Featured: Lulu Yesteryear Redeemed

If you look back at my Sponsor Welcome post you will see that I mentioned some giveaways and today I am happy to announce the first one for the month!

Irene from Lulu Yesteryear Redeemed is one of my friends from I heart Market and I always love to chat about the items on her table and as her name suggests she redeems items from yesteryear!   All who meet Irene will know that she is a warm and positive!  She loves blogging, taking creative photos, sharing her knowledge and learning from others.  Read more about her business, work and her own treasured items and don't forget to visit her blog for to find a little piece of your own.

You must find some wonderful and interesting pieces all the time - how do you pick what to keep and what to sell?
I do come across some wonderful pieces, but I keep very few of them as I have so many already.  This is the reason why I created my blog.  I can still enjoy finding pieces but other folks can now appreciate them.

Do you collect anything?
I do have a collection of brooches which I have been wearing since I was 20 years old. Instead of them being tucked away in my cupboard I display them on a lampshade in my lounge.  This way they can be admired by all when I am not wearing them!  I also have a small collection of tiny Scotty dogs which I have collected during the past year.

What are some tips for people who love vintage shopping and thrifting - what can they look out for on pieces like hallmarks, stamps or condition?
Firstly, I am always on the look out for items anywhere and everywhere.  You never know where you might find a treasure.  My priority is not the value of an item;  rather I look out for something with beauty, good design or with a history. I love how an item has aged over the years but it must be in a fairly good condition. The internet is an endless source of information for identifying trademarks or for dating items.

What is your top tip for running your own business?
My top tip is being passionate about what I do and sharing it with others. My age is an advantage as I am usually correct when guessing from which decade an item originates. I only started my blog fourteen months ago so I am experiencing a learning curve and I still have so much more to learn.

What are some of the most interesting pieces or items that you have found and did they have a special story?
I have had so many over the years. The three which come to mind are:

Firstly:  a little silver commemorative cup with 3 handles celebrating the opening of Durban’s second City Hall in April 1910 which means it is over a hundred years old!

Secondly:  three cylindrical brass ladle containers with long handles and labels indicating 2 pints, 1 pint and ½ pint.  I have been told that they were used for measuring milk in a dairy or when delivering milk by cart.

Thirdly:  my 1930’s Scotty dog brooch which has a moving head!

Thanks for sharing with us Irene!

Giveaway Time!
Pink and from yesteryear - two of my favourite things!  You can win this little Pyrex bowl and rose plate.  I would use it to store some of my favourite craft bits and pieces in...what about you?

Pop over to Lulu's Yesteryear Redeemed Facebook Group and like it.
Then leave me a comment - to tell me you have done so.

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Remember to mention which you have done in your comment.

Entries close:  Sunday 24 June
This is a local giveaway (South Africa)

Good luck and thanks to Irene for the sweet prize!

The winner of this giveaway is Wilna Cremer.  Winner chosen using Random.org
For some reason a couple of comments went via Blogger and not Disqus - not sure why.  I did enter those people who commented this way - even if your entries are not showing in the feed.  Thanks so much for entering!