Category Archives: Homeware

Telephone accessories

When we say phone accessories in the vintage context, we mean handset holders and phone list finders, not mobile phone cases or screen protectors 🙂 Those born in the seventies and earlier will probably have used these before. The handset holder plays the theme from Romeo & Juliet  when activated. Lovely!

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Singapore Telecoms phone and some cool phone accessories

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New in box telephone list finder

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All Bottled Up

Our favourite find this week has got to be the green vintage Givaudan glass perfume bottles. A famous Swiss fragrance company which traces its roots back to 1796(!!), the bottles still have perfume in them! They have an office in Singapore too! Anyone from Givaduan out there? 🙂

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We love old glass bottles, and these will make a fine pairing next to vintage amber, cobalt blue and clear ones. Turn them (or any bottle) into oil/kerosene lamps with these wicks we just got in, made from cotton and recycled metal.

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Global Table

Buying items from all over the world is common and easy today, but in the past, owning something from the other side of the world must have gotten one huge bragging rights.

So it kinda romantic to think of how they came to Singapore, and why.

Clay containers from Amsterdam. Used to store liquor. These were probably used on a ship.

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Vintage jug from Sri Lanka.
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Pretty soup bowls from England (set of five)
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Perfect for Chinese New Year

As the Snake slithers away, here are some decor items to welcome the Year of the Horse! Great for your impending gatherings 🙂

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Time for a Tiger!

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Random items + a quiz!

I’ve only heard of this item and I’ve been told you can’t find it Singapore anymore, although it was common in the past. So we were thrilled to see it in a country not far from us! What do you think this is for? Answer at the end of the post 🙂

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Here are the items just in:

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Cabbage chopstick holder

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Norwegian plate

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Colonial hat

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Huge pine cones

Now here’s the answer 🙂
These clay bowls with a moat were used to keep ants away from food stored in the kitchen cupboard. This cupboard was the “refrigerator” in those days. The moat of course, would be filled with water. Clever huh?
And yes we have a set of four for sale!

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Did you get it right?

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Material of the moment – copper

If there is one material that will make your home feel all warm and Christmassy, it’s copper. Cooks also use copper pots because it has great heat-conductivity. And of course, they look so elegant in any kitchen!

Here are our copper kitchenware

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The PERFECT gift

Find it at By My Old School!

For the person who loves keropok (prawn crackers)

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For those who love Pepsi

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Old-school Pepsi glasses

For the person who needs spectacles 🙂

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Vintage optician kit

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For the ‘domestic goddess’ who doesn’t cook

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Reproduction metal sign (sold)

For the retro-fashion fashionista

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Vintage patchwork clutch (sold)

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Vintage patchwork clutch (sold)

For those who love trinkets

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Made-in-England glass vintage butter dish

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Store your butter or your jewellery!

If you just want to send your festive greetings, do so with our greeting cards made with authentic vintage French postcards! Some examples of the postcards here:

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More gift ideas to come but check these out in the shop now! 🙂

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We love boxes!

Strange you might think, but it’s true! Not any old box I must add, but well-crafted sturdy wooden boxes which will keep your treasures well and safe for many many years.

These containers also have their own stories to tell, with the passage of time marking their surfaces.

We have collected boxes both big and small over many years. Here’s a sampling of some that’s a great size for storing special trinkets and collectibles. They’re about 30cm by 20cm big. Check out our box stack! 🙂

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This has a tray to organise your items

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This has a tray to organise your items

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Use it as a display base too!

If you’re looking for other sizes, call us!

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Seeing Red

All things red and wonderful in the shop today 🙂

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Coca cola tray

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Enamel colander

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Toaster

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Thermal soup container

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Wine bucket

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Battery-operated lamp

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Glass vase

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Glass vase and drink container

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Cosmetic case

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Portable scale

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Mini TV

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Of gadgets and toys

New in the store – get nostalgic with a toy POSB ATM, roller skates, Telecoms phone and more!

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