Have you ever secretly yearned for a set of plates featuring Shetland ponies by moonlight? Or a country cottage cruet set? Or a limited edition Harry Potter commemorative corn plasters collection? Of course you have. If you didn't, there would have to be something VERY wrong with you.
Or so the Sunday Supplements would have you believe. The world of the Sunday Supplement special offer is a mysterious one – where snowglobes featuring the face of Kate Middleton reign supreme, and crying porcelain child clowns are this season’s must-have. These collections, waiting patiently in a warehouse in Slough to find their rightful owners, are usually called ‘Dream of Unicorns’ or ‘Childhood Memories’ and are the kind of thing that make antique dealers’ heads revolve 360 degrees with sheer rage.
Sunday Supplement ornaments might not be to the taste of the modern middle class, with their Scandinavian minimalism, but what do they know?
OK, so you may think these objects are created as limited edition collections of 500 because nobody actually wants them, but there’s no denying their enduring mass appeal. Whether it’s a pendant inscribed with a poem about Special Nans, or a Murano glass zebra, or a framed portrait of a wolf playing a saxophone, you can be sure someone called Betty has it on her wish list for her caravan.
Sunday Supplement ornaments might not be to the taste of the modern middle class, with their Scandinavian minimalism and their not-very-ironic Cath Kidston tea towels, but what do they know?
There’s something uniquely comforting about hideous knick-knacks. Before we all turned into a nation of amateur interior designers, this kind of stuff was what you had in the house, along with pot spaniels and Pierrot masks and souvenir wall mounted thermometers from Scarborough. One look at the latest royal-themed commemorative plate collection in the back of the Sunday Mirror, and you’re back at your grans, with two bars on the coal effect electric fire and the racing on the telly. It’s a warm embrace of familiarity - Britain at its most harmlessly tacky and nostalgic.
So what are you waiting for? Forget John Lewis and Ikea, or silly shabby chic online homewares shops. Grab your credit card, have a taste bypass and live a little. That figurine of a Victorian lady holding a basket of fruit is yours - and guess what? It’s only £599.99 plus postage and packing.
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