When inspiration strikes…

We just wanted to share this lovely story of inspiration striking that a lovely customer posted on our facebook wall recently.

the perfect colour

the perfect colour

Tracey told us “Just wanted to let you know and thank you for how your catalogue inspired my recent bedroom makeover. It plopped through the door and as soon as I saw the back cover I started rabbiting on about how “that was exactly the sky blue/grey colour I was looking for” (husband opened one eye and grunted)….. Anyway, a quick trip to the B&Q magic paint colour matching machine and I was good to go!

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As you can see, it perfectly sets off my waggy picture above the bed, and also provides a splendid backdrop for my painting of one of your previous models, Mr George Best. He sadly passed away in February and we miss him terribly but it still makes me smile from ear to ear when I see his “man bag” photo. Saving up for a Seagull picture now to finish the room off x”

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Some of you might remember Mr George Best as the winner of our photograph competition a few years ago, a handsome and dashing fella he was and no doubt sorely missed by Tracey. This is the winning photograph below.

George Best welsh terrier with man bag!

George Best welsh terrier with man bag!

Meet Poppy of Poppy Treffry!

So far we’ve introduced you to various members of the team here at Treffry towers but we thought as it’s our birthday celebrations at the moment that we should introduce you to the main man, the organ grinder, the boss lady; or Poppy as we also call her!! So we put a few questions together, made her a cup of coffee (she always works better with a coffee inside her, but just one mind!), and sat her down to answer them!

Poppy Treffry 2 2012

What’s the most memorable moment of the last 10 years running PT?

I think leaving my ‘proper’ job (I was working for the council as an Arts Officer) to go full time with the business was a pretty special moment. Literally days later I did my first London trade show and was booked up with orders for the next 6 months so it was the right thing to do!
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Tell us a fact about yourself that we may not know.
I broke my back when I was 17 in a car accident and missed all my A level exams (I did them later in my spare time whilst doing my Art Foundation!)
What do you get up to on a typical Sunday afternoon?
If it’s a good sunday then having friends round for roast dinner…..and Justin (my partner) cooks! A not so good sunday – friends round for roast and I cook!
Apart from sewing and designing, what are you favourite past times?
I love knitting and go to a knitting group every week. I always have a book on the go and have just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which I loved and am now reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett which is all set during a hostage situation in an unnamed South American country. I’m also mad for a bit of camping (in my van) and listening to the Archers and talking about the Archers and wondering what the Archers characters are up to…
What part of the world would you like to visit and why?
I love traveling and did a lot of travelling in my 20s, including living in Guatemala for 3 years. I’d love to take Justin and our daughter Biba back there for a big trip. I’d also love to go to Panama for their reverse applique textiles, mexico for all their quirky ‘Day of the Dead’ crafts and Peru for the knitwear.
Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!

Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!

You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island – what was the one possession you rescued before the boat sank?
This is a tricky one (don’t want to say smart phone – although it would be very sensible as I could call for rescue!) but I would try and save my sketch books
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Camping or Glamping (no van allowed!
Love them both (not that I’ve glamped much!) but I think old fashioned camping would have the edge. Preferably on Troytown campsite on the Isle of Scilly, preferably with close friends and family, a glass of wine and a sunset over the sea…
Favourite book?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  – because it is epic!
First ever ‘proper’ job?
Working as an Art Technician at the Winchester College in Hampshire  – the oldest school in England and posher than Eton – Prince William used to come and play water polo there!
Name the top two things on your bucket list.
Living in New York (though Justin did not rate my idea of a family sabbatical there!)
Going travelling with Biba….I have a hunch she’ll enjoy a chicken bus…..
Poppy Treffry in St Ives

Poppy in her St Ives shop!

So.. Thanks Poppy for answering our questions! If you’ve got questions you’d like to put to Poppy Treffry then keep them in mind and keep an eye on our facebook page as we plan to host a live Q and A session with Poppy soon, details to follow.

And join us in a rousing chorus of ‘Happy Birthday to us’!! (check out the picture below for a special birthday treat!)

20%-off-Poppy-Treffry

yay retro!

Hi folks

We recently had a lovely visitor to our shop who loved the way we displayed our handmade products amidst second hand treasures!

We later found out that her name was Sue and she has her own business selling retro & vintage china and she has some really unique pieces, that you’ll find hard not to purchase!

We’d like to introduce you to yay retro! with a little interview with Sue….

Figgjo Flint Daisy

How did yay retro! start?

I have collected vintage china for years, and then fell in love with Poole Pottery and began collecting their Streamline Twintone designed in the 1930s – 50s. After training as a fine artist at The Winchester School of Art, I went on to become a professional photographer, and am now part of our family run website design company. Putting all of these skills and interests together I started yay retro! in August 2012. I feel that my art and photography background plays a huge part in yay retro!s feel good factor – I want yay retro! to be a really happy online space, where people can pop in and browse through the photos of the lovely things I have for sale.

Staffordshire Pottery Cups and Saucers

Tell us a bit about what you do…

I spend time searching for the very best in 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s china. Often the tea sets and kitchenware I find are one offs, or rarely seen as a set, making them extra special and something to snap up whilst you can! I do all the leg work searching out fab vintage and retro china wherever I go, doing all the hard work, so my customers don’t have to! I am constantly looking for genuine vintage tea sets, cups, saucers, plates and dishes which are still in really good condition, and that can be used every day. I describe each item honestly, and in real detail – so important when buying pre-loved items. My retro and vintage china is always carefully checked over, hand washed and dried, before packing it extra safely. Ensuring it arrives in the same condition as it left yay retro!, ready for a new life in my customer’s home.

Orange Daisy Pyrex

Who does all the work?

It’s just me! Though my husband has become very adept at helping me search out fresh vintage stock too.  I get stock from anywhere and everywhere, I cannot walk past a charity shop, junk shop, street market, garage or car boot sale!

It was lovely to meet you in our shop in St. Ives and we hope you liked it too..

I loved your shop so much! Recently I have really got into illustration and graphic design, and so I spent a lot of time looking at Poppy’s hand drawn and sewn designs. I absolutely cannot sew, and so I was tremendously impressed with the embroidered drawings. I also loved the way vintage items were interspersed with Poppy’s new designs, a very clever idea. I was looking for a gift for my friend and you helped us to find something she would like. We bought some fine cotton tea towels and some egg cups as she had just started keeping chickens.

Elizabethan Pop Tea set

and finally Sue’s tip for you…

Buy the very best vintage quality pieces you can, from a trusted shop so that it will be in great condition – there’s nothing better than a cup of tea and a slice of cake using bright, happy retro china – it really lifts your spirits!
To see all of the lovely china Sue has for sale, just visit www.yayretro.co.uk

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