Friday, May 6, 2011

Nostalgia in a little brown mug.

I seem to have a strange affinity for things that remind me of my childhood. Vintage and retro bits and pieces interest me so much more than shiny, new things. Sure, there's space in my life for contemporary design, but my heart lies with the old fashioned and fuddy-duddy.

Retro dip-glazed coffee mugs

I can't even recall where exactly this kind of mug featured in my childhood, but I was recently watching a tv show set in the early 80s and the swaggering lead was slurping his instant coffee from one of these quirky dip-glazed mugs and something in my brain was screaming 'you need some of those!'. Maybe my Nanna had some? Whatever the case, it became my mission to find some.

Well, six op shops, two markets and one dollar later I had procured there two little beauties. The retro colours are so warm and happy, and the divine pearlescent purple sheen just barely evident on the dip-glazing is so beautiful. There's something so enchanting and endearing about their wonkiness. I must find more!

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  1. omigosh blast from the past, i think my granddad had the darker coloured one when i was little (early 90s)! havent seen mugs like that for ageees.

    seeing stuff like that is oddly comforting :)

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  2. Oh wow! I remember those too but I can't pinpoint from where?? Maybe from my Dads crib bag or maybe Nan's house in the 80's..

    Just stumbled across your blog through VF, love it!
    Reezy

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  3. OMG! I remember these mugs when I was little! LOL! Great post, made me smile! Miss Walker xoxo

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  4. I'm sure you could find a version of those mugs in most office kitchens! I've always found with opshopping that as soon as I decide I want something I know I've seen a million times before, I can't find them for quids :) Well done for finding yours so quickly.

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