Sunday, January 3, 2010

Collecting, Decorating and Using Kitchen Collectibles In Retro and Vintage Style Homes: Antiques and Collectibles That Are Practical and Affordable

Why Buy Brand New Kitchen Housewares
When You Can Buy Vi
ntage ?

Why buy brand new kitchen bowls, utensils, housewares etc. when you can buy outstanding kitchen collectibles from the 1930s, 1940s. 1950s and beyond and have attractive, colorful, durable and affordable kitchenwares to display and use.
Popular colors of the "Colorful Era" were reds, yellows, blues and greens. These vibrant colors were found not only in kitchen wares but were the colors used for cabinets, flooring, furnishing d textiles.

Hand Me Down Bowls Are Still Useful

Some of my favorite mixing bowls and serving pieces are hand me downs from my grandmother Sophie and Aunt Dotty. Both lived in Brooklyn, New York and were "housewives" of their day, cooking, baking and serving delicious meals. Consider buying, mixers, bowls, platters, utensils, glassware, canisters, pot holders, serving pieces, sifters etc.

g Like Fire King

I think my secret hope was that if I used grandma's Tulip bowl in my kitchen, my blintzes would turn out just like hers. Not exactly.......but the warm memories associated with that bowl, made the whole process of making blintzes (crepes) filled with just the right amount of Farmer Cheese and Cottage Cheese a success. The Tulip Bowls shown in this article are Anchor Hocking's Fire King. They were advertised as "Deep Non-Splash Bowls for New mixing Pleasures". A four piece Tulip Set sold for $2.95. Recently I saw the bowls with the matching Grease Jar for $125.00.

Old Utensils and Gagdets Better Than New

Have you ever wondered how terrific many of the housewares from past generations have held up so well today? I know professional chefs who actually prefer to use vintage utensils in their kitchens because these gadgets do the job so much better thatn the cheap imports you can find today.

Tips About Buying Kitchen Collectibles

1. Glass Tumblers usually came in sets of 6 or 8 glasses (not odd numbers). Adjust your purchase price if you are buying an incomplete set.

2. Be sure the images on glassware or bowls etc. is not faded or scratched off.

3. Check for rough edges or chips on glass bowls, beverage glasses, refrigerator dishes. Old plastics teend to be brittle be careful.

4. Inspect all items that you buy.

5. If the price is too good to be true, wonder about whether you have a repro in your hand.

6. There are plenty of fine gadgets around, avoid rusted metal or splintered handles. (Unless you are hanging these gadgets on the wall and you don't mind the rough look.

7. Refer to price guides on kitchenwares if you need further help with identification and value.

8. Many kithenwares came is coordinated sets, so that you might find canisters, trays and waste paper basskets in the same pattern.

9. Inspect the inside of all canister carefully.Many tin cannisters have rust nside.

10. Most tin canister sets came in four graduated sizes. Be sure you can fit one into the other and that you do not have two of the same size.

For more information about kitchen collectibles, read my book:

Hot Kitchen and Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s (

These fabulous photos are the courtesy of Wanita Paolino Antiques of Johnston , Rhode Island

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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