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!!
I am really excited to share my vintage Norcrest Blue Cat collection with you all today and share some tips for collecting and finding pieces from this set. The darling kitty cat set has whimsical pieces like a butter dish that has a cute blue kitty cat sleeping on a fluffy pillow, the tea bag holder that says “I Will Hold The Bag” and a pair of oil and vinegar cruets that have cutest little cat faces. This set brings a smile to my face everyday!!
The Norcrest Blue Cat set was manufactured in Japan in the mid to late 1950s and possibly early 1960s by the PY/Miyao company and was sold by Norcrest. The Norcrest Blue Cat set is elusive in some ways to complete as it was not produced in mass quantities in Japan like so many other ceramics of the era. Each piece is usually numbered on the bottom that starts with a “CT” and if you can find a piece that still has its original Norcrest foil label then that makes it even more fabulous. The kitty cat pieces are absolutely adorable and you can see why any collector would rather not part with their collection.[Read more…]
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…]
I have always loved mermaids, and the 1950s were a time of great fascination with the mythical creatures. This blog post will discuss how to collect vintage mermaids from this era to decorate your home. My favorite mermaids are from the early 50s made by Norcrest, Napco, and Lefton. I love how whimsical they look on my bathroom walls. I’ll also share more of my favorite finds with you all in this post.
Here is a full report from my annual trip to America’s Largest Antiques and Collectibles Show that is held each July in Portland, Oregon with over 1,000 booths. The past few years have been more bust than bang but, this year was great. There is usually a lot of chaos getting attendees parked and the lines had been terrible in the past. This year they had it better managed and we got parked within 15mins of the show starting. We try to arrive early as doors open at 9:00 am and you usually need to wait in the ticket line for your tickets then join another line to get inside. The show is held in-doors and outdoors at the Portland Expo Center. Bathrooms are clean and plentiful. Lots of food courts too with seating so never worry about being thirsty or hungry!!
My twin sister and I have been attending America’s Largest Antiques and Collectibles Show for the past few years so we have our strategy down pretty good. But, she was not able to join me this year due to illness so my niece was joining me. It wasn’t quite the same without my sister and we missed her terribly. The weather was gorgeous for Portland and super warm. July in Portland tends to be a scorcher!! Attendees were excited and in good spirits, folks were eager to get started with their treasure hunting. There were also lots and lots of outdoor booths!!
Once inside, it was full steam ahead!! After going through a few booths it was apparent that Dealers this year were in very good spirits and super friendly. The past few shows Dealers were really grumpy but this year was different. It is so much more pleasant to shop in a booth with a cheerful Dealer who also engages and interacts with you. Learning about an item is so much fun and if the Dealer shares background information on a piece it makes it that much more special. Prices were super good too!! At past shows prices seemed really high and no one was interested in negotiating. This year prices were very reasonable and many Dealers even commented they would give up to 50% off!! Wow!!
This show really has something for everyone; young and old. You can find vintage clothing, lots of vintage jewelry and accessories, vintage neon signs, lots of kitchen collectibles and Pyrex, Fireking, Jadeite and so much more, even lots and lots of ephemera, lightening, Mid-Century Modern, items from the 1920s-1980s. Vintage Disney, tin toys, Hawaiiana, vintage Christmas, salvage, furniture, cameras, and so many more items!! Over 1,000 dealer booths. You can literally spend all day treasure hunting.
I filled up two large tote bags with treasures!! I especially love kitschy cute items that are anthropomorphic, vintage kitchen goodies from the 50s-60s, vintage Mermaids by Norcrest, Napco, Joty, Lefton, and Holt Howard too. Vintage 50s Poodles, clothing and lucite purses, Bakelite jewelry and I also love fine porcelains from Herend, Majolica, and Meissen. Mid-Century Modern lamps, dinnerware, and furniture too. Also, vintage Gucci, Chanel, Hermes and Christian Dior…… sometimes you can find a treasure!
The next show is in October and it is the vintage Christmas show….. hmmmm, making plans for that one!!
I know so many of my blog followers can’t resist a cute novelty print and you all know by now I can’t either so I wanted to share the most adorable kitty cat boarder print I was lucky to get my hands on from Dangerfield Clothing. You might remember Dangerfield Clothing from an early post I did that featured the cutest Poodle boarder print skirt.
Dangerfield Clothing is an Australian clothing company and has a fabulous retro/vintage line ‘Revival’. They have brilliant vintage style 1950s novelty prints so if you love novelty prints you’ll want to keep an eye on this brand. Shipping from Australia to USA has been around 1 week so fast shipping they do; for reference I am in California and within a week have my items.
The skirt I am featuring today is Dangerfield’s ‘Pawsitive’ dress. Yes, it started out as a dress!! It was a sleeveless, fit and flare dress with a pleated skirt made of cotton- pictured here. I ordered my standard Australian size of 18 to fit my voluptuous upper half but when it arrived it was a no-go. I wasn’t surprised…. a bit saddened but not surprised. I find their tops, cardigans and dresses run incredibly small and most do not have any stretch so it was no surprise the top half of the dress would not fit over my curvaceous upper half.
This was my first dress I had converted into a skirt. Since the main reason I purchased the dress was because of the kitty cat boarder print, a skirt would be perfect. I took it to a seamstress and what an easy fix, problem solved, I now had the most fabulous skirt!! Turquoise is my favorite color and the skirt features balls of yarn and the bows on the kitties in the color turquoise so I paired the skirt with my Heart of Haute top and a turquoise blue Petticoat by Malco Modes. We shot these pics against a mid-century modern cabinet filled with cats…. if you look closely there are Holt Howard kitty cats and the blue Norcrest cat too, even a El Gato Gomez cat painting and sculpture in the pics. Keep an eye on Dangerfield Clothing for some more fabulous novelty prints.
All photos by my hubby Gary Greco