What's Hot and What's Not in Kitchen Collectibles

12/03/2011 14:49

Kitschy kitchens decorated with vintage kitchen-wares and furnishing from the colorful eras with the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and beyond are captivating not only baby boomers who remember many of these items being placed in grandma's kitchen but younger collectors at the same time. Whether you prefer the bold primary colors with the post war years, the softer cottage palettes with the mid to late fifties, or maybe the earth tones with the seventies , there are plenty of affordable kitchen collectibles and textiles to choose.


Among bona fide kitchen and home décor enthusiasts, you will discover definite differences in their collecting styles. A buyer would possibly not only be drawn to shapes, color, or patterns on the certain time period, but will also may favor kitchen-wares, figurines, planters textiles, advertising, etc. from a loved one or cherished period in his or her life. For example, one collector began accumulating kitchen items after her grandma died. She collected kitchen-wares which reminded her of her grandmother's r red and yellow kitchen in Brooklyn, Ny in the late 1940s and early 1950s

Kitchen gadgets, appliances, ceramics, bowls, tins, canisters, textiles in colors of red, yellow, green or blue are probably the most popular colors sought after by collectors. You then will find a smaller number of buyers, predominately found in areas closer to large metropolitan centers, seeking belongings in the mid-century colors of pink and turquoise. Whilst the funkier colors of the atomic age just mentioned, attract a small but loyal group, on this occasion period was also known for home accessories produced in softer pastel colors, a palette very popular today among cottage style collectors. Last are classified as the younger collectors who become as sentimental over greens, rusts and browns with the seventies as I do above the reds and yellows with the forties and fifties. If you're a collectibles dealer, Keep this as the primary goal the next time you shun a drab green bowl in a flea market... the population that will adore that "muddy green bowl" are quickly becoming today's collectors.

While the colorful eras attract attention, there don't appear to nearly as many people jumping on the band wagon to buy orange and pink flowered kitchen canisters along with kitchen relics from the Hippie generation. Yes you will see these kitchen items on eBay along with on-line auctions, but they are not necessarily popular in most shops and antique malls. If that you are really into the "Shaggy Sixties" take a visit to thrift shops such as Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries, in which you may have some luck bumping in to a few of these "flower power" leftovers.

As imaginable, color is a big factor for kitchen collectors, but in final summary is unusual style. Today we have a renewed interest in collectibles with the Art Deco period so keep your eyes open for appliances, accessories and furnishings that are fitted with characteristic deco design . Even paper collectibles including recipe booklets with deco motif are of interest to collectors. Whilst the pricier pottery linked to the Arts & Crafts movement isn't generally thought of to be a "kitchen collectible", styles from this time period decide to make their way into today's kitchen . There is indeed a new generation of " art inspired kitchen collectibles" to the collector with a big budget.

But why not consider everyday kitchen collectibles, what is hot and what is not among the average collector? What I find most amazing in answering this question is how differently the solution is depending on who you ask. Should you choