-30am!!!

I love this place, there is always an amazing array of stuff everywhere, with genuine bargains on vintage items, including on my stall of course!!


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

SOAP OPERA!

Just had to show you these amazing old bars of soap I recently bought ...



I love them as I'm always on the look-out for unusual and interesting vintage items.
Plus, how on earth were they never used and stayed in such good condition??!

As you can see, they are the iconic brands of FAIRY and SUNLIGHT. Classic British brands with long histories.


I was told when I bought them that they dated to the 1950s, but the Fairy soap bar could actually be a lot older.



They still retain their distinctive green colour, and as they are the squared version with the wording HOUSEHOLD SOAP, are for 'laundry and other household purposes'. 
The more traditional bars of soaps used for washing were rounded and weighed a bit less.

On the back is their famous baby logo, which is still in use throughout their products today, although they actually stopped making soap bars in 2009.
Underneath is the word 'HEDLEY'.


This refers to the original maker of Fairy soaps, Thomas Hedley Co., who first produced them in 1898.
However, in 1927 they were bought out by the current producers and holders of the brand, Proctor & Gamble, and went out of business in 1930.
So that must mean that my soaps would pre-date that 1927 takeover?
Or, for some reason, they just carried on putting the name Hedley on the bars even though they weren't around anymore. Which to be honest sounds a bit unlikely.

On the side they have individual serial numbers.


I would love to know what they correspond to, as it could possibly be a way of dating them more accurately.



The Sunlight soap has that brilliantly cheerful brand name on the front, all in that sunny yellow colour as well.


On the back we have ...
BY APPOINTMENT SOAPMAKERS
LEVER BROTHERS
PORT SUNLIGHT LIMITED



This gives you an insight into the iconic history of these bars, as Sunlight was first introduced by the Lever Brothers in 1884, making it the first packaged and branded soap in the world.

Port Sunlight is the extraordinary purpose built village, that was built by the brothers to house all the factories' workers, on the Wirral in Merseyside.
With stunning Victorian architecture, this must have been an absolute paradise for these people at the time. It stills looks sensational today, and has over 900 Grade II listed buildings.


As a little bonus, I've dug out these original late Victorian/Edwardian adverts for Sunlight Soap from the ArtPix Archives!!
I bought them yonks ago at Covent Garden Antiques Market. 
They give you an idea of how they advertised their soaps in the early days.




I seem to remember that the one below dates to 1913?



Keep in touch here for more news of unusual vintage bits and pieces!!

Friday, 29 March 2019

BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET

Just letting you know that this Sunday I'll be at the brilliant Bridport Vintage Market!!


I love this one, it has a great vibe, cool fellow traders and is in a fantastic location.
Right next to the amazing Alleyways Antiques Centre on the St Michael's Trading Estate, in the heart of Bridport in Dorset.

So if you find yourself down Dorset way at the weekend, then pop in for some vintage shopping!
I'm really looking forward to this one, as I have some exciting new stock to show for the first time.

See you there!!!


Thursday, 21 March 2019

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX!

What is it about boxes ...?!

Whenever you see one at a vintage fair or market, you feel compelled to pick it up and look inside!!

Of course, then you discover that it's empty, but it's still oddly satisfying isn't it?!

In case you are like me, then I've got a little selection of boxes to show you, that will soon be appearing at vintage fairs.


First up is this beautiful Chinese or Japanese box, which has a delicate bird and the branches of a tree. It has a gorgeous deep reddy brown colour and is painted black inside.






Another wooden box, all inlaid and decorated with little Scottie dogs, one black and one white.
It's a little bashed, but is a charming object, and probably dates to the 1930s. 






What appears to be a rather unassuming pale yellow bakelite box, is actually a rather stylish Art Deco cigarette case.
It would fit easily into a handbag, and would have been the perfect accompaniment to a glamorous night out in 30s London. Just imagine!



Apologies for the out-of-focus picture of the inside of the box. 
I'll sack the staff photographer (me)!!!



And now the 'Mystery Box' ...!!


It looks like it's from the 1950s, and could possibly have been a gift box of some sort, or maybe it held some chocolates?
I'm not 100% sure, but it's a gorgeous box, made of card, and is possibly quite rare as most people would have thrown it away.


So look out for these boxes at my next few vintage fairs and markets, starting with Wimborne Market, in the Dorset town of Wimborne Minster, this Saturday!!





