Turning the tables

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When Gail Rowlands visited our stall and went away with a rather sad looking wooden plant stand, we did wonder what would become of it – was it destined for fire wood perhaps?? We need not have been concerned – Gail has worked her magic and transformed the stand into the thing of beauty that you see here. It just shows us all what can be achieved with a little vision and a tin or two of paint!

Well done, Gail, what a wonderful up-cycling job you’ve done – you’ve breathed life back into something that was destined for a unused and unloved future and now has a second chance. You’re defiantly an inspiration to us here at Copper Jug.


Book ’em Danno!

Dan picture


A big thank you to Dan who visited our stall when we were in Faversham. Dan went away with a selection of vintage books. He very kindly sent us this picture of what he had done with them.

We were very impressed with his flare – such as stylish way to display them,  and make what could have been an uninteresting bookshelf positively stylish!

We will certainly be  borrowing Dan’s ideas ourselves.

Sew far, Sew good

machine on stAL

On our last visit to Greenwich Clocktower Market, we took with us this lovely 1930’s Skinner No.9 hand crank sewing machine. This was the first time we’d had a sewing machine for sale and wasn’t too sure how it would be received. As you can see the machine itself is a thing of beauty, with stylish gilding to the base plate, inlaid wood to the surround which matched the teak wood cover that it came with. It should also be said that it weighed a ton! Its never been so true to say that they don’t make them like this anymore!

However, we need not have had any concerns. This beautiful  machine didn’t even last past lunch time before it was secured by a visitor out with her family,  Suzi Helsan. Luckily Suzi had reinforcements with her and so hopefully the journey back to Woolwich wasn’t too painful.  Suzi very kindly sent us a picture of this lovely machine in its new home – As Suzi so eloquently put it when she emailed us “Pride of place in my hall – ready to be used'”

It really is so rewarding to see that such a lovely item, made with such marvellous craftsmanship is going to be given a new lease of life and a second chance to be useful.  Well done Suzi.

sewing machine

We’re just loving this!


As part of our homage to St. Valentines Day, on our stall at Greenwich Clocktower Market in February we had some rather lovely antique poetry books. We had all the old favourites Wordsworth, Longfellow and  the main man Mr Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know Lord Byron. One of our visitors was Johanna Paulson, Graphic Designer with Pea-nut Design Studio who are based in Greenwich. Johanna bought some of the books and will be using them in a display for a forthcoming Wedding Event on Saturday 5 March on the Cutty Sark that she is attending. Johanna kindly sent us a picture of how she will be using them – looks marvellous – you clever girl!

18th Feb

A Bear-y Happy Ending


Sometimes at Copper Jug we get attached to the items we are selling. We know that’s not business like or rational but there are times when our hearts rule our heads,  it just can’t be helped. One example of this is the story of Big & Little Ted.   Once upon a time there were two Steiff Bears called Big & Little Ted. They were bought together, a while ago now, and maybe they haven’t been out on the stall as much as they could have been and we admit that when they have been out with us, they were perhaps put at the back, maybe just out of sight and beyond the reach of visitors. However, this week, it was decided that maybe the time had come to find them a proper home, somewhere that would give them the love they deserved. So we moved them to the front of the stall well within sight of the visitors to Greenwich Clocktower Market. Various visitors looked at the bears and one couple were about to buy them and then decided they preferred a doll that was on another stall (a doll? really??)  Clearly they would not have been suitable owners, so a lucky escape there, we thought. The afternoon wore on and we were sure the cuddly duo would be coming home with us. Then, suddenly the crowds parted and from the throng of the busy market emerged a beautiful young woman. (OK, might be being a bit dramatic here, but that’s how we remember it) The beautiful young woman, who’s name we later learned was Nicola Jones, made straight for the bears. She immediately picked little Ted up. We started to explained that he was a Steiff bear, surprisingly,  not only was she already aware of this as she had a small collection of Steiff Bears herself, but she actually worked for the Steiff organisation and was therefore very familiar with the excellent quality the name stood for and his collectability. At that point we knew Nicola was perfect owner for our the cuddly duo. Discussions ensued and despite her young age, Nicola was a very shrewd negotiator and finally a deal was done. As we waved goodbye to Big & Little Ted, we asked Nicola if she could send us a picture of our two little pals in their new home.  She kindly agreed, and to be honest we did think that maybe she was just humouring us, but no – not in the least!  Nicola was as good as her word and sent us the picture below. As you can see Big & Little Ted are destined to live happily ever after.  The End.

Bears inroom

The Law’s the Law


We came across this wonderful copy of “Every Man’s Own Lawyer” by A. Barrister from the 1940’s. A good friend of Cooper Jug is Barry a Solicitor from Kent and so we knew there was only one place this great book was destined. Barry was most relived that is now out of circulation and means that his business can continue to thrive. As you can see the books looks most at home amongst Barry’s other publications.


Our New Cotton Shoppers


In October 2015, We were very pleased to receive our order of new cotton shoppers – ideal to pop into your pocket or bag. The perfect way to be environmentally friendly and save some money by avoiding the 5p bag charge that the major retailers are now required to make.

As you can see this couple how visited our stall at Greenwich Clocktower Market were pleased with their purchase. The bags are available for £1.50 each or are free with purchases over £20.

Our cotton shoppers were supplied by the everyreliable and helpful Tower Design and Print Limited.


Keep your hair on!

hair curler

One of our visitors in October went away with a pair of vintage hair/moustache curlers. The curlers had a wooden handle with the tongs made of iron. Originally, they would have been heated by putting them in an open fire or warmed up on a range. As you can understand, we were somewhat curious as to what our visitor, Sarah, planned to do with them and so we couldn’t resist asking.  We were very pleasantly surprised to hear that Sarah, is a Wig, Hair and Make-up Supervisor with a major London theatre and the tongs were going to be used for what they were originally made for! Sarah very kindly sent us this  picture of the tongs in action. A big thank you to Sarah as its so nice to see that they have been given a second lease of life. So not hair today and gone tomorrow after all!