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Things you rarely see these days.

Order yourself a latte, and a pastry (The virtual cinnamon buns are excellent today). And have a nice chat.

Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Suelle » January 16th, 2020, 8:10 am

I have 2 of the butter dishes in StokeySue's link. I think they were given away free with butter many years ago - probably Anchor, as I remember them doing various give-away promotions.

Wargarden - I assume you're in the USA. The larger population means more things which wouldn't appeal to everyone are available. It's a matter of the number of likely sales. Here shops very quickly discontinue a line if it doesn't sell. Additionally it's difficult for independent shops to survive, which means many specialist shops have gone from the high street - places where you would once have found butter knives etc.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 16th, 2020, 8:42 am

I used to have a pyrex glass one. (Probably still do.) Also had one of those Lakeland ones. I think no longer in used because just fancied a change, appearance wise. My current Le Creuset one replaced a Sainsbury's white one, the lid of which broke.

Yes many of our town centres have become clone towns, alas. Greedy landlords are making it hard for indies to survive, as well as cut prices from huge chains that can afford to buy things in great bulk.
I have ordered butter knives online, but these are one of the things I would rather buy in a shop to check that they are a good weight.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby StokeySue » January 16th, 2020, 9:16 am

The Tupperware thing is odd
I’ve seen it sold on the stands in shopping malls in the US and in South Africa, and apparently they exist in Eire too but it seems they aren’t really interested in selling the products in the UK

Tupperware Man has most products, but I believe he brings them in from Ireland, and it’s his initiative not theirs

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 16th, 2020, 12:50 pm

I have a white porcelein cow one, but don't use it because it takes up too much room in the fridge.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 16th, 2020, 12:53 pm

Ah having just seen your (very nice) glass one this needs explaining.

Like this:

https://www.trouva.com/products/la-porc ... PAQAvD_BwE
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Seatallan » January 16th, 2020, 1:44 pm

Our butter dish came from a local potter. I have quite a lot of stuff from the same range (Plover's Egg and lovely it is too :luv: ).
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 16th, 2020, 2:11 pm

Yes, but I don't usually get through it quickly enough to keep it out of the fridge (as I may have said on that thread :D ) One packet a month.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby suffolk » January 16th, 2020, 2:25 pm

But I don’t put a whole packet in the butter dish ... usually a quarter of a third. The rest stays wrapped in the fridge.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Gruney » January 19th, 2020, 1:23 pm

Butchers and chip shops wrapping things in newspaper.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 19th, 2020, 1:27 pm

That’ll be elf and safety Gruney. And it’s one I kind of agree with. I was brought up by a neat freak who made me scrub my hands if there was ever a hint of dirt on them. Ink was a no-no and although I am not in any way a neat freak myself I have a horror of newspaper print.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 19th, 2020, 1:52 pm

I don't like the food served directly off the newspaper but have no objection if there is a layer of greaseproof & clean paper with the newspaper as extra layers to keep the food warm on the way home (or to provide an extra layer to avoid leaks with butcher's meat), there is something comforting about the slight smell of warm ink :lol: .

Ha ha PP - I grew up in a shop which sold papers. My father's hands when he'd finished sorting them were really filthy - as were mine after my paper round! Even reading a paper in those days needed a good hand wash afterwards.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby aero280 » January 19th, 2020, 2:56 pm

There was a garage locally that was being rebranded for a new franchise. When the fascia was removed, there was a Green Shield Stamp poster stuck to the wall behind... :)
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Meganthemog » January 20th, 2020, 10:52 am

When my sister lived in the US she had the equivalent to Tupperware - called Rubber Maid - for some reason or other this always makes me smile :lol:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 20th, 2020, 11:38 am

Rubber Maid made me smile too... :D
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby dennispc » January 20th, 2020, 4:42 pm

Here's our butter dish, Apilco Elysian Fields. There was a lid, but neither of us can remember when it got broken.

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Salted butter, Waitrose Essential Range large pack. Sits in the kitchen cupboard, OH has some most days and never goes in the fridge. We keep unsalted in the fridge as we do so little baking.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 21st, 2020, 12:28 pm

Does anyone else still have a tea caddy spoon?
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby StokeySue » January 21st, 2020, 12:33 pm

I have four tea caddies, I keep batteries in them :lol:

They came free with Twining's tea, and my parents collected them. about 25 years ago.

