For awhile now I’ve been toying with the idea of writing about some of my collections. Collecting is a big hobby of mine and I find a lot of joy in it – if you follow me over on Instagram you’ll probably already be quite familiar with some of the things I covet and hoard because I’m forever posting photos. But for some reason I’ve remained relatively quiet about them on my blog. I guess I didn’t think many people would be interested but as this is such a big passion of mine I thought it would be fun to write about (and photograph!) And when it’s all said and done this is my little space on the internet, I really have to stay true to myself!
So today I’m going to give you a little glimpse in to my Kitsch, Kawaii and Retro collections. I can’t show you everything as I’d be here all day! But I’ll show you some of my favourite pieces and explain why I love them so!
It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged- almost two months I think (I won’t bore you with the details just yet.) But today I thought I’d write a review of an amazing little shop I have recently discovered. This shop is Retro Kids and if you’d like to have a browse you can do so here
A little bit of background. Retro Kids does what it says on the tin. It caters to kids (big and small) who have a taste for retro toys, gifts and homewares. I am a big fan of anything vintage-inspired and I absolutely love independent little shops. This one is a small family business and as I’ve explained in previous posts, I really think it’s important to shop small and support local.
I first discovered Retro Kids as I was searching for Sonny Angels online. If you’ve never heard of Sonny Angels, they are little collectable figurines – hailing from Japan. A modern take on the traditional Kewpie doll, these little guys feature fun headgear such as vegetables, fruit, animal and so on. There are lots of different series to collect and they come in blind boxes meaning whatever you pick will be a surprise – something which I find seriously addicting! Anyway, I stumbled across Retro Kids because they sell these little Sonny Angels at the best price I could find on the internet.
Priced at £5.95 per box, these little cuties are a serious bargain! I’ve since shopped with R.K on multiple occasions and have had a fantastic experience each time so thought it was worth shouting about!
On this particular experience I ordered four Sonny Angels. Two from the vegetable series and two from animal series version one. I opted for next day delivery and it arrived promptly on time. The packages were all wrapped up in the most gorgeous retro-inspired striped paper bags and came with a free little bag of sweets and a thoughtful handwritten note. For me this really differentiates the service you receive from indie shops to the big boys. Everything felt very personal, thought out and it was like receiving a gift from a friend which I adored- the small things can really make such a big difference to the whole shopping experience.
So I’m sure you must be wondering – what did I get?!
This was a very lucky set ! from the vegetable series I got the little cabbage and the sweet potato, and from the animal series I got the elephant and lion. As you can imagine I was incredibly happy with my little haul!
Retro Kids isn’t just great for Sonny Angels however. It has so many wonderful toys and collectables that are perfect for your children or, if like me you’re an overgrown child – yourself! Below I’ve taken some of my favourite picks from the website. Beware, you may just want to buy everything.
Please note, I have not been paid or gifted to write this post, I have done so of my own accord because I have had a great experience and want to support this shop. Where this is not the case I will always express so within the post. If you would like me to review your shop you can get in touch at email@example.com