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UK Finds: I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside handmade and vintage goods

If the bustle of lobster-coloured Brits, screaming children and arcade games on the pier becomes too much, solace can be found down by the calm of the water’s edge.

Let’s take a stroll along Etsy’s promenade and visit the brash, brightly coloured and Butlins-esque nostalgia for the Great British seaside holiday, while also harking back to a time of greater innocence, when woollen swimsuits were all the rage.

All together now…


Setting the scene is really quite simple — take a beach, some sun if you’re really lucky, and a herd of flimsy, stripy chairs. Scatter with multi-coloured beach huts and a smattering of seagulls (cough). Just watch the little blighters don’t pinch your chips.

tricolor market shopper

By tuwhittuwhoo, $18.50.

The View 8 x 8 Print

By CassiaBeck, $25.

Photograph of Brighton West Pier

By OsbornMiles, $45.

Beach Huts Hand pulled Linocut

By littlebirdesigns, $45.

Life’s a beach too

By hodgepodgearts, $15.

Fun, a cheery seaside pier print.

By eyeshoot, $35.

Personalised Ceramic House Plaque

By firedart, $30.


By hedgehogcottage, $115.

Appliquéd Beach Hut Cushion

By TickettyBoo, $89.

Seaside NeedleBook

By PaperFish, $18.

Brighton Beach Chair

By gallantandjones, $170.

Brighton Pier Greeting Card

By robin101, $3.50.

Seagull print 8×10

By berkleyillustration, $18.

Brightness Follows…

By rebeccakey, $30.

SALE Painted Shoes

By ScholarlyArticles, $75.

Cobalt tribal, Sea glass Necklace

By beachSHACKproject, $113.

Optional — well okay, vital — extras include the fastest melting ice cream on the face of the earth and other bizarre foodstuffs that are, for the most part, only ever eaten in seaside towns (see jellied eels). Suitable bathing attire to protect your modesty is a must, as are sandcastle-building skills and a children’s puppet show highlighting the dangers of domestic violence. He’s behind you! No, really.

3D Ice Cream Necklace

By twobadbananas, $11.

Vintage 1920s WOOL Swim Suit

From myfavoritevintage, $280.

Sea Shells, Cockle Shells

By StrictlySouthernFolk, $7.

Day at the Beach

By karennieforth, $6.

Fish and chips

By woollyduck, $30.

Victorian PUNCH & JUDY Plate

From AntiqueTransferware, $75.

Vintage Art Print

From paperdealer, $3.50.


From KnitsandPics, $2.25.

Vintage Torquay Postcard

By hellodarlingvintage, $4.

One Piece Vintage Inspired Swimsuit

By ladramaqueen, $125.

Sandcastle Die Cuts

By ScrapbookingStuff, $2.25.

Vintage Crochet PATTERN

From mbmpatterns, $5.

Stick of Blackpool Rock

By britishcreamtea, $25.

Sunburnt Sally

By littleclouds, $15.50.

Vintage Yellow Bathing Suit

By CassiesAttic, $70.

Punch and Judy Puppets

By PuppetFiend, $150.

Tell us about your seaside holiday memories in the comments section below!

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  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor says:

    Wonderful picks, Amity!

    5 years ago

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe says:

    great theme!! yay for the british seaside :)

    5 years ago

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton says:

    Great article, Amity! Love the Punch & Judy item. Lots of nice things here :) Haven't been to the seaside in the traditional British sense for a long time, but fond memories of the 2p slot machines at the amusement arcades along the promenade, you know the machines that have an old plastic watch teetering on the edge of the shelf & the coins have to push it over (but never do because it's secretly stuck there for 10 years - hence being extremely untrendy). Thanks for getting that song stuck in my head by the way :P

    5 years ago

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK says:

    I loooove the 2p slot machines!

    5 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Love the beach! Cute picks!

    5 years ago

  • OneLittleHouse

    OneLittleHouse says:

    brilliant! and i love all your picks. xx

    5 years ago

  • boobiloo

    boobiloo says:

    Fab stuff! Want to go to beach now, shame about the weather!!!!!

    5 years ago

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns says:

    awesome seaside picks! i love the 2p machines too... i live by the sea so i save my 2p's for the slot machines

    5 years ago

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy says:

    Great pics:) I love the beach:) Great collection!

    5 years ago

  • thecyclingartist

    thecyclingartist says:

    yAY for seaside! Ice cream, rock, swimsuit... and rain! (because this is England after all) You know, on all my cycle journeys I've never seen a Punch & Judy show. Anyone know a particular seafront that has one?

    5 years ago

  • LilleyandSkinner

    LilleyandSkinner says:

    Some great picks. I think I shall go to the seaside this year!

    5 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Interesting. I love the sea.

    5 years ago

  • gringrimaceandsqueak

    gringrimaceandsqueak says:

    love the vintage inspired bathing suit :) cool picks, Amity!

    5 years ago

  • RosemaryManufacture

    RosemaryManufacture says:

    Stylish finds. Honestly, I hate crowded beaches with sunbathers. But I love a vintage touch of these finds :)

    5 years ago

  • hellodarlingvintage

    hellodarlingvintage says:

    But we must perform by the sea! Nice one, Amity, thank you for featuring our Torquay postcard. Loving the sea-inspired lightness of this post :)

    5 years ago

  • thebluekitteh

    thebluekitteh says:


    5 years ago

  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils says:

    I could use a good dose of seaside love right now.

    5 years ago

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion says:

    Perfect seaside selections!

    5 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    I'd love to be by the seaside. Wonderful picks!

    5 years ago

  • KyleighsPapercuts

    KyleighsPapercuts says:

    Ooooooh I am LOVING the stripy deckchair, I'm a sucker for anything with thick/thin stripes. And the one piece swimsuit is beautiful. Working in sunny sandy Bournemouth I can confirm deckchairs, lobster coloured ice-cream eating Brits will soon descend for a walk along the prom prom prom where the brass band play tiddly-oom pom-pom.

    5 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    One word comes to mind: charming! Funny, I've bought two of the items featured here, a long while back as gifts, and I had forgotten about them!

    5 years ago

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie says:

    I just love the red swimsuit with white polka-dots!!

    5 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    I have no seaside, but I do have 10,000 lakes (MN, USA) and this blog makes me excited for the summer! Love it.

    5 years ago

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch says:

    I could use a vacation, thanks for reminding me!

    5 years ago

  • meteor

    meteor says:

    I like to take a stroll on the beach...I also like that old time swimsuits...:)

    5 years ago

  • craftpile

    craftpile says:

    It would be a dream come true if I could live near the beach. Cute finds, Amity :)

    5 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Here, next to the fabulous South Devon coastline, we're actually experiencing a SUNNY Bank Holiday Monday... for probably the first time in living memory! LOL Although we have more rugged & less commercialised beaches here, we have at least our fair share of extra-pink tourists & more than enough traffic to make me doubly grateful I can walk to the beach, but I have to admit my stripy deck chair has to stay at home!

    5 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Oooh the wool swimsuit looks so comfy. :-) Great items. Can't wait for summer weather. But I lean toward the polkadot suit.

    5 years ago

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube says:

    i love the ocean. there is noting more calming and relaxing than sitting on the beach. i miss it so much.

    5 years ago

  • beaujangles

    beaujangles says:

    Reminds me of home !, i used to live in Brighton Sussex and spent many a day on the I live in Dubai where its 38 degrees today (in the shade !)

    5 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    Lovely items. I just returned from a two day trip to the Dutch seaside to celebrate my birthday. It didn't stop raining, but we still had e great time. I love the items, especially the Brighton Beach Chair.

    5 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    very nice!

    5 years ago

  • pouch

    pouch says:

    if you love 2p slot machines you should head to the west country this summer as weston-super-mare's brand new pier will be opening soon! such a shame the old one burnt down last year...but the new one looks good :) (I don't work for W-S-M tourist board by the way, I was born there and have lots of fond memories of the pier!)

    5 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    COOL! Love the sun and the sea. Great finds : )

    5 years ago

  • britishvintage

    britishvintage says:

    Great theme for a Bank Holiday!

    5 years ago

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice says:

    Makes me nostalgic for my seaside hometown, Southport. Great finds, Amity!

    5 years ago

  • boojewels

    boojewels says:

    Fabulous collection - makes it feel like summer is here. Coming from Blackpool, I actually like the seaside best in winter. But I do love a blustery coastal walk to blow the cobwebs out.

    5 years ago

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations says:

    Awesome!!! Such fun picks :)

    5 years ago

  • beachflowerdesigns

    beachflowerdesigns says:

    Lovely finds! Makes me want to vacation at the beach! :)

    5 years ago

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade says:

    now this is very interesting--i live by the seaside, but on the florida coast, and the seaside aesthetic is so different here. i've always loved the old-fashion boardwalk look, the parasol promenade and the genteel deck chair of the english seaside that is projected in this great collection. but in the u.s, or at least in florida, the whole beach culture is so boringly surf-y and sandy and beery. lots of lobster red beach bums and bleached out bicycles but no stripes, no rocks, no brass bands.

    5 years ago

  • AfricaAtelier

    AfricaAtelier says:

    I love the english sea side look, I used to live in Brighton which is heaven to take photos, great article!

    5 years ago

  • kerriescotts1982

    kerriescotts1982 says:

    Wish i lived by the seaside, fab pic's, gud finds!

    5 years ago

  • dailyportrait

    dailyportrait says:

    This is brilliant! I want to take a train and go to Scarborough or Whitby and o.d. on fish'n'chips and dandelion & burdock! :D

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Beautiful seaside finds!!

    5 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    My mother named me Nerrissa, with two R's. The name means "of the sea" and I was born a water sign, Pisces. She named me well, because I enjoy being surrounded by water.

    5 years ago

  • pomella

    pomella says:

    Fun collection - just like the British seaside.

