There aren’t many kitchen collectibles from the 1950s and 1960s that excite me as much as Pixieware does. From the jam ‘n jelly jars with their little tongues licking the sweet jelly residue from their lips, to the instant coffee pixie jar, relish pixie jar, or the jolly girl set, manufacturers like Holt-Howard, Davar, Lefton, Lipper & Mann, Norcrest, Napco and Menschik Goldman to name a few, displayed creativity at its finest and what thinking outside the box is supposed to be when it comes to dreaming up the colorful creations of the era. Pixieware has been a hot collectible and the enthusiasm continues till this day!!
The Pyrex t-shirt says it all “Searching for Treasure”, because that is what flea markets, estate sales, junking, thrifting, picking and antiquing are all about!! Tee features exclusive one-of-a-kind artwork that is screen printed onto a super soft and comfortable t-shirt. Art includes vintage Pyrex starburst, snowflake, and Catherineholm Lotus, Lefton and Topline Imports Bluebirds, and the beloved Holt Howard Pixieware jars with the tagline Searching for Treasure.
Makes a great gift for the Pyrex and kitsch collector!!
Over the holiday weekend we decided to take a drive out to Sacramento, CA. When I researched Sacramento I found ‘Midway Antique Mall’ which is a multi-dealer mall and specializes in Eames Era and 1950s merchandise and collectibles. Also, there is ‘57th Street Antiques Row’ which is multiple shops and malls on 57th Street in Sacramento. So, there was sure to be plenty of looking and shopping to keep us busy.
The drive was over 2 hours and traffic was heavy. When we approached Sacramento the sky had a brown tint and the smell of smoke was thick, there was a fire burning somewhere and by the looks of the sky and the smell, it was a big fire. It was a hot day too, by the time we arrived it was over 95 degrees!
We pulled up into the parking of Midway Antique Mall and there were lots of cars. We walked through the front door and were transported directly to 1960! OUTSTANDING! The first 4,000 sqft or so of this mall is all 1950s and 1960s rooms ranging from multiple setup rooms of living and dining rooms, a dentist office, bedroom and kitchens. Check out these amazing pictures that my husband took.
This mall is clean and well lit. Lots and lots of glass cases and booths that have vintage cameras, kitchen items, paintings, clocks, books, stamps, Holt Howard items and pixieware, vintage clothing and dressing rooms to try on the items, and lots of 1950s and 1960s poodles along with lovely linens.
The staff at this mall are so friendly and knowledgeable and a dealer named Kevin helped us the entire 3 hours we were there. As we were up at the register, Mark, the owner was ringing us up and packing our items with great care and he was so nice and friendly and told us stories about his 2 Yorkie dogs and how photo shoots take place in his mall and lots of magazine and TV shows have photographed and filmed at the mall because of all the neat and fabulous rooms and items. It has been a very, very, long time since I was in an antique mall and had such a blast! Even if we hadn’t bought a few boxes of items to take back to town with us, the shear experience of walking around the mall and seeing all the 1950s and 1960s rooms that were setup was such a thrill!! We will certainly be back!!
I wore my fun 1950s turquoise blue tiki Pinup dress and thought I fit right into this dynamite destination with all the chrome dinette sets and fabulous mid-century dinnerware.
My sweet husband Gary took these outstanding pictures and captured such a fun day for us.
I was on one of the well-known online charity auction websites recently and won this vintage 1958 Holt Howard Noel Elf Girls Pixieware Candle Holder set and I was sooooo thrilled! I was the high bidder and let me say that it was not an inexpensive win. This set is very rare and so fragile and I have won items in the past from this charity auction website that when arrived were not quite as described and had lots more damage and I vowed not to shop on the site anymore but, a few months later and bam – I got sucked into another auction. The little faces on these girls were simply irresistible; they have big eyes and long eyelashes. So I paid the fee and shipping too was so high on these girls but they were going to be for my private collection so no worries. Well, they were shipped quickly and arrived quickly and as I was unpacking them I could already tell they were not securely packaged so as I was un wrapping the girls the majority were wrapped in paper towels (I am serious and not joking that they were actually wrapped in paper towels) the “N” survived, the “O” survived, the “E” survived and the final one I unwrapped the “L” had her little head broken off….. I was sooooooooo heart broken! My husband looked at me and shook his head, he felt bad for me and when he found out how much I paid agreed with me to never ever ever buy from that charity auction website again.
