Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Gift of Thrift


On the way back from the post office this morning I did a quick charity shop run and found this set of Wood's Ware 'Beryl' all for a bargain £7.50! I'm always happy to add to my utility china collection and in the VK household we use it everyday; I think a meal looks more homely when presented on such plates.


Here are some other interesting buys I've had over the past couple of weeks:


A 1970s Bjorn Wiinblad wall plaque depicting the month of March and 1940s knitting patterns for a matching fair isle set.  The high neckline of the jumper wouldn't suit me but I quite fancy the cardigan, at least it would involve minimal fair isle - which I haven't attempted yet!

I love those puffed sleeves!

18 comments :

  1. Think I said before mum had green BerylWare and granny had pink. Mum had a complete service think it must have been a wedding present she married in 1954. The complete set included the tureens with lids and oval plates she had three of those, all jugs you have in the picture and dad still has the pint jug and he still makes custard in it!! Mum also had a gravyboat and saucer. I think it was still made right up to the eighties because everytime someone broke the teapot lid it could always be replaced.
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  2. The pink sounds lovely. Yes, it was made up until the 80s, and to think it was produced from the 1940s and had such a long run! It surely must be one of the longest production runs of household crockery ever. There's a book in there somewhere...

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  3. I love Beryl Ware. I'm pretty sure that when we lived in RAF housing in the 1980s the houses came with Beryl Ware (which you'd leave behind for the next family), but that could just be time playing tricks with my memory. It always makes me nostalgic, though.

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  4. Oh how much do I love that plaque? It's gorgeous...make a good fabric design. And I do like a nice bit of Beryl Ware.xxx

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  5. I probably didn't appreicate the BerylWare whilst growing up. Granny only had the a teaset cups, saucers, teaplates, teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl. Mum had everything! Oh there are three different types of bowls and three different size of plates. I could possible tell you what you need to look out for........... including coffee cups and saucers!
    Julie xxxxxx

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  6. I'm positively lusting over the Bjorn Wiinblad plaque, I love those stylised black and white prints so much.
    I've been on a spree today, I can hardly wait to show off my latest finds. Doesn't it give you a buzz? xxx

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  7. Well that china brings back memories, my mother still knits and uses her old Paton patterns to knit the family gloves from. Just come across your lovely blog I will be adding it to my favourites.
    have a lovely week.
    Jill

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  8. Bargain China the odd bits I find are silly prices, I would love to find some pink :)
    Wish I could knit I love the twinset.
    Cate x

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  9. Mim - yes you did get Beryl Ware with the house on R.A.F stations, I remember it well!


    Please feel free to knit me the jumper ;-)

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  10. I have the green jugs & a huge platter too - great buy!

    Jayne

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  11. Love the Berylware, although I've never come across it in my travels. I'll have to look out for it, although I'm trying to create a full set of Poole twintone at the moment!

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  12. All great finds! Good luck with the fairisle! Don't carry the wool across the back too tightly!

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  13. Fabulous haul of Berylware and love the plaque. Good luck with knitting the cardie.

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  14. Those knitting patterns are great, I just found a load of fabulous ones myself. It's always the styling that attracts me - your lady really does have the most amazing hair! Shame my knitting skill is still at 'scarf' level.

    Lovely blog, I've just started following. Mine is all about charity shop and vintage buys (and my occasional forays in crap craft)

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  15. Thanks for all those lovely comments and welcome Jill and Lakota :-)

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  16. Good price on the Beryl ware! Love the plaque!! If you want to sell it on before mid-April (daughter's wedding), let me know - it would be ideal for her - looks a bit like them both!! Abby x

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  17. Hi Abby, I had to look twice when I saw that price! Sorry, but I've fallen in love with the plaque, but I have seen them sold on eBay and there is also this website where one seems to be very reasonably priced:

    http://www.richardwallisantiks.com/nymolle_calendar_plaques_mugs.htm

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  18. Hi - thanks for the link - I've just ordered one - a perfect little unusual present! Brilliant! Cheers :) Have a good weekend. Abby x

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