Retro Party Collectibles
Vintage birthday and party collectibles are very popular among retro kitchen enthusiasts who enjoy collecting anything and everything vintage. Keep this in mind the next time you think of tossing the stuff that mom , grandma or a favorite aunt has tucked away in their cupboards, desks, drawers, attics and kitchens.
What Are Birthday Party Goods Collectors Looking For?
My goodness, collectors are out there hunting for candles, candy cups, games, napkins, paper goods, favors, cake toppers, streamers, candle holders, novelty items and more.
I was first introduced to this topic by a collector friend who invited me to see her large home filled with collections in every room, nook and cranny. She welcomed me into her walk-in kitchen pantry and showed me her collection of birthday candles still in the original boxes. At that point I had no idea that anyone was interested in such stuff.
Introducing Pink Grapefruit Style on Etsy.com
But over the years as I did research for my book "Hot Kitchen and home Collectibles of the 30s, 40's, 50's I met a lot of collectors and sellers who love party goods.
Recently I discovered Pink Grapefruit Style on Etsy.com. This gal has an amazing collection of vintage notions as well as holiday and party odds and ends. She carries retro and vintage party goods, holiday decor, ornaments, wrapping paper, ribbons, buttons, trinkets, embellishments etc.
Prices for Party Notions
Not only is collecting retro party goods a lot of fun, but it is a pretty inexpensive hobby. Many party goodies are stashed away in old shoe boxes, tins or drawers and can be bought in lots at flea markets, auctions and yard sales for peanuts ( a few dollars). Some collectors stick to one kind of party related collectible such as boxes of candles or candle holders. Others may limit their collection to "clown themed" or "ballerina" paper goods and accessories. Another collector might prefer collectibles of a particular era such as 1950's or 1940's. Party goods from these years are easy to find and just a few dollars. Expect to pay quite a bit more for party goods with Art Deco imagery or from the Victorian era and earlier.
Note: Wedding cake toppers fetch quite a bit more than the paper goods and everyday birthday party goods discussed in this article.
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 Iantiqueonline.com 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 café.
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