Saturday, May 15, 2010

Todays Bridal Showers Are Way Beyond The Dimestore Era

Bridal Showers a la Trump

Remember the good ole days, when you attended Bridal showers and the Bride- to- be got very practical gifts, perhaps a can opener or some hand made pot holders or maybe a lovely apron or two? Times they are changing, now brides are "registered" in some very beautiful places and the wish list reads like a Trump shopping extravaganza.

Aluminum Pots : 1950's and 1960's Favorites

If you were back in the 50's and 60's, you could be sure to receive all the things you needed to prepare, cook or bake meals for your family. And for more elaborate gifts your girl friends, sisters, aunts and mom might chip in and buy you a set of aluminum pots or a lovely canister set for your counter top. Yes, even aluminum pots and pans were considered a "big" gift.

Dimestore Out: Tiffany In

Those were considered "important gifts" in the atomic era. Today, young brides to be are older (25-40) and in many parts of the country open boxes holding gifts made of crystal , silver, china etc. Once "wedding gifts", the new shower party has trumped the Dimestore era.

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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©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. Wow way too cool, I actually had the gold ones, lol back in the 60's love your blog friend, and all the goodies you show. Hugs, Barbara♥

  2. imnluv with all that turquoise and pink. makes me want another shower!

  3. I LOVE those pink pots. Couldn't help noticing the Holt Howard S & P shakers on the stove. I have a set just like them. Cool stuff!

  4. I agree about today's brides. Brides walk through shops with those little scanning guns and scan everything in sight.

    Susan and Bentley

  5. You barely touched on an incredibly big issue. It is evidence of shifting in our culture and a degradation of priorities. In other words YOU'RE RIGHT!

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos!

  6. Thank you for using my photos! They were taken in my kitchen. I collect 1950s kitchen...well 1950s everthing actually.