Magic Town Midway at Rileys and Co.

I moved into Rileys & Co a couple of weekends ago, and my space is still a bit of a work in progress at the moment, but I’m really pleased with how it looks so far.

Magic Town Midway

My Mum made me some cool bunting to decorate my display shelves.

Bunting made from a bark cloth curtain.

Here are a few of the first bits of stock I took in…

Mugs, mugs, mugs! Children in Need, Incredible Hulk, Staffordshire Potteries, classic Have a Break pedestal mugs, and Barmy Bananas!
Wooden pineapple dish…

Stuff for your walls! A selection of pictures, plaques and wall hangings.

The set of two 80’s prints with mint green frames are really different to stuff I’d usually choose for the shop but I love the graphic-style illustrations.

I’ve got a little collection of novelty money boxes for sale, a selection of different sized plates to mix and match, and some drinking glass sets. In particular I love the set of two ‘You & Me’ glasses with gold rims.

Vintage ceramic money boxes. Far right is an R. Moss design, they produced lots of different novelty money boxes.
Classic glasses. Fruit flutes, You & Me frosted set with gold rims, and a fun set of three novelty glasses with fizzy pop / red & straw design.
Vintage plates… mix & match

Look at this vinyl bird apron. Every garden bird imaginable on one bird table, probably not really a very natural scene, but one I love nonetheless! The magnificent starling is my favourite bird of all time.

Vinyl Bird Apron

This is a bit of a random curio, a candle holder in the shape of a rabbit’s house. Based on a real rabbit’s house, I am sure!

Rabbit’s house

I’ve added loads of things, too many to show here, so if you’re in Sheffield then I recommend a visit to Rileys & Co for a good look round. There are loads of other spaces filled with all manner of treasures, including antique, vintage, retro, handmade, recycled furniture, arts and crafts, rustic garden ornaments… and of course there is the lovely Rileys & Co cafe to visit too, which sells the best cake and coffee!

More Magic Town Midway stuff

Lastly, the craziest thing in my unit at the moment is this wicker snake with a forked tongue. You can put pot plants in the holders, there’s space for five. It would look good with some bushy plants or trailing ivy, and when it’s stood in your conservatory I think there’ll be a lot of envy from your friends and fam.

Wicker snake plant pot holder – one of a kind

Check out and follow the Rileys & Co Facebook page here >>> Rileys & Co

More cool stuff for sale in my online shop here >>> Magic Town Midway Etsy shop

xJx

 

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Magic Town Midway is Expanding!

Exciting news!

Magic Town Midway coming soon to Rileys & Co.

I’m going to be renting a dealer space at my favourite vintage shop, Rileys & Co, just off Abbeydale Road in Sheffield.

Rileys & Co

I’d been thinking for ages that it’d be good to have a real-life Magic Town Midway shop space, as well as my Etsy, and now it’s coming true!

‘The space’. Looking very minimal on the day I went to view it.

I popped in a couple of weeks back to view a vacant area, and decided to take it, so I’ve been busy since then trying to source some display shelves, and finally got two sets delivered earlier this week.

New shelves. The stool isn’t mine btw.

Got loads of stuff to sort out before I start taking stock in at the end of the week. Think I’ll be spending the rest of the week washing and pricing things!

xJx

Guide to Easter Decorations 2018

The vintage hand-painted Easter Eggs and chicks from my Etsy shop were featured in a ‘Complete Guide to Easter Decorations’ article in The Telegraph at the weekend. Here are some screen shots from my phone!

Your Complete Guide to Easter Decorations. Article from The Telepgraph, Saturday 17th March 2018

 

Excerpt from the article…

 

Vintage Easter Decorations

Link to the original article on The Telegraph website. It’s a Premium article (of course!) so you have to register if you want to view the whole thing >>> Your Complete Guide to Easter Decorations

Happy to say the decs have now been sold (just in time for Easter!) but here are a few better photos of them, they’re really cool!

Wooden Easter egg decorations

 

Ducks!

 

Fluffy haired chicks

 

Wooden Easter Bunnies

 

Vintage wooden Easter decorations

 

Vintage wooden Easter decorations in all their glory!

Browse the rest of my Etsy shop here >>> Magic Town Midway Etsy Shop

xJx

 

Steel City Treasure Hunt 

Had fun last Saturday, searching for treasures round the Sheffield charity shops with my friend Zaz!

OOTD

Zaz came over from Stockport for the day so I laid on a special guided tour around my favourite charity shops in Woodseats, Crookes and Broomhill. We found some really random things, such as these delightful framed ‘Canals’ and ‘Trees’ pictures! Weird or wot?

Charity shop randomness

Check out this excellent decoupage dog. And also the unusual artwork (bottom right) …I still can’t work out what it is!

Charity shop madness

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good handmade card, and this is one of the finest I’ve ever seen. It was only 45p.

The Gratitude Otters

We went to Rileys & Co for lunch. I’ve been loads of times before but I’d never tried their cake.

The entrance to Rileys & Co. on Farrar Road

…The cake did not disappoint! I chose the carrot one and can recommend it highly. Zaz had a cheesecake which she also said was excellent.

In and around Rileys & Co.

I like how all the menus in Rileys cafe are pegged inside vintage books. This was the one on our table…

Num Num and his funny family

There are so many cool things in Rileys…vintage and retro homewares, clothes and accessories, antiques, paintings and artwork, plus a selection of locally handmade crafts.

Zaz in Rileys & Co.

Rileys also has a cool outdoor toilet. A proper old-fashioned one at the bottom of the garden! I love it!

Backyard toilet

There’s a retro mod cafe next door called Okeh Cafe. It has a jukebox and amazing 50s diner interior. Sometimes there are loads of cool scooters parked outside.

Me outside Okeh Cafe (next to Rileys & Co.)

Here are some of my treasures collected over the course of the day. The Dallas Simpson print and funny owl coasters are destined for the Magic Town Midway shop, but I don’t think I can bring myself to part with the brown bear money-box!

Dallas Simpson print, drunken owl coasters and brown bear money-box with googly eyes.

Also look at these amazing things Zaz gave me. A soap with a frog from Bomb Cosmetics, and the best bottle opener ever! Yes, a seal. Thanks Zaz!

Seal with a bow, and frog soap.

Sheffield Antiques Quarter

Rileys & Co

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Happy New Ear!

I picked up some vintage fuzzy felt just before Christmas, and even though it was destined for the Magic Town Midway Etsy shop, I couldn’t wait to have a little play! I had quite a few fuzzy felt sets when I was little and spent hours creating stuff! This is the ‘Play School’ edition and the sheet inside is dated 1960. It’s in pretty good nick considering how old it is. The only problem was that I couldn’t find enough Y’s in the box to complete my New Year’s message for Instagram! Oh well! It still looks good anyway don’t you think?!

Happy New Ear!

I love the graphics on the box, and some of the instructions on the sheet are so dated it’s ridiculous. The sheet refers only to a male child throughout!? I do love all the little pictures of the full range of fuzzy felt sets on the other side though, it makes me wish I had all of them!

Play School Fuzzy – Felt
More fuzzy – felts! Love the ballet and jungle ones best.
Alphabet

If you love fuzzy felt too, this set is available from the Magic Town Midway Etsy shop, and not only that, but you can save 30% off the usual price until the end of January. Hooray! Happy New Ear!

Visit the shop for more photos and info – Vintage Fuzzy – Felt

xJx

Etsy Made Local Sheffield 2017

I had a great time at the Etsy Made Local Christmas market earlier this month! It was a two-day event running from the 2nd – 3rd December and was organised by Sophie, Jayne and Rob from the Etsy Sheffield Team. It was the first fair I’d done in ages, so I was really excited about it.

In and around the Cutlers’ Hall

The market took place at the Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield city centre. I’d never been inside before. It’s so ornate, I really loved it. You wouldn’t think it was so grand from the outside.

Stained glass window at Cutlers’ Hall

All the previous fairs I’ve done have been craft fairs or trade shows selling greeting cards, so it was my first outing into the real world with Magic Town Midway.

This way for Etsy Made Local

It was good to meet customers face to face and find out which sort of things seemed to sell and which didn’t. I was surprised that I sold very few of the Christmas items I took for some reason, even though there was a very festive vibe and Christmas songs playing all day to get people in the mood! You can never tell what will take people’s fancy though! Here I am at my stall…

The Magic Town Midway stall!

Of course I took way too much stuff with me, and had the same amount of stock again under the table in boxes!

Vintage things! That Mike Read mug didn’t go!

One of the items which attracted the most attention was this celery jar. Lots of people picked it up and said things like ‘No wayyyy my Great Aunt Mary had one of those!’. The little squirrel nutkin brush seen below was also a firm favourite with everyone who saw him, although he didn’t manage to find a home.

Mr Celery, Squirrel Nutkin, Crazy Clown and Fruit Cat, guarding the stall.

Here’s a brilliant photo by Heather Isobel Photography of the Etsy Sheffield stallholders, gathered on the grand staircase just before we opened on the Saturday morning.

The Etsy Sheffield Team, photo by Heather Isobel Photography

And this is my photo.. taken all the way from the back of the group!

My photo of Heather taking the photo of us!

The main hall was very grand and perfect for a Christmas market. It got very busy, especially on the Saturday.

