How dare they??!!
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??|
|I need for kitchen tea days!|