Saturday, July 18, 2009

Retro Turquoise Housewares For Funky Fifties Style Kitchens

When I am out shopping for kitchen collectibles I am always excited to find something that we had in our own kitchen growing up. Even if you have not thought about the frying pan or toaster cover your mom and dad used back in the fabulous fifties, you get a rush of memories whenever you spot these relics at flea markets or antique shops.

As I have written about in my book "Hot Kitchen and Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and also in my second book "Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes", the colors pink and turquoise are very popular among retro and cottage collectors.

At the Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, Connecticut, owners Cindy and Doug have put in many hours showcasing retro collectibles in the in house "Crusin Cafe". Cindy has a great collection of turquoise cookware in excellent condition displayed as props in the cafe .
While Cindy's collection is not for sale, buyers will find lots of dealers in this huge and popular multi-dealer mall who carry plenty of retro and vintage kitchenwares. My booth called "Kitsch n Stuff" is loaded with kitchen collectibles in all colors.

When buying these items, be sure to check for chipping, stains, rust and missing parts. As I have stated in previous articles, it is perfectly fine to buy a covered pot that is stained or worn inside, if all you want to do is use your retro find as a shelf piece, but the price should reflect the condition. On the other hand if you find cookware in super condition inside and out...... expect the value to rise. Now a $4.00 dollar tag sale item, may just become a $40.00 "retro collectible".

Also prices vary greatly in different markets. Metro areas or regions near big cities fetch a lot more for "turquoise kitchen and housewares" than in other areas.

The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford
283 Main St. (Rte. 44)
New Hartford, CT 06057
(860) 379-2290
Open 7 Days, 10am - 5pm

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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1 comment:

  1. My husband and I just moved to a new house, and this means that I get to decorate starting from scratch. These turquoise pots are absolute darling! You are right, they look very retro, and be very cute in a modern kitchen. I love the iron stand, so convenient, and also so cute!