Happy Happy Christmas!! (And thank you!)

19 Dec

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It’s that time of the year when we say au revoir for a few weeks and wish everyone a happy and blessed Christmas! Thank you so much for your support this year (and for the past three years – I can’t believe Mint’s been going so long!) – I’m forever grateful for our band of loyal followers! Have a restful holiday and we’ll see you again sometime around the 5th January 2015 (exact date dependant on how many Strawberry Daiquiris I drink over Christmas!).

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P.S. If you haven’t quite finished your Christmas shopping, or just feel the need to treat yourself, then head over to the stadium for the last I Heart Market of 2014! Mint will be under the trees peddling our retro wares! Look out for some newly restored wooden kitchen chairs and a pair of vinyl swivel chairs. We should also have some brightly coloured hanging planters that would make great last minute Christmas gifts for any plant lovers out there!

 

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Retro Buck Ashtray – SOLD

19 Dec

Side view of retro ceramic buck ashtray

Side view of retro ceramic buck ashtray

I’ve sold some whacky ashtrays over the years, but I think this one’s right up there withe the best of them! Isn’t it mad – and kind of crazy cool?! There’s no maker’s mark, but this ashtray’s been well made – I’d almost have expected to see a Lucia Ware stamp on its base. There’s definitely no getting away from the fact that it’s South African!

A wonderfully kitsch ashtray that would look great hanging on a wall, or sitting on your desk or coffee table.

Dimensions: 15cm long x 15cm wide x 4cm deep

Price: R140

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Small Kitchen Jars – SOLD

19 Dec

Small vintage kitchen jars

Small vintage kitchen jars

The lids on these vintage kitchen jars are a bit sad looking – but they’re red, so who cares! I just love the colour red in the kitchen – so much so that I parted with a set of my (much-loved) blue-lidded kitchen jars when I found a set of jars with bright red lids (it’s good to make a change every now and then!). This pair are a fair bit older than the set I have in my kitchen, and have the scars to show it, but the lids still work perfectly well, and I love the shape of the jars – nice and chunky! The glass is a bit lighter than you’d expect it to be, so I don’t think that these jars are quite as hard-wearing as a lot of the vintage jars that we sell, but if you look after them well I’m sure that they will last you for years to come.

A sweet pair of small kitchen jars that would be great for storing your tea and sugar.

Dimensions: Each jar measures 12cm tall x 11cm wide

Price: R75 each

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Pink Everhot Teapot – SOLD

19 Dec

Vintage pink Ever-hot teapot

Vintage pink Ever-hot teapot

Sadly the metal cover on this Ever-hot teapot is a little battered and bruised, but the pale pink glaze more than makes up for any wear and tear! They’re quite hard to come by, but now and again you do see these Ever-hot pots in the most lovely pastel glazes! I’ve seen a pale blue and yellow before, and now pink! So exciting! But there’s no getting away from the rather poor condition of the ‘cosy’. Aside from the metal starting to corrode, there are also a few dings in the cover. Luckily though, the felt lining and the teapot itself are in pretty condition for their years, so all is not lost – it’s definitely still a functional (and very pretty!) teapot.

Dimensions: 15cm tall x 16cm in diameter

Price: R140

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Vintage Mixing Bowls – SOLD

19 Dec

Vintage mixing bowls

Vintage mixing bowls

These mixing bowls are a bit on the small side, but I think it probably makes sense to have bowls of all sizes in your kitchen – there’s no use using a massive mixing bowl if you’re just fixing yourself some scrambled eggs! I love the pale blue and yellow glazes, and the thick band that runs around the rim of the bowls. Also – and now I know that this is a bit of an odd thing to mention – but I really like the underside of the bowls – there’s something very old-school about the way the bases of the bowls have been finished off.

A very sweet pair of bowls that I’m confident will see plenty of use in whatever kitchen they land up in (as long as it’s not mine!).

Dimensions: Medium bowl – 11.5cm deep x 18cm in diameter; Small bowl – 8.5cm deep x 12.5cm in diameter

Price: R130 for the pair

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Tippa Typewriter – SOLD

18 Dec

Vintage Tippa typewriter

Vintage Tippa typewriter

Buying this typewriter was a very entertaining, if somewhat disconcerting experience! While I was busy negotiating the price, two separate people came up to me and asked me what it was – they must have been around 20 years old, and didn’t know what a typewriter was – how terrifying is that?! It made me feel somewhat ancient! And I’m young compared to this German Tippa typewriter, that a lot of sites date to the 1950s, but seems to have been produced in 1960. It’s doing pretty well for its years – Justin had to straighten one or two of the keys, and it could do with a new ribbon (which you should be able to pick up at Waltons), but otherwise it’s in good working order. It’s a really attractive machine, with nicely rounded edges, and that great Tippa logo – and it has it’s original instruction manual, and a diagram showing you where to place your fingers – a sill reason to like a machine, but it definitely added to the appeal!

A very cool, and quite sought after typewriter – this model can sell for as much as $450!

Dimensions: 30cm long x 30cm wide x 11cm deep

Price: R360

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