Why I Love Norcrest Mermaids (And You Will Too!)

Vintage Norcrest Mermaids
Vintage Norcrest Mermaids

The Story Behind the Mermaids

There’s something special about Norcrest mermaids that sets them apart in the world of collectibles. I adore them for their craftsmanship, their adorable charm, and that vintage allure that’s simply irresistible. These ceramic treasures from the 1950s are more than just decorations; they’re tiny masterpieces capturing the whimsical beauty of mermaids. Let’s dive into why I’m obsessed with Norcrest mermaids, and why I think you’ll fall in love with them as well!

Norcrest Mermaid Lipstick Holder

The history of Norcrest mermaids is just as fascinating as the figures themselves. It all began with Hide Naito, a Japanese immigrant who founded a gift shop in Portland, Oregon, way back in 1921. Over time, that little shop grew into a huge wholesale operation. After World War II, Hide and his son Sam made a bold move: they shifted their focus to “Made in Japan” gifts, and that’s when Norcrest China Company was born (in 1958).

Norcrest quickly became a hit, known for its high-quality ceramics. Their mermaids, with their iconic designs, were stars of the collection, gracing bathrooms and powder rooms across America. Alongside these charming mermaids, Norcrest’s whimsical bluebird series and head vases were also beloved. I love that Norcrest became a household name – there’s something so special about owning a piece of that nostalgic history.

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Apple Vision Pro: Work Smarter, Have More Fun

Apple Vision Pro
Using my Apple Vision Pro for productivity

Discover a revolutionary approach to small business tasks with the Apple Vision Pro. This game-changing device turns work into an exciting adventure!

From the serenity of the park to the hustle of my antique booth, the Vision Pro is my perfect productivity partner. Imagine effortlessly tackling spreadsheets surrounded by nature (watch my video), or using Google Lens in a flash to price antiques. My blog writing has even become more inspired!

The Vision Pro infuses fun into every workday task. It’s a testament to the power of technology to make our work lives better. If you’re ready to streamline your small business and experience true joy in productivity, the Vision Pro is your answer.

Want to see the Apple Vision Pro in action? Check out my video to see how it transforms my workday.


Using Apple Vision Pro: What It’s Really Like!

A journey into the unknown can be thrilling, and my first experience with the Apple Vision Pro was nothing short of a technological revelation. As someone who has always been intrigued by the potential of AR and VR but never took the leap, the launch of Apple’s latest innovation was the catalyst I needed to explore the boundless possibilities of virtual reality. The Vision Pro is the ultimate ‘spatial computer’ that’s revolutionizing the way we interact with technology!

Harnessing a powerful blend of visual, audio, speech, and touch inputs, the Vision Pro doesn’t just break the boundaries—it completely redefines them. This blog post dives into my initial reactions of actually using the Vision Pro and what it’s really like, the intuitive nature of the Vision Pro, and how it has reshaped my understanding of future tech.

Unboxing the Future: Apple Vision Pro Unveiled

The moment I unboxed the Apple Vision Pro, I knew I was stepping into a new era of digital interaction. For someone without any prior VR headset experience, I was amazed at how user-friendly and straightforward the setup was. Apple has truly outdone itself, creating an interface that feels like second nature. It’s not just a product; it’s a portal to experiences yet imagined, making the Vision Pro a game-changer for both VR enthusiasts and newcomers alike. You can watch my unboxing video here.

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Glamour & Gadgets with Yasmina Greco

Hey, fabulous readers and tech enthusiasts! Get ready to dive into a world where laughter and learning collide in the most delightful way possible. I’m thrilled to announce that my blog is taking a whimsical leap into the wonders of the digital universe, and you’re invited to join me on this vibrant journey for Glamour & Gadgets with Yasmina Greco.

Imagine unboxing the latest gadgets but with a twist of retro charm that only I can bring. Picture yourself discovering how these tech toys can not only dazzle your senses but also skyrocket your productivity, all through my unique lens. Yes, it’s happening! From the charm of vintage vibes to the cutting-edge forefront of technology, we’re about to embark on a playful exploration that promises to both entertain and enlighten.

But that’s not all! While we gear up to embrace the future, we’re not leaving behind the treasures of the past. My passion for antiques, collectibles, and the timeless allure of pin-up will continue to grace our space. And let’s not forget the world of modeling, where I’ll share insights, experiences, and perhaps a secret or two from behind the scenes. These loves of mine will remain a vibrant part of our journey together, adding layers of depth and color to our adventure.

To bring this vision to life, I’m excited to share that our escapades will not be limited to just blog posts. Oh no, we’re taking things to the next level! I’m inviting you to subscribe to my YouTube channel – Yasmina Greco, where we’ll regularly release content showcasing how we can harness the power of technology to enhance our lives, boost our productivity, and maybe cause a little mischief along the way.