The main hall. My stall is on the right hand side. Photo by Heather Isobel Photography

Rob manning the stall…

Customers browsing at my stall! My assistant Rob stands by, ready to, well, assist.

I love this next photo! So happy that Mr. Celery found a new home in time for Xmas! 🙂

The lovely customer who bought Mr. Celery from my stall. Photo by Heather Isobel Photography

There are so many talented artists and makers in the team, not to mention vintage sellers too! Check out the Sheffield Sellers on Etsy site here for more info and links to all the traders who took part in this year’s event.

Look at these beauties I got from fellow vintage seller Laura at Grey Day Vintage. Aren’t they fab! Loads more cool things in her shop too, so have a look!

Fun things from Grey Day Vintage

Hopefully there will be another Etsy Made Local hosted in Sheffield next Christmas. Follow the Facebook page to stay tuned, and for info on events running throughout the year.

xJx

Vintage Greeting Cards – Charity Shop Find!

A few weeks back I found a collection of old greeting cards for sale at St. Luke’s vintage shop at Broomhill (one of my fave charity shops btw). Anyway, I collect vintage cards so it was lucky I found them! This is just a few of them…

Vintage greeting cards

There were about 30 in the collection, some were unused but the majority were addressed to a couple called Dave and Stella. There are birthday cards, engagement cards, wedding and new home cards. Some of the 21st cards are Dave’s, and some are Stella’s.

Vintage 21st Birthday Cards

I think they must have married very young (by todays standards at least) as there is a ‘Happy 21st Birthday to my Wife’ card from Dave to Stella. It’s a big padded one in a box! Cute or what!? I can’t imagine 21 year olds choosing cards like this anymore…

Happy Birthday to my dear Wife

I’m guessing all the cards are 60s, it’s difficult putting a date on them though because some of them are so quaint with sparkles & foiling that they look almost more like a 50s style. And a few of them seem a bit 70s to me. However, looking through them I feel they must all have been sent within a couple of years of each other and therefore there’s no way they can span over three decades! Any ideas? Wish people would date their cards so I don’t have this problem!

I love these pretty ones with glitter and gold foil keys. A lot of them are padded. You never see a good padded card these days do you? The ‘Happy Birthday Greetings’ bit on the one at the bottom is padded. The one on the left also has pink ribbon on the key. All these little touches seem to make the cards of yesteryear really luxurious somehow.

Key of the door

Really love the wording inside this next one, plus the inscription from Stella’s Nan and Grandfather!! So old fashioned with the cigarette! Probably be a vape fag these days, if that’s what you call them. (That’s what I call them).

21st Birthday Card complete with real cigarette. No vaping. Just pure nicotine like a proper young man.

An illustrated one. I’m not really keen on the illustration style, but it’s fun and very of its time I suppose! Weird how it has the garish little cartoons, but also a classic scalloped gold border and script. It’s quite big too.

Illustrated card with gold scalloped edging

This next one is one of my favourites. It’s got foil horseshoes and held it’s held together with ribbon.

Large 21st Birthday Card with beads, horseshoes and a key.

On to Dave & Stella’s engagement cards now. They’re all really pretty and floral and the pink one with two hearts is padded. The middle bottom one with the rose is like a pillow!

Engagement Card selection

Quaint and delightful wedding cards, all in a similar style with wedding bells and horseshoes of course. The one in the centre on the bottom row is photographic and shiny, and I like it best because it’s different. Seems a bit ahead of its time compared to the others.

Vintage Wedding Cards

I really love this fab pop-up card, it’s my favourite one out of all of them.  I would be so happy if someone gave me this on my wedding day!

Congratulations on your wedding.

The way it says ‘Here’s to years of Happy Sledding’ makes me laugh! So quaint and lovely. Get ready for the inside…

Pop-up card! Look at them on their sleigh!

I feel like pop-up cards need to make a come back! Bet they’d be ridiculously expensive to manufacture though.

Lastly, here are a couple of New Home cards. I assume Dave and Stella went about things in the ‘proper’ manner and did not cohabit until married. Shock horror if they did, tut tut. The weather house card is so nice with the funny little picture inside, I love everything about it.

New Home Cards – ‘Set Fair’

I think if this last one was a card it would be my overall favourite, but it’s actually an envelope! It’s pretty much the best envelope I’ve ever seen though! The illustration and typography are spot on. What fun, eh?!

Humour! From GUESS WHO!? We’ll never know I suppose, but whoever filled in the comments was obviously a bit of a card! LOL – gerrit?

I love finding collections of cards such as these, but it does make me think of Dave and Stella and wonder how their lives panned out, and why their cards all ended up in a charity shop. Best not to think about it too much, but I do hope they’re still out there somewhere, still happily sledding.

Aren’t old cards just the best? Anyone else collect them?

>J<