Monday, April 1, 2013

(Ka)Why I Love Kitsch!

Wikipedia defines Kawaii as "the quality of cuteness in the context of Japanese culture... lovable, cute or adorable." And yet Merriam-Webster defines kitsch as "tacky or lowbrow".

How dare they??!!

Lowbrow? MoĆ­??

Alright, alright, I know kitsch can be tacky, but isn't it an appealing, charming kind of tacky? And does that really make one lowbrow?

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis, knows of my love/obsession with all things Hello Kitty. She's just so cute! And she has such good taste, marrying Dear Daniel! (Husband's name is Daniel.) Haha!

Part of Hello Kitty's appeal, for me, is how kitsch she is. And the appeal of kitsch, is wrapped up in my childhood memories. Kitsch is my grandma's house and summer vacations. It's 1940's bungalows with palm trees out front. It's Disneyland! (I don't think I've mentioned it before, but my family and I are total Disney freaks!)

1950's Lefton salt & pepper shakers
Available at Etsy here
Hello Kitty salt & pepper shakers today

In the 1940's and 50's, companies like Napco, Enesco, and Lefton, produced kitschy home items that began flooding the US market. Originally only worth a few dollars, these pieces have now become highly collectible, and can range from $40-$140.

Two Sundays ago, Husband and I were strolling downtown, and wandered into a local antique store. Happily searching through the aisles, I found a perfect head vase to sit atop my vanity! Some may not get the allure, but I adore vintage head vases. They so utterly represent the 1950's!

Lovely lady head vase!

Chalkware, spaghetti poodles, tv lamps; each piece is a snapshot of life in the 50's. And that's why I love each and every kitschy-kawaii one!

My first Miller Studio chalkware~ Poodles of course!!

Here are a few pics of my collection, and a few from my dream collection:

I love this little mouse lipstick holder!
Adorable Asian figurines!
Chalkware dancers in pearly pink!
found on Etsy
How cute is this salt & pepper set??
Available here.
I need for kitchen tea days!
Found here.


  1. Cute and practical. What more would you want?!

  2. Be still my kitsch loving heart, this post is so many degrees of darling awesomeness! There isn't a single piece here that I wouldn't gleefully welcome into my home, too. Fingers crossed that 2013 proves to be a fruitful year on the kitsch gathering front for both of us.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. I'm headed to Fort Bragg/Mendocino this weekend, and I'm all sorts of excited at the thought of what the shops there have in-store for me! It could be dangerous~ for my budget that is! ;)
      ~xoxo CoriLynn

  3. I am so seriously selfish, I almost didn't link the pink spaghetti poodle cup holder! HA! I want it so bad, and I know it's going to get snatched up before I can buy it! *sigh* This Italy trip is really putting a cramp in my shopping style! ;-)

  4. I hope you find your kitties soon! I paid $18.00 for mine but they don't have stoppers in them. I want the blue bird, too! ♥

    1. I've been holding off on buying certain things because of our vacation. But I've done my research and found the best vintage markets and shops in Rome, and I can't wait!! $18 is a great price!! Who needs stoppers?? ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn