Crinoline Ladies

An increasing number of crinoline ladies have been appearing in the shop of late. For example, there was a batch of vintage embroidered fabrics made up into cushion covers.  Amongst them were the delightful crinoline ladies shown here. It was the first cushion to be snapped up. The hunt is on for more.  There is a small selection of vintage china is…

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Back to School

Yes it’s almost that time – to get back to school, college and work. But to soften the blow Girl’s Own Store have a few of items to add a little cheer.   Who wouldn’t want to pack their sandwiches into one of these lunch boxes? Made from recycled plastic in 3 great retro prints.…

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Vintage Polish Dolls

These vintage dolls were made in Poland, where they were produced from the 1950’s onwards in large numbers, although no two ever seem to have the same outfit. The faces are hand painted and so, although they are usually looking to their right, they all have a slightly different expression. This, of course, makes them…

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Small Scale Gardening

Although the main garden is a very good size it is detached from the cottage. Outside the back door of the cottage itself there is only a narrow passage which runs the length of the short terrace.  Not much scope for gardening here you would think. Along one side of the passageway there is an old stone wall,…

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House Spider

It began with of a regime of housework which was, quite frankly, sub-standard. But now a spider has made such a fine web in a dusty corner it seems cruel to undo all her work  (she must surely be a ‘she’ – like Charlotte).  She has been here for a good couple of weeks. So she sits, and…

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Labels – an Obsession?

Who wouldn’t want to travel with luggage like this? Sometimes discovering the label on a vintage item is as good, if not better, than finding the item itself. This interest is in danger of becoming an obsession. There is a charm and an innocence and lack of cynicism that is, for the most part,  lost in the graphics and…

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Cogden Beach – What Larks!

Take a walk eastwards along the South West Coast path from Burton Bradstock and after about a mile you reach Cogden Beach. At first this stretch of coastline would not appear to be that interesting from a nature watching point of view. But how wrong first impressions can be. Along the path itself, what seems at first to be…

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