    5 years ago

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee says:

    Beautiful! Love this collection! Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • meoneil

    meoneil says:

    Poetically pretty, I'd say!

    5 years ago

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed says:

    I love the seaside and am lucky enough to live nearby. this is a great article and love the choices.

    5 years ago

  • gmone86

    gmone86 says:

    Great finds amity such a good eye for detail!

    5 years ago

  • suzshan

    suzshan says:

    Most of our family vacations were at the beach (Jersey Shore, Delaware, Atlantic & Ocean Cities). Your post brought back many fond memories (like salt water taffy and skee ball on the boarwalk).

    5 years ago

  • Marleyart

    Marleyart says:

    Love your thoughts on the seaside. Growing up we didnt have much money but we always went to the seaside. I continue that tradition with my own family. Nothing like it: the sounds,smells and feel.

    5 years ago

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique says:

    Unbelievable collection! Would like to be by seaside now.

    5 years ago

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere says:


    5 years ago

  • indiepixie

    indiepixie says:

    I love this, I live in North East England right next to the sea...this made me want to go to Redcar/Seaton/Saltburn/Whitby and eat fish, chips and mushy peas...and buy a mister softie 99! Haha :)

    5 years ago

  • Kardemumma

    Kardemumma says:

    A girl from the land of lakes and midnight sun went to the English seaside for the first time summer 1973. What did she see. Just look above. Fantastic pics, fantastic memories

    5 years ago

  • tuwhittuwhoo

    tuwhittuwhoo says:

    Ah, yes I do need to get myself across the city to Portobello for a promenade, a poke of chips and a shot on the puggies. I think I could even keep my thermals on under that woolen bathing number... Thank you for including my beach bag Amity!

    5 years ago

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket says:

    those buttons are precious!

    5 years ago

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations says:

    This is so much fun! Nice bright and breesy selections :)

    5 years ago

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage says:

    Ah, I love those beachy buttons! Too amazing!

    5 years ago

  • DalenaVintage

    DalenaVintage says:

    I'll say yes to a seaside holiday anyday! The photo of the Cobalt tribal, Sea glass Necklace is absolutely stunning!

    5 years ago

  • DPKministat

    DPKministat says:

    Such nostalgic finds. Hi Amity!

    5 years ago

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay says:

    Ahhhh so nice to be finally enjoying some sunshine here in the UK! Great post!

    5 years ago

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry says:

    Great article!

    5 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Love the beach

    5 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:


    5 years ago

  • edart

    edart says:

    Hello sunshine ! Good theme.

    5 years ago

  • thesecrethermit

    thesecrethermit says:

    Great picks!!

    5 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I love the seaside in the summer, chips and ice cream yum yum!

    5 years ago

  • PoorRobin

    PoorRobin says:

    Great seaside list! :)

    5 years ago

  • fancygoodsorg

    fancygoodsorg says:

    check out my screen printed ice cream!

    5 years ago

  • ladramaqueen

    ladramaqueen says:

    Wonderful article!

    5 years ago

  • SweetLollipopShop

    SweetLollipopShop says:

    One of my favorites! Reminds me of being back home in the UK ... I don't get back to visit often and I love the treasures made by britishcreamtea!

    5 years ago

  • feesk

    feesk says:

    Love the Robin101 print!- Clean lines and a punch of yellow. Did I mention I love it?

    5 years ago

  • beadybirddotcom

    beadybirddotcom says:

    Great collection! I live at the seaside and wouldn't be anywhere else!

    5 years ago

  • gemheaven

    gemheaven says:

    I also live next to the Cornish coast and wouldn't/couldn't live anywhere else ~ great picks :}

    5 years ago

  • FabricNationUK

    FabricNationUK says:

    Can't beat the British Seaside!

    5 years ago

  • arcticcircles

    arcticcircles says:

    Nothing like sitting in your car with grandma in the front passenger seat on a British beach front in the driving horizontal rain eating an icecream and looking at the view through the wind screen wipers. Sigh.....

    5 years ago

  • LaCasaGialla

    LaCasaGialla says:

    Great video choice!

    5 years ago

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms says:

    The seaside my most favourite place on earth. Great feature! Off to Joss Bay in Kent this weekend - Yeah for the British seaside :-)

    5 years ago

  • rochepapierciseaux

    rochepapierciseaux says:

    I love the seaside, especially Blackpool! Very fun collection!

    5 years ago

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle says:

    Very British seaside scenes! The vintage polka dotted swimsuit, fish and chips Brighton beach chairs and the rest.I love it all! Thank you very much !:)

    5 years ago

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike says:

    Oh that makes me long for a day at the beach!

    5 years ago

  • nicolaluke

    nicolaluke says:

    these will get you in the beach mood xx

    5 years ago

  • eyeshoot

    eyeshoot says:

    Great collection of seasidery - thanks for featuring my Fun print!

    5 years ago

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset says:

    Whimsical beach and art items for every day fun thanks

    5 years ago