We can all use some sweet love these days and I am really excited to share with you our new Valentine’s Day sweet heart designs. My favorite is the bluebird or lovebirds as they are reminiscent of a 1950s vintage valentine card and has the words “Be My Tweet Heart” that is perfect for the vintage collector or Pinup Girl. We also have our pretty lady with her “Love Letters” and she has her cute little puppy dog (my Luna) sitting next to her with a stamp so she can mail that letter to her love. Our Love Letters tee is available in pink or white and our Be My Tweet Heart tee comes in candy pink. We remain size inclusive and our designs are available in Small-4XL and ready to ship, just in time for Valentine’s Day!!
Pinup Girl Clothing has outdone themselves again with this beautiful Pinup Couture dress called the Swan Dress in mustard floral. The style reminds me of a glamorous 60s silhouette with the bishop sleeves and peasant top and this one is so good!!
The fabric on this dress is incredible; nice weight stretch crepe and it does not wrinkle!! The bodice is cut close to the body and the A line skirt is incredibly figure flattering for all body types. Being on the curvy side I am wearing my standard 2X size from Pinup Girl Clothing and the dress hugs me in all the right places. The peasant top accommodates a larger bust beautifully. You can wear the dress on the shoulder or off the shoulder very easily and it never feels like it will slip down. The dress is very well made and you cannot only see how high the quality is but when you wear it you can see how it fits every curve perfectly.
Hello again my friends, I hope you all had a marvelous Christmas and that Santa was good to you all!! As I put the finishing touches on post number six, the final post of our Vintage Christmas Collecting series, it’s New Year’s Eve as I sit at my desk surrounded by my vintage treasures (vintage Santa’s, snowmen, shopper girls, bottle brush trees and my vintage candy cane holders) and want to thank you all for your lovely comments and questions along the way of the collecting series. I have truly enjoyed putting the series together and hope you’ve benefited from some of my tips and enjoyed seeing pictures of my collections. I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2021 is good to us all!!
I collect vintage Christmas all year round. As you know from my previous posts, I am obsessed with vintage Christmas items and the hunt is really part of the fun. As our digital worlds keep moving forward, it actually makes searching for vintage Christmas items a little easier and simpler as we have access to wonderful resources that are available 24/7 and 365 days a year and spans the entire globe!![Read more…]
It’s the loveliest time of the year, and I am not talking about the holidays but about sweater weather. I love soft and cozy sweaters and look forward to this time of year when there is a chill in the air and the Christmas season is just around the corner. Today I am sharing my baby blue sweater from Revolve by Majorelle.
Holiday wishes and mistletoe kisses, Merry Christmas everyone!! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. It’s Christmas time once again!!
I can’t believe the weeks have flown by; I tell my hubby Gary that ever since Thanksgiving it has all been a blur to me and it’s gone by so fast. So I really can’t believe that this is post five in our six-part Vintage Christmas Collecting Series and, I think one of my favorite posts because not only are we talking about the key elements of a mid-century modern Christmas but also sharing holiday fashions from the 1950s-1960s with me as your festive model.
Retro Aluminum Christmas Trees:
You really can’t have a mid-mod Christmas without an aluminum tree. These are artificial trees that were made in the late 1950s to the mid 1960s and came in a variety of sizes with aluminum branches and needles. Some trees even have pom poms on the ends of their branches like my darling little aluminum tree in these photos. True vintage aluminum trees from the 50s-60s are a very hot collectible (and seem to be getting hotter every year) so prices are up there and you can pick up a vintage aluminum tree run from around $175 to over a thousand dollars, especially if they are colored aluminum like teal or green trees. There are companies today making reproduction aluminum trees in multi colors as well as kitschy pink trees at reasonable prices if a true vintage tree is out of reach.
Vintage Color Wheels:
Retro aluminum trees are lighted up by a color wheel. I have one sitting on the floor right behind me in the above photo. The color wheel turns and shines colored light onto the tree and it really is lovely with the way the colors reflect off of the tinsel branches. You can find true vintage color wheels at antique shops and on Etsy and eBay for around $50-$300 with their original boxes and in working condition. Sometimes the cords/plugs need to be rewired for today’s standards so proceed with caution when you plugin a true vintage color wheel.
Vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments:
Now that our Mid-Century Modern Christmas tree is up and has lights, we need to decorate it. Ornaments made by Shiny Brite are my personal favorite and were made in the 40s-60s by ornament maker Max Eckardt who also started the Shiny Brite company in the late 1930s. Shiny Brite ornaments are a little different than the glass ornaments made during this time frame in that they are made of glass that has a special coating of silver nitrate and that makes them stay shiny much longer than the other ornaments from the era. True vintage Shiny Brite ornaments can have stenciling with Christmas scenes and words, the ornaments are usually brightly colored and can have sparkly mica flakes for embellishment and, they have a gold topper (can darker over the years) that is stamped “Shiny Brite Made in USA”.
