It’s only a Milk Bottle but I like it…

I know I have mentioned sister-in-law-to-be Elin on my blog before. She helped me review the Bourbon Biscuit Chocolate Spread but declined to be photographed.

So I spied this photo of her and some friends (Elin on the right) on Facebook sometime in the New Year and immediately posted on it how amazing it looked and how I loved those vintage milk bottles and she must take me there. Because I am like that. I am wont to enthuse madly and make demands of people. It’s what I do. And milkshake served in a vintage bottle – what’s not to like?

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As a child we lived way to far out in the sticks to be visited by a milkman. He’d have had to navigate several fields, a dirt track, a hill and some straggly sheep. Wales is just like that. I do however, remember my Auntie who lived in a nearby village getting milk and orange juice from the milk man. I used to pass the full ( or empty, depending on the time of day) bottles as I crossed her threshold. I loved the adverts, the colours and designs. They’re very evocative of childhood as I remember the products and advertising campaigns vividly.

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A few years ago I discovered someone on eBay selling lots of them and, feeling too guilty to buy myself one, I purchased one for my then squeeze. It was dropped by said beau less that 24 hrs later on our front step where it smashed to smithereens. They do say there’s a reason why each past partner is now an ex (it’s not actually the milk bottle but I still wonder if it was a contributing factor…).

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So imagine my surprise when, I opened an unexpected package to find this bad boy.

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What a little stunner! Sister-in-law-to-be-Elin had taken note of my demands and purchased my bottle. I feel the beginnings of a collection coming on.

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It is with a yearning for eBay I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it…

It’s only The Consortium but I like it…

I can’t remember how I heard about The Consortium in Winchester (http://www.theconsortiumonline.co.uk/winchester-shop/) – I think it may have popped up in my Facebook feed or perhaps been recommended by someone. Anyway, I have been ogling various items in their shop via Facebook ever since.

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We were in Winchester at the weekend and I made the Dr look up The Consortium so we could find it. As we approached, I knew I was going to love it.

It’s lovely mix of vintage and retro finds spill out onto the street enticing you in. The actual building is lovely, a period property spanning several floors including a basement.

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I fell in love with this reproduction phone – just like the one we had when I was growing up!

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These light up letters are so stunning, they’d be a great feature. I explored the whole house and finally found my P for Polly in the basement!

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This lovely bench is exactly the kind of thing I’d like if I had a house with a big hallway. It was in lovely condition and I definitely think I’ll be heading back once we’ve bought a house to purchase some quirky pieces.

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I noticed a blackboard detailing classes offered and there was a sewing tutorial going on in a lofty room – how fab. I’ve always wanted to learn to sew properly, rather than making it up, which is what I do now. Again, I think I might be heading back to The Consortium in the future…

It is with a plan for the future I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!