Sunday, 17 March 2019

EVENTS!

As the year is progressing, I'm starting to book more and more fairs and markets ...

Check out my list so far ...



I'm also hoping to do a few art shows this year, which is actually where it all began with my ArtPix venture.
Before I started this antique selling malarky, I was displaying my digital collages and stuff at art shows around Essex.

I'm going to check out a couple in Dorset that might be good options, so watch this space!!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

ARTPIX UPDATE!

All things ArtPix have ground to a halt this week, after water got into the ArtPix Studio!!
During an outrageously heavy rain shower, I developed a bit of an indoor swimming pool, so all work has ceased and there has been a lot of moving furniture and stock!!



All a bit of a pain of course, as I was hoping to get back out doing markets, starting at Wimborne this Saturday.

I'd also begun working on more driftwood art ideas, so hopefully I can get back on these very soon as well.

I do have one market booked for March though, and that's the brilliant BRIDPORT VINTAGE MARKET on 31st March, so catch me there if you can! 
All you have to do is rush down to the St Michael's Trading Estate in the lovely Dorset town of Bridport.

 

Thursday, 7 March 2019

DELVING INTO DRIFTWOOD ART!

Just recently I've started to play around with some ideas for driftwood art, the well-known practice of picking up bits from beaches and creating things out of them.

Had always liked the idea of it, but for years I lived in Southend-on-Sea, and you didn't really want to go poking around the Thames Estuary looking for things washed up!

However, now I've moved to the Isle of Portland, I've got Chesil Cove as my local beach. 
Here you often find bits of wood and all sorts of strange things washed up, especially after a big storm.

So after collecting a few bits of flotsam and jetsam, I made this little boat sitting on a wooden block ...


All made from things found at Chesil Cove. 

I absolutely love the idea of recycling bits to make them into something new. I already do a lot of 'upcycling' of furniture, so this can be another strand!

Both wood and plastic have been used. The right-hand sail is actually a bit of painted wood from a boat. 

 
As all the bits were washed up on Portland, there could only be one name to use!

 
And of course reminding everyone that it's in Dorset!!

 
Love the worn, rusty nail and the natural patterns in the wooden block.
 







I haven't actually attached the boat to the block yet, so it can be a portable boat as well!


When I've made a few more things, I'll start to put them on sale. First in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset, then perhaps at some art fairs. 

Stay tuned!

Monday, 4 March 2019

KEITH FLINT

Totally shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Keith Flint today ....



A free spirit, one-of-a-kind, and fabulous performer.

Anyone who has an ounce of passion for music, especially alternative sounds, will have been moved by The Prodigy in some form.

When the band finally hit the mainstream in the mid-90s, it was Keith who was boomed into every living room in Britain belting out Firestarter.

He became the focal point of the band from then on, and their live shows just got better and better.
With their music crossing so many boundaries, all tribes came to gather at their gigs, and mainly to see Keef, as he was such an incredible performer.
I've seen The Prodigy so many times and he was always fantastic. I even hugged him at one gig as he paraded along the front row at Brixton Academy! 
I also saw him play with his short-lived and much underrated side-project, Flint, at the Scala in London.

He will be so missed ....




Thursday, 28 February 2019

THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT

Got here for your perusal some items from the iconic, and completely mad, 1960s animated TV programme The Magic Roundabout ...


A cool little 15-piece jigsaw from 1967, which admittedly isn't the hardest puzzle you'll ever do, but still a nice original item from the series!






A brilliant book, also from 1967, featuring two of the characters, Dougal and 'the cheeky rabbit' Dylan, who was always either about to fall asleep, or asleep.




And an annual from the last year the programme was originally broadcast, 1977.



The bonkers animation is a cult classic, partially due to some weird conspiracy theories of drug references and rudeness about the French!! Unfortunately most of them aren't true.

The show was first created in France in 1963, with the title, The Manege Enchanté, and when the BBC were offered it, they thought it would be impossible to translate into English.
So they gave the whole lot of films to actress Emma Thompson's Dad, Eric, to have a look at, he watched them all, and came up with his own storylines, often completely different to the original French ones.

The whole thing is still crackers though!



So if you are fan of Dougal, Zebedee, Brian, Ermintrude and the rest then rush along to this Saturday's VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR at Wells Town Hall in the beautiful city of Wells and find them on my stall!!