Why Subscribe? Because you won’t want to miss a moment of the fun! From hands-on micro tutorials with the latest gadgets to deep dives into how technology can truly make our lives better (and more stylish!), our YouTube channel will be buzzing with energy, creativity, and, of course, a healthy dose of humor.

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Subscribe to Yasmina Greco, stay fabulous, and let’s revolutionize the way we look at technology, together.


Vintage Valentine’s Day Fashions and Collectibles from 1950s

Ah, the 1950s—a time of innocence and romance. The post-war prosperity of the 50s ushered in a new era of optimism and joy. What better way to celebrate this newfound sense of freedom than with vintage Valentine fashion and ceramic collectibles from the 1950s? Let’s take a look at some of the unique items that were popular during this heyday of style.

Valentine Fashion from the 1950s

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Norcrest Blue Cat: Ultimate Collector’s Guide & Tips

Norcrest Blue Cat Complete Collection
Norcrest Blue Cat Complete Collection

Hello, Fellow Collectors!

I have some incredibly exciting news to share with all of you! After years of diligent searching and countless adventures, I’ve finally added the elusive Norcrest Blue Cat Cookie Jar to my collection! This rare gem is one of the most sought-after pieces in the Norcrest Blue Cat set, and its addition marks a significant milestone in my journey as a collector.

The Journey to Completing the Norcrest Blue Cat Collection

Collecting the Norcrest Blue Cat set is not just a hobby; it’s an adventure filled with history, art, and a sense of community. Manufactured in Japan in the 1950s and 1960s by the PY/Miyao company, these adorable ceramic pieces are a treasure trove for any collector. Each piece, numbered on the bottom with a “CT” and sometimes still featuring their original Norcrest foil label, tells a story of a bygone era of craftsmanship and whimsy.

Norcrest Blue Cat Wall Plaque CT-11
Norcrest Blue Cat Wall Plaque CT-11

I did a post a couple of years ago about the Norcrest Blue Cat set you can read here

The Norcrest Blue Cat set consists of these 12 pieces:

  • Teapot – CT-1
  • Oil and Vinegar – CT-2
  • Jam Jar – CT-3
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers – CT-4
  • Sugar Jar – CT-5
  • Milk pitcher CT-6
  • Butter Dish – CT-7
  • Creamer/pitcher – CT-8
  • Cat Bowl – CT-9
  • Cookie Jar CT-10
  • Wall Plaque – CT-11
  • Teabag Holder – CT-12
  • Egg Cup – unmarked, no CT number
  • Tea Cup – mystery item?

Tips for Aspiring Collectors:

  1. Where to Look: Start your search on eBay, Etsy, Mercari, and specialized Facebook collector groups. These platforms are treasure troves for finding pieces like the blue cat wall plaque, creamer, and sugar/jam jar.
  2. Be Persistent: The key to success is persistence. Check these sites daily for new listings, as rare items don’t come up often but are definitely worth the wait.
  3. Stay Alert: Set up notifications on eBay and other platforms to be immediately informed when new items are listed. This proactive approach is how I finally snagged my cookie jar!
  4. Inspect Carefully: When you find a piece, inspect it for any damage, especially in areas like the ears, tail, and necks of the cruet toppers. Remember, condition is key!
  5. Keywords are Key: Use specific search terms like “PY”, “Miyao”, “Big Eyes”, “Japan”, “Anthropomorphic”, “Kitsch”, and “Kitschy Cute” to narrow down your search.
  6. Connect with the Community: Join online forums and social media groups dedicated to ceramic collectors. Here, you can share tips, find leads, and maybe even make a few trades.
Norcrest Blue Cat Tea Bag Holder CT-12
Norcrest Blue Cat Tea Bag Holder CT-12

The Thrill of the Hunt

The thrill of adding a new piece to your collection is incomparable. For me, the moment I added the Norcrest Blue Cat Cookie Jar, it was a feeling of triumph and joy. Each piece in this collection, from the teapot (CT-1) to the mysterious, rumored tea cup (CT-13), holds its own charm and story.

Final Thoughts

Collecting these pieces is more than just acquiring objects; it’s about connecting with history, art, and a community of passionate collectors. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting, the Norcrest Blue Cat set offers a delightful and rewarding experience.

So, let’s keep the hunt alive! Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next lucky collector to find that rare piece that completes your collection. Happy collecting, everyone!

If you’re passionate about starting or expanding your Norcrest Blue Cat collection, don’t miss out on visiting my Etsy shop. I’ve carefully curated a selection of charming duplicates from this enchanting series, perfect for both new and seasoned collectors. Dive into the world of Norcrest Blue Cats and find your next treasure with us!

Stay Excited, Stay Collecting!