==== ====How To Use Vintagewww.myuniqueantiques.etsy.com==== ====Kitschy kitchens decorated with vintage kitchen-wares and furnishing from the colorful eras ofthe 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and beyond are captivating not only baby boomers who remembermany of these items sitting in grandmas kitchen but younger collectors as well. Whether youprefer the bold primary colors of the post war years, the softer cottage palettes of the mid to latefifties, or the earth tones of the seventies , there are plenty of affordable kitchen collectibles andtextiles to choose.Among bona fide kitchen and home décor enthusiasts, there are definite differences intheir collecting styles. A buyer may not only be drawn to shapes, color, or patterns of a certaintime period, but also may favor kitchen-wares, figurines, planters textiles, advertising, etc.associated with a loved one or cherished time in his or her life. For example, one collector beganaccumulating kitchen items after her grandma died. She collected kitchen-wares which remindedher of her grandmothers r red and yellow kitchen in Brooklyn, New York in the late 1940s andearly 1950sKitchen gadgets, appliances, ceramics, bowls, tins, canisters, textiles in colors of red, yellow,green or blue are by far the most popular colors sought after by collectors. Next you will find asmaller group of buyers, predominately found in areas closer to large metropolitan centers,seeking items in the mid-century colors of pink and turquoise. While the funkier colors of theatomic age just mentioned,attract a small but loyal group, this time period was also known for home accessoriesproduced in softer pastel colors, a palette very popular today among cottage style collectors.Last are the youngercollectors who become as sentimental over greens, rusts and browns of the seventies as I do overthe reds and yellows of the forties and fifties. If you are a collectibles dealer, Keep this in mind thenext time you pass up a drab green bowl at a flea market... the population that will adore that"muddy green bowl" are quickly becoming todays collectors.While the colorful eras attract attention, there dont seem to nearly as many people jumping onthe band wagon to buy orange and pink flowered kitchen canisters and other kitchen relics fromthe Hippie generation. Yes you will see these kitchen items on eBay and other on-line auctions,but they are not really popular in most shops and antique malls. If you are really into the"Shaggy Sixties" take a visit to thrift shops such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries,where you may have some luck bumping into a few of these "flower power" leftovers.As you can imagine, color is a big factor for kitchen collectors, but so is unusual style. Todaythere is a renewed interest in collectibles of the Art Deco period so keep your eyes open forappliances, accessories and furnishings that have characteristic deco design . Even papercollectibles such as recipe booklets with deco motif are of interest to collectors. While the pricier
pottery associated with the Arts & Crafts movement isnt generally thought of as a "kitchencollectible", styles from this time period are making their way into todays kitchen . There isindeed a new generation of " art inspired kitchen collectibles" for the collector with a big budget.But what about everyday kitchen collectibles, what is hot and what is not among the averagecollector? What I find most amazing in answering this question is how differently the answer isdepending on who you ask. If you do an on-line search about this topic you will find "popularity"defined by how often a particular collectible is either searched on the internet or sold on aspecific auction site . Cookie jars are one of those collectibles which is consistently listed as a topten kitchen collectible. Yet I have found that what is stated as "hot" on-line is not necessarily whatis selling in brick and mortar shops.Besides unique items, I also find that people like collectibles that they can use , which is whyPyrex sells so well. Pam Kaplan who owns Preservecottage.com said the pink "Gooseberry"pattern has been her best seller. I find that Pyrex in all colors does well. Vintage egg beaters androlling pins are also popular housewares because these older models work better than the newerproducts. Tin canister sets and bread boxes that are colorful. in excellent condition and pricedreasonably are always appreciated by kitchen collectors. On the other hand, if an object cantgo into the dishwasher or microwave or is to hard to care for it is going to be a slower mover.This is why sets of older dishes sit so long on the shelves of many shops.Renovation and salvage items (antique stoves, door knobs, architectural trim, windows) are very"in" right now as collectors and homeowners are mixing older looks with newer kitchens orcreating new twists on old themes such as "Cottage Style" or "Country Victorian". "CountryVictorian" also referred to as "Romantic Country" emphasizes the softer more feminineelements of the Victorian era and eliminates the heavy, darker components. I have seencustomers asking for Victorian wash bowl sets not for their vanity areas to sit on a wash standbut for their kitchens tables or counters to create romantic accents. The pitcher alone or sittingin the wash basin is often used for a fresh or dried floral arrangement.There has definitely been a trend to "re-purpose" collectibles and furnishings and to incorporatevintage style into contemporary homes. For example, a stylish painted Hoosier cabinet can addcharm to a kitchen with the addition of a computer monitor sitting on the pull out baking surface,not batter bowls. A collection of white ironstone pitchers artfully arranged can add just the righttouch to an urban chic kitchen condo. A 1940s bookcase painted white can be hung on thekitchen wall to hold your favorite collection. Are you catching on?So if I have to try to answer the question what are people buying, I would say they are investing initems that are functional and decorative. Although it wasnt easy, I divided my list of whats hotand what not into three categories, (1 ) Hot Kitchen Collectibles To Keep an Eye On (2) ClassicFavorites (3) Whats Not Hot in Kitchen Collectibles (anymore).Hot Kitchen Collectibles to Keep an Eye OnChippy painted kitchen cottage tables, chairs and cupboards, open wall shelvesArt Deco "everything"
Advertising tins (coffee, tea, spices).French and European enamelware, American enamelware with decorative flairVintage stoves and appliancesVery fine country items including Farm tables, crocks.Pastel pottery vases, ironstone, art pottery.China items including decorative platesFunky items i.e. Bowls with Polka DotsClassic FavoritesCookie Jars.PyrexFire KingBakeliteFiestaware, Py, Holt HowardTea pots, bowls, spice jars, range sets, salt & pepper shakers.Colorful linens i.e. tablecloths, dish towels, aprons. whimsical pot holdersBread boxes, canister sets, recipe boxes, match holders,Tools with red or green handles, rolling pins.Whats Not Hot in Kitchen Collectibles (Anymore)Picnic accessoriesThermal plastic beverage and ice cream cupsHammered aluminumPrimitivesGrey enamelwareColonial style housewares
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