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These knick-knacks will bring sighs of nostalgic pleasure

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An online emporium of quirky paraphernalia

February 22 2011
Charlotte Abrahams

H is for home is an online emporium of retro ephemera and, as with all such stores, shopping here is a somewhat serendipitous affair dependent on individual tastes, but anyone with a penchant for nostalgic knick-knacks from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s is sure to find something tempting. For example, I spent half an hour clicking through the 10 wittily named departments (Glad Rags, Wash & Brush Up, Duvet Days, etc) and there, nestling between rather too much crochet, were the following gems.

A seriously covetable 1960s stainless-steel tea set by Robert Welch for Old Hall (first picture, £250); a classic Denby coffee pot from the 1950s (£22); a mint-condition shaving set in a zip-up leather case (second picture, £35); a very cool, and fully functioning, electric wall clock (third picture, £35); a jolly pink spotted tie by Pierre Cardin (£10); and a Thermos flask to bring back memories for anyone who spent some of the 1970s picnicking (from £6). It’s frequently fun and often quirky, unusual paraphernalia.