Haven't seen a caddy spoon in years, except perhaps in a display of antique silver
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 21st, 2020, 12:41 pm

No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 21st, 2020, 12:42 pm

I think they are due a comeback! Michael Baggot has just tweeted a beautiful Arts and Crafts example.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 21st, 2020, 12:50 pm

I have my grandmother's rather nice silver caddy spoon and the blue plastic one with the words 'and one for the pot' in raised lettering on the bowl, which was in use at home from the earliest days I can remember, probably an example of fine early plastic nowadays :lol:.
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No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 21st, 2020, 1:12 pm

Lol!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profil ... el-baggott

He’s very good value on Twitter although he’s recently lost his mother which knocked him for six.
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No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby scullion » January 21st, 2020, 4:41 pm

I have one - a brass, Indian one I found in my mother's cutlery draw when we cleared. It was welcome as my partner has loose tea - and it's a fitting memorial of my mother.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Lokelani » January 21st, 2020, 5:30 pm

I don't think anyone has mentioned Goblin Teasmaid yet. Mum & Dad had one when I was little. I don't suppose anyone younger than 50 has ever even heard of them. Perhaps now everyone keeps their houses so warm the milk would go off!! :lol:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 21st, 2020, 6:58 pm

We inherited my grandmother's teasmade in the early 80s. I hated it, it woke us up every morning making horrible noises and it was a real pain remembering to bring milk etc to bed then having to wash things up and bring it all back upstairs. We gave it to MIL who enjoyed using it for years. Also, our loo was downstairs so one often needed to go down anyway, it was quite simple to just bring tea back to bed!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 23rd, 2020, 11:44 am

Here is my remaining tupperware collection ... I found a lot of it took up too much room, like the lettuce saver (fridge) and some of the double skinned insulated serving dishes when they weren't being used. That lettuce saver did work well though. I have lost track of the batter shaker and a few other things. A very good friend of mine has bought almost all the collection and still uses most of it ....
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Seatallan » January 23rd, 2020, 2:44 pm

The sound of a Teasmade coming to the boil takes me straight back to my childhood. My parents owned one until the day they died.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby aero280 » January 23rd, 2020, 3:31 pm

My parents had one. I know it's the whole point, but I hated the sound of the Teasmade alarm, even though it was in the next room. :o
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby aero280 » January 23rd, 2020, 4:20 pm

We had a similar topic to this on the car club forum. The top four were...

1. Petrol stations with an attendant to operate the pump.
2. Policemen on the beat.
3. Parking meters. Most have been replaced by a pay and display pillar.
4. Bus conductors.


There was one apocryphal item... German cars with indicators... :lol:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 23rd, 2020, 4:25 pm

When I was last on holiday in the Dales we went into a garage which was not self-service. It was in the National Park and they are apparently not allowed to have the awnings that self-serve filling stations do and therefore have to have attendants. It was great! The guy also told me that if you lived withn the park you weren't allowed to have a satellite dish either. This was about 5 years ago. BB will know if this is still the case.

We have the hobby bobbies on the beat in Harrow.
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Postby aero280 » January 23rd, 2020, 4:35 pm

Are they real policemen? Or Police Community Service Officers?
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Postby Pepper Pig » January 23rd, 2020, 4:46 pm

Hobby bobbies. PCSO. Although they hunt in pairs and one is occasionally a proper PC.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 23rd, 2020, 5:36 pm

I do sometimes wish that we had filling station attendants. My grandmother would sit there in best hat and gloves whilst the petrol was served and the oil and water checked by 'dear Reggie' who also prepared the car for her each morning. There is a garage in Cromer which still does that sort of thing for people who need a bit of help.

I was only thinking this morning how easy it is to start the car and drive off these days. I was following a lady in an older car and I think she had the choke out. All that business of getting the choke right so it didn't flood. I remember cold mornings when my father had to use the starting handle - and if all else failed remove the spark plugs and dry them over the hot plate on the cooker. We are so lucky!!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Busybee » January 23rd, 2020, 7:02 pm

PP as far as I am aware the ban on satellite dishes is still in place. When we moved back here there was a house we were interested in buying that was just inside the national park boundary, the fact that you can’t even paint the outside of your own home without permission or do any kind of alterations put us off.

We are outside the park, I know of one petrol station that still has an attendant, some elderly residents use it even though it’s slightly out of their way purely because someone assists filling up, checks the oil, kicks the tyres etc.

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