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Nice & Nautical

If you’ve been to our shop, you’ll know what an extensive collection of nautical items we have – from pulleys and compasses to diving helmets and steering wheels! Here’s a taste of the latest vintage items.









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The PERFECT gift

Find it at By My Old School!

For the person who loves keropok (prawn crackers)


For those who love Pepsi


Old-school Pepsi glasses

For the person who needs spectacles 🙂


Vintage optician kit


For the ‘domestic goddess’ who doesn’t cook


Reproduction metal sign (sold)

For the retro-fashion fashionista


Vintage patchwork clutch (sold)


Vintage patchwork clutch (sold)

For those who love trinkets


Made-in-England glass vintage butter dish


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:




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

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Seeing Red

All things red and wonderful in the shop today 🙂


Coca cola tray


Enamel colander




Thermal soup container


Wine bucket


Battery-operated lamp


Glass vase


Glass vase and drink container


Cosmetic case


Portable scale


Mini TV

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Going industrial

Wonder why the industrial look is all the rage? These grungy utilitarian pieces are unexpected and delightful discoveries in a clean contemporary home. Take these ship lamps home and use them in your own creative way.







Used in train carriages


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Household Goods

Just your simple everyday items… the everyday items of the past that is =)

Rooster brand alarm clock (working condition)

Plated napkin holder (engraved with “With Compliments Stamford Press”)

UK-made pear-shaped plate

Cute kid-sized enamel cups (not been used)

1940s potato peeler

I understand this was pre-cassette – the cartridge would be loaded with songs, but look at the size of the slot!

Concerto 70s cartridge player

Side view showing slot

Reproduction “vintage” phone (not working)

Made-in-Japan Cigarette Music Holder. It’s llke a music box for ciggies!

Learn to play a new instrument.

Hohner Melodica Soprano (in original box)

Instructions included

The original calculator (better than one as it needs no power source!)

Abacus 1 (13 places)

Abacus 2 (11 places) Lotus-flower brand

We think this was used for weighing letters to calculate postage.

Foldable portable mini weighing scale

Folds up into a slim case


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The Magic of Marilyn and other gems

Images of Marilyn Monroe are simply timeless, even though it’s the 50th anniversary of her death this year.

These classic black and white prints truly capture her as an eternal icon of beauty and sweet sexiness.

Framed print, unfortunately a new pane of glass needs to be fitted. Measures 62cm x 52 cm.

The print is labelled “Milton H Green photoportfolio”

Classic Marilyn

This framed print below measures 50cm x 39cm

Sexy Marilyn

More things you can hang up at home – mirrored signs for the bar area or kitchen.

Tiger Beer sign 51 cm x 41 cm

Stella Artois Gold Standard Establishment plaque 41cm x 23cm

Tripel Karmeliet beer sign (a Belgian speciality beer) 40cm x 40cm

Metal Belgian road sign (65cm x 32cm)

Add a regal touch to your home with a portrait of this aristocratic guy.

Celebrate Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan national hero who ruled the country in the 1800s.

Beautiful antique oval wood frame

Great for a vintage travel decor theme, but needs a pane of glass for the frame.

Framed “vintage” French Line advertisement poster (52cm x 37cm)

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Domestic Helpers

We aim to provide vintage items that are practical as well – we’re not sure about the hairdryers though!

Yes we hear you, it’s difficult to find unique hooks out there (the designer ones are all too expensive!). These are just perfect to add some vintage character to your wall. Did we mention they’re functional too?

We have them mounted in one, twos and threes and unmounted as well.

Vintage hooks

One fixture is actually three hooks, so three of them means nine hooks! Gosh!

Elegant handheld mirror and coat brush

We’re not sure if these hairdryers are working (we recommend not trying them out with your other appliances on!) But lovely shapes, don’t you think?

National brand hairdryer

Wigo hairdryer (Made in Germany)

Wanli hairdryer (Made in China)


These teak photoframes have such a lovely nostalgic vibe to them. Imagine them hung in a row, in some old clan association or coffeeshop). The chains that come with them are made of metal links and are extraordinarily long. We have 7 frames available.

Vintage teak photoframes (46cm x 38cm)

Love the bevelled edges.

Metal chain for picture hanging

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Metal Head – hooks, handles and more

These items have nothing in common, except that they’re all metal, vintage and really unique!

Have you heard of the term Occupied Japan? It’s the period after WWII when Japan was occupied by the Allied forces (American and British mainly), from the year 1945 to about 1952. Which makes this exquisite jewellery box and lighter about 70 years old, gosh! These items are marked with the words “Made in Occupied Japan”.

Nickel-plated jewellery box

Art-deco style lighter (shaped like a tulip)

Made in Occupied Japan

A toast rack you can use for letters too.

Toast rack (sold)

A slice of Americana

American 50s diner-style napkin holder (sold)

The contrast of shades and textures makes it interesting

A gift from Brubaker Plumbing and Heating (sold)

Real American car license plates

Vintage brass handles – lovely to jazz up a plain wooden box or chest of drawers.

Brass handles

Brass handle

This is new but mid-century-modern inspired – a set of fun swivelling hooks.

Wall-mounted swivelling hooks

Wall-mounted swivelling hooks

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Vintage Enamel Trays

I wonder if vintage enamel trays can be regarded more as an art form than a mere functional object.

I wonder if the artists of these beautiful designs were ever documented and celebrated.

I wonder who they were and what their inspirations were.

We just received a batch of these and they are truly inspirational. The smallest is about 30cm and the largest is 51cm (that’s half a metre across!)

30cm diameter

30cm diameter

35cm diameter

40cm diameter

45cm diameter

51cm diameter

And one basin…

36cm diameter


At the bottom of the basin - a pair of flying geese


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We are the Champion!

What says champion better than a good ol’ trophy? And these vintage ones carry their past triumphs like a proud badge.

They’re what a winner’s cup should really look like! We have them in a range of sizes, from a tiny adorable vessel to a huge one you can use as a planter.

Some are also inscribed and dated – does any of these ring a bell?

Piala Bola Kaki Umum, Djuara II P.B.B 17-8-52 (Piala Football Cup?)

S.P.C Gymkhana 1955 (Gymkhana seems to be a type of motorsport)

K.P.Y.F Badminton Championship presented by David Tan



A family of winners

Size matters!

Some new metal plate signs have also arrived! You’ll smile at the cigarette ones for their un-politically correct slogans.



'80s double-sided parking coupon sign (sold)

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