Many of you already know that we are eBay Power Sellers and sell on many online places and we specialize in vintage and antique collectibles and hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to our items, item descriptions, item packaging and customer service and immediately handle fairly any customer issues that might arise as we do the right thing, but, I have sent emails and left messages for this charity auction website and no one is even getting back to me. One of the main differences of shopping online vs. buying in person is that you can see the item first hand, touch it and hold it and look it over really well to make a decision if you want to purchase it or not and when buying online it is super important for sellers to be honest about the items, the item description and to make sure the item arrives safely to the buyer but, it appears not all online sellers hold themselves to our standards. Now, I guess I will have to search for ‘L” figurine.
If you have been following my blog or visit my Crazy4Me eBay and Crazy4Me Etsy stores you know how much I love vintage Anthropomorphic kitchenware and especially Holt Howard Pixieware. These lovelies from the 1950s are so fantastical and housewives during this era sure had their picking of condiment jars to decorate their kitchens with in those early days.
Condiment jars were manufactured by many companies mostly in Japan but some in the USA and the most successful companies producing these items were Holt Howard, Lefton, DeForrest, Napco, and Betson. Some of the very collectible condiment jars are for Onions, Garlic, Mustard, Ketchup, Relish, Jam and Jelly, Honey, Olives, Cocktail Olives, Cherries, these jars are so darn neat and cute with their theatrical faces and depictions of clothes pins over the nose of garlic condiment jars and the crying eyes of the condiment onion jar pixies. The most collectible and highly desired Pixieware condiment jars are made by Holt Howard.
Spoons that go with the condiment jars are often times referred to as “Spoofy Spoons” and it is important when you are searching for vintage condiment jars that you check the items over for damage and be especially careful with the spoons and check these over with a fine tooth comb for damage as the spoon’s tops are the “face” of the condiment jar and usually the lid and the neck of the spoon’s are so very fragile that the heads break off and you want to check for this and if it has been re-attached. Also, it is difficult to find complete sets with their spoons, spoofy spoons, lids, and underplates.
Values for these vintage Pixieware condiment jars are increasing and the desirabilityis also increasing so be prepared to pay top dollar for a “good condition” item and prices can be even higher for the rarer condiment jars and “mint condition” pixieware condiment jars. Current Valuations at the time writing this article:
- Lefton Hot Dog Faced Pixieware Mustard jars over $3,000
- Holt Howard Honey Condiment Pixieware Jar $1,000 and up
- Holt Howard Chili Sauce Pixieware Condiment Jar over $700.00
- Napco Mustard Condiment Jar $250.00 and up
- Holt Howard Jeeves Olives Condiment Pixieware Jar $350.00 and up
- Holt Howard Mustard Pixieware Condiment Jar $125.00 and up
- Holt Howard Ketchup Pixieware Condiment Jar $125.00 and up
- Holt Howard Liquor Decanters $600.00 and up
- Lefton Apple Head Pixieware Anthropomorphic Jam Jar $160.00
Wrapping-up week one of my Pacific Northwest tour, I had a very nice visit at Farmhouse Antiques, located on Portland, Oregon’s Antiques Row in the chic and quirky Sellwood neighborhood. There are over a dozen antiques and collectibles shops among other trendy boutiques and coffee shops that make-up Sellwood’s Antiques Row. Antiques Row is minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Portland and is nestled amongst turn-of-the-century homes, cute cottages and bungalows with lots of blooming trees and colorful Spring flowers this time of year.
Farmhouse Antiques is a charming little shop offering a large selection of antique and vintage quilts, tablecloths, tea towels, postcards, salt and pepper shakers, glassware, 1950s spaghetti poodles, nick-nacks, charming jewelry and so much more! On my visit I walked away with some darling vintage Holt Howard and Lefton pixieware relish jars and pixieware jam jars and a couple Josef Originals figurines (I will post up pictures shortly to share with you all) and I found the pricing at Farmhouse Antiques extremely reasonably especially in comparison to the many other antiques and collectibles shops that make-up Sellwood’s Antiques Row.
Farmhouse Antiques was by far my favorite little shop though the many other shops offered their own specialty items weather your interest is in paintings, Asian artifcacts, old lace, vintage home hardware from door knobs to chandeliers, and even yard décor.
Be sure you visit Sellwood Antiques Row and Farmhouse Antiques if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon as you will experience a full-day of treasure hunting in a chicly quirky neighborhood with lots of available parking and very friendly people.
8028 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202