Sunday, July 11, 2010

Buying Kitschy Housewares For Your Vintage Kitchen

Collecting Retro Housewares In Their Original Package

Vintage housewares in their original package are favorites among retro kitchen collectors. Kitschy and clean gadgets in their original wrappings are hard to come by. but a real treat when discovered.

Finding Gadgets In Their Original Package

Let's face it there is something about getting a houseware in mint condition that sure beats browsing through a bin of dusty, rusty , musty fellas. Wouldn't you love to have these 1950s
" Squeezit Mustard Dispenser s" ?

Kelley Street Vintage on seems to find the best examples of beautifully packaged housewares. You go gal!

Fun Graphics

Some collectors are after the graphics, others want a particular item such as an apple corer or a meat thermometer. And yet other buyers actually use their retro treasures and want the good ole stuff because they are much better made than the imports of today.

Cheap Thrills

And the nice thing about collecting vintage housewares form the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s is that you can pick up these items for $6.00-12.00 usually. Now that's a hobby you can live with!

Getting Started On Your Housewares Hobby

My favorite book on the topic is by Brian Alexander and called Spiffy Kitchen Collectibles.

And of course another terrific resource is my own book, "Hot Kitchen And Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s, coming out in a few weeks in an expanded SECOND EDITION

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. Dianne,
    The graphics always grab me!!!!! I remember the tacks for sure!!!! Had lots of those. :) The kethcup and mustard containers are sooo cool!!!!! I have to get back to your part of the world someday....that is a fact!!!!! :)

  2. Love the packaging, but I have to say I love the tomatoe. I had an elderly aunt I met when I was 5. All I remember is that she had Boston Terrier figurines and one of those red tomatoes. I've thought about those two things for years. And here you found one!