From now until Mid-Night 31.8.20 get a 10% Discount on any orders over £15.00
Discount will be applied automatically at checkout
We're always on the lookout for new items to add to the store so if you have any old collections you want to sell please get in touch by emailing us via:
Particularly interested in 1960's/70's Action Man, Corgi/Dinky/Spot On diecast models, Model kits (as long as complete) and Swoppet Toy soldiers
If you're close to us we can always pop round to have a look, if not please send pictures with details of maker, model and condition.
Look forward to hearing from you
Spend £20+ and get a 15% discount.
Runs until midnight on the 30th June 2020
The discount will be automatically applied at the checkout
We are pleased to say we can now post goods up to 2kg to the USA Canada Australia & New Zealand
This will cover most of the items we hold but unfortunately if postage is not offered at checkout the item must be over the 2kg weight limit.
All import duties and taxes are the responsibility of the customer
Our uptmost respect goes out to all the key workers all over the world who are working so hard for us all. I dread to think what it must be like for the medical staff on the front line all over the world.
Worrying times for us all and we're being asked to stay at home wherever possible to try and stop the spread of the virus.
So with this in mind we are offering a 10% across all items by entering STAYHOME in caps at checkout. There's a lot of board games to choose from and we'll be doing our best to add more over the coming days and weeks.
Despatch may be slightly delayed as usually we would send out orders on a daily basis but want to reduce our trips out of the house as well so will consolidate orders to send out in one trip.
No end date for this offer at the moment
Keep safe everyone
We are pleased to say that we now ship items up to 2kg in weight to EU countries via Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service.
Hopefully we will be able to send heavier/larger items at a later stage but for now the 2kg weight will cover the majority of items we have in stock.
You won't see the weight displayed with the items but will see the postage cost at checkout and if the not then sadly the item weighs over and we cannot send at this time.
Long time, no see, and a quick update on VRV
Firstly an apology for not keeping regular blogs coming your way. Sadly Brian had a serious injury that kept him out of action for most of 2018 and the early part of this year. That meant the site was off-line for a long period and only started up again recently.
He's feeling much better now so we'll be adding new items on a regular basis from now on.
At the moment we are offering free shipping within the UK and the check out is only set up for UK customers whilst we find our feet again, Shopify's method for postage is very difficult to implement for "one off" individual items like we offer so we'll need a bit of time to sort out international postage.
To our friends from further afield, if you find something you'd like to buy please drop us a message on firstname.lastname@example.org with the item and your address and we'll sort out a custom shipping quote for you.
Thanks for your patience
There is nothing worse than finding an item you are looking for only to find the information given is sparse or, even worse, incorrect. This does happen mostly within the secondhand/preloved online market.
Obviously if an item is boxed then all the information needed is printed on that box, however it’s the unboxed older/vintage items that can cause the most concern. You want to know the age of these things, so a date of manufacture is always useful but rarely stamped on the item. A makers name can help too and that is sometimes present on the item. Materials can also help. Sometimes you have to research. I know not everyone enjoys it but personally I do! I find it interesting, sometimes exciting, and I have had many ‘I didn’t know that’ times.
Who knew that Yale was founded in 1844 in Connecticut USA? I had assumed Yale was British and didn’t realise they had been around for as long as they have.
The item I was researching was, surprisingly, a Yale lock! It looked quite old and it was boxed. The box gave us some clues obviously, company name ‘The Yale Towne Manufacturing Company’, this was our starting point and where we went to find out the above information, but we still couldn’t be sure of the locks age. We had two sets of instructions in the box, both for the same lock but with different company names on them. One ‘Yale Towne Manufacturing Co.’ the other ‘Eaton Yale & Towne’. What we discovered was that a company called Eaton bought Yale Town Man . Co. in 1963 merging with other business’s Eaton owned, thus renaming Yale Town ‘Eaton Yale & Towne’ up until 1973 when the name was changed again. This dates the lock at some where between 1963 and 1973 making it a vintage item.
Why is it important to get dates right? With todays technology there is a trend for creating products that look old/vintage, most are easy to spot and are not meant to mislead people into believing they are genuine, it would also be very wrong of us to sell such an item as vintage so dating is very important to us. We also like to link to some of the pages with the information on, not only as proof but also because we hope that you will enjoy reading the info too.
Here is just one example Yale History
I thought it would be good to give an insight into how the weather can and does affect business. Actually it’s not just the weather, seasons and events can all effect businesses in general, both positively and negatively, I’ll save that for a later blog. For now let’s talk about the weather!
Dealing in vintage/retro items our favourite places for sourcing products are charity shops and boot sales. Of course charity shops are there all year round and in most weather conditions, but boot sales are very seasonal. We always look forward to the spring, especially Easter, as this is when the boot sale ‘season’ begins. Usually the weather is fine and dry and the boot sales are busy. Charity shops tend to go a little stale at this time too, so it’s good to use other sources and see new/unseen items. Sadly the spring and summer this year has not been good. Boot sales have not been opening, even if the weather on the day has been good, the amount of rain before has made the ground too wet and muddy to use. I think we had one weekend that we were able to go and because the weather was as good as it was on that day, everyone decided to stay at home or go to the beach instead! This meant there were not many stalls/boots to look at. We watch the weather forecasts avidly, hoping for good news, indeed we have had optimistic forecasts on several occasions, only to have that go to pot because the jet stream changed direction without warning! Looking on the bright side, summer is not over yet and with the rest of July, all of August and possibly some of September still to come, we should be able to get to a few boot sales and find some special treasures.
Photo Credit Stroud News and Journal