Posts tagged “made in ireland

Arklow Shark

Posted on 5 June, 2014





It turns out the sunny south east is a good place for thrifting. I managed to squeeze in a village market and a car boot sale into my bank holiday weekend. Having on tap baby sitters is one of life’s true pleasures!

In my hunts I picked up mainly Irish made pieces which always makes me happy. I hunted out some Carrigaline pottery (blue and white strips and tan stripes)  a retro Barry’s tea tin, a Celtic Ceramic salt and pepper set which didn’t really go with my scone and tea photos but I thought the little condiments jar from that set could get away with it.


carrigaline pottery striped plates and cupI was also very excited about retro travel scrabble set. Scrabble is by far the best game in the world ever. I get competitive and over excited playing it but then again that goes for most board games.

I also picked up some sheffield steel bone handle knives. I’m in the midst of online research about sheffield steel and I have to say there are nicer ways to spend sunny mornings! If I find anything interesting I’ll let you know, nothing to report so far.

vintage travel scrabble

As you may know I’m a big Arklow pottery fan but I think I’ve met my match. There was a man at the car boot sale who I named Arklow Shark who was dashing around the stalls buying everything Arklow. It was Dad who noticed him but by the time we spotted him he had done the whole car boot sale and was carrying a hefty load. He bought a whole Arklow tea set for €20. It was such a bargain and jealousy still runs through me! I considered harming him and stealing his finds but for some reason I thought better of it. Next time, Arklow Shark man, next time!!

I did however manage to pick up a few lovely Arklow pieces as people were unpacking them (yes it can get crazy out there!). The retro flowery plate is Arklow. I placed the scone on it as a little trophy to it for not being swallowed up by the Arklow Shark.

There are more goodies but alas this is all that I could squeeze into the photos!

arklow pottery shannon pattern plate arklow pottery "shannon" pattern, travel scrabble, carrigaline potteryIMG_4056

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Tipperary moves to California

Posted on 20 January, 2014

The January spell has been broken! I have shaken off my cold  and my Etsy shop has got it’s first two sales of 2014. I must admit I was beginning to worry that my Etsy shop wasn’t going to sell anything in 2014 (I like to leap to irrational conclusions). Thankfully I was proved wrong!

One of the items that is now being shipped to the US is this jug made in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary…

The person who bought it got in touch to say it caught her eye as she lives near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California where they have the entire contents of a pub from the President’s ancestral home of, yes you guessed it, Ballyporeen, Tipperary.
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The Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen closed in 2004 and while the building still stands, its fittings and sign were transferred to the Library in California. They even transferred kegs, taps and the glasses that were used when President Reagan and his wife visited in 1984. Everything went, even the liquer bottle Nancy Reagan’s drink was poured from!
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And now ten years on, another little bit of Ballyporeen is winging it’s way to California! Safe travels little jug:)

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Flying royals

Posted on 9 January, 2014

After many unsuccessful attempts at photographing these cups I decided to bring them outside. For those of you who were anxious about the amber glass in the tree look away now…

These Royal Tara cups were tricky to photograph inside. Against a patterned background it was all too much and the house just didn’t have enough light to show them off against a white background so after careful consideration, some logistical discussions and help from Steve we were good to go.

Royal Tara are made in Galway in Ireland and are the first Irish pottery company that I’ve featured that are actually still in business.

Although I must confess many of their patterns are not to my taste and heavily decorated with shamrocks. These ones however where different enough and striking enough to catch my eye.

Not only did the sun oblige for photographing them but Ewan was a model assistant and the picture of patience as he watched on, strapped to me, and intrigued.

This week I’m sharing with A Living Space ,ThrifterMakerFixerFarmer,Sir Thrift Alot, and We call it junkin

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Catholic Boys

Posted on 6 January, 2014

I found this tea pot all the way back in 2013 in a second hand shop.

I bought it because it intrigued me, it was made in Ireland and I had no idea what CBSI or a Jamborora was. It turns out CBSI is the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland and they held an international Jamborora to celebrate their Golden Jubilee.

According to the welcome leaflet the word Jamborora is a mixed of the scouts word of Jamboree meaning a gathering and the Irish word Ora meaning golden, it makes much more sense now!

The nifty logo came about because of Mount Mellary’s, the area where the gathering happened, connection with bees keeping. the twitter account @mountmellary1 has some photos of the cover of the cookbook for the gathering, the song for the event and details of the Horslips (an Irish band) that played. It makes for an interesting snap shop of 1970’s Ireland.

The symbol on the back is the Catholic Boys Scouts of Ireland symbol. Reading about them it seems they were set up because the existing scout association was considered pro-British and protestant and it was felt a scouts with Catholic ethos was needed.

Religious divides make me uneasy, the tying together of politics and religion does the same. But you can’t take a piece of Irish memorabilia and separate it from the politics of the time and this is certainly as Irish as it comes. 

After our outdoor excursion this guy needs a wash before I’ll be making it available in the shop.

This week I’m sharing with Sir Thrift A Lot , The Cottage Market, Thrifter Maker Fixer FarmA Living Space and We Call it Junkin

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First Thrift find of the year

Posted on 2 January, 2014

I spent the day debating, will I go second hand shopping in the rain or will I eat yet another packet of jaffa cakes. In the afternoon I unhanded the delicious jaffa cakes and braved the weather. It was beginning to feel like I should have eaten the jaffa cakes when finally the last second hand shop I tried (always the way) turned up trumps.

This beauty was made in Ireland and started it’s life on the 23rd of February 1978, or so I am reliably informed by  the stamp on the back. This is one of those finds that come about so rarely. I have a old cream coloured phone that I found in a thrift shop in New Zealand seven years ago. I never thought I’d find one in Ireland. So to find one that is one in Ireland and it was made in Ireland has made me very giddy indeed!

 This will be making it’s way to the shop soon but for the moment I will have to leave you hanging while I make it shiney and eat those poor abandoned jaffa cakes.(Update: It’s in the shop  now)

This week I’m sharing with Sir Thrift A Lot , The Cottage MarketMod Vintage Life and We Call it Junkin.

P.S. If you are a Corkonian in need of some new year vintage then check out my Facebook page  for free shipping on all items in the shop. Just enter the code UPCORK before you Proceed to Checkout. The offer is valid until the 6th of January 2014.


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Mint Treats

Posted on 25 November, 2013

This weekend I went to Dublin to watch the Irish rugby team in a heart breaking defeat. For those of you that don’t follow a sport I would advise that you keep it that is far too much of an emotional roller coaster. I am pretty sure I aged about ten years yesterday.

Arriving home late today there was a bit of a race against the light. I wanted so much to show you my purchase from last Friday’s madness and luckily I just managed a few shots before darkness descended.

Arklow Pottery cup, saucer and plateirish pottery made by arklow pottery

I love these pieces so much that I got up before dawn and waited in below freezing conditions for hours so that I could snap them up in the window sale.

They made by Arklow Pottery, County Wicklow. I have spoken about Arklow pottery before  and my obsession with the brand has grown and grown. The thought that they closed because there wasn’t a market for their pieces in Ireland makes me think that they were just ahead of their time.

The pattern and detail is so spectacular and so much more interesting than a lot of the newer pottery pieces that make their way to wedding lists.

mint and gold arklow pottery jug

These pieces are so elegant and unique and made right here in Ireland. What’s not to love!

The plates and cups are in the shop and the jug is following soon 🙂

This week I’m linking up with A Living Space ,ThrifterMakerFixerFarmer,Sir Thrift AlotMe and My Shadow and We call it junkin

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