Shiny Brite ornaments were made in a variety of sizes and box designs. Today, many vintage enthusiasts collect the boxes as the shapes and graphics make for wonderful additions to holiday decor and displays and add a sense of nostalgia. You can find vintage Shiny Brite ornaments in antique shops and online, an original box full ornaments in great condition can cost approx. $100 but you can find these ornaments regularly, especially during the holidays and right after (antique shops tend to have amazing bargain sales right after Christmas) and it is a great time to buy them. Single ornaments can cost $10-$25 depending on the decoration. Store your Shiny Brites with care as they are still made of glass and not shatter proof.
Mid-Century Modern Fashions:
Novelty prints were incredibly popular in the 1950s-1960s and nothing screams Mid-Mod Christmas more than holiday novelty prints on dresses, tops and skirts. I adore fashions from the 50s-60s, the Pinup Girl era because they are incredibly flattering, especially on a curvy girl. I love how they nip in your waist and have full circle skirts. You can add a petticoat for additional fluffiness. The outfits I am wearing in these photographs are not true vintage but reproductions as today we are fortunate to have a handful of companies making these styles from true vintage patterns and they are size inclusive (not tiny sizes like like they were in the era) The harlequin diamond pattern (pictures above) was widely seen on clothing in the 50s-60s and I absolutely love my red and green harlequin top and matching circle skirt.
Also, the fun holiday prints on these dresses features in this post are so colorful and I just love getting dolled up in them.
This novelty print ornament skirt is one of absolute favorites!! I adore the bright emerald green color and how all the ornaments are done in jeweled tones. My top is a very bombshell style from the 1950s and pairs perfectly with this skirt for one fabulous holiday outfit.
Here’s a fun party dress that is very on point with the Pinup look. It is my denim blue dress with metallic flourishes, three quarter sleeves and a skirt that makes me want to twirl and twirl. I love the feminine details of the dress with the dainty and slim neckline and nipped wait.
As I mentioned, there are a few companies making these reproduction outfits in a wide range of sizes along with shoes and accessories so let me know if you’d be interested in a post and, you can pop over to my Instagram @crazy4me and see many more outfits of mine and how I style them.
Mid-Century Modern Television
As we wrap up our post, we need a Christmas movie to watch on our Philco Predicta Television set.
The Philco Predicta television is a dynamite looking mid-century marvel that was produced for a short time from 1958-1960 and boy-oh boy were we excited when we wandered into a local antique mall and bam, there it stood, and in working condition too. Our Philco swivel-screen consolette is just amazing and it sits right in our living room. The Predicta originally came in five colors and ours is the vermillion red color and it is complete with a shelf and brass legs. I really love the style of the Predicta as there is really nothing like it today. The picture quality is exactly what you might expect from a late 1950s television but the fact that it is still working is incredible. During the holidays we really enjoy turning it on and watching Christmas movies from yesteryear and it fills us with plenty of good cheer. There are a few folks around the country that actually do restoration work on these tvs and can get them back up and running for you so do an internet search to locate them. Restored working models can run $1,200+.
Upcoming Vintage Christmas Collecting Series:
- Collecting vintage NOEL Christmas candleholders, figurines, and bells – November 27, 2020
- Vintage Holt-Howard Christmas collectibles
- Pretty Ladies – Vintage Christmas Head Vases and Planters
- Collecting vintage Christmas angels
- Have yourself a Mid-Mod Christmas
- Collecting vintage Christmas year-round – January 2, 2021
Join our Vintage Kitschy Christmas Facebook Group and show off your favorite vintage Christmas collections, displays, thrifting and junking scores.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
Christmas is just one week away!! I don’t know where the month has gone but in one week it will be Christmas. I hope you have been following my Vintage Christmas Collecting Series where I have been sharing my collections and providing tips on collecting vintage Christmas items and I would love to hear from you so please send me an email or reach out to me on social media @crazy4me or @spicyatomicprincess and let me know.
Today’s blog post is for week four in our Vintage Christmas Collecting Series and today it is all about collecting vintage Christmas angels as Christmas and angels really go hand-in-hand. The majority of vintage angels in my collection date to the 1950s and were made in Japan by Napco, Norcrest, Ucago, Holt-Howard and Lefton when mid-century modern and kitsch were all the rage. Some angels have no markings and some are marked Japan or have a paper label that says Japan. Vintage Christmas angels have a lot of the similar spaghetti trim detailing with sponged gold accents like the Christmas decorations made during the era. Some angels are in the form of bells, Noel sets, salt and pepper shakers, and others are figurines. So far, in all my years of collecting, I have only ever come across only a couple of brunette angels and all the others have been blondes so, the brunette haired ones are the rarer ones.
Here is a super darling trio of baby angel boys made by Lefton and they each hold a holiday element like a present, candy cane and stocking and a wreath.
This brunette beauty is made by Napco and she has her eyes lowered, holds a lovely Christmas greetings wreath and presents. This angel is quite fancy with so much spaghetti trim on her robe that has the lovely gold sponged details and her wings are one of the most ornate pair I have seen on an angel as they are highly detailed and so very intricate.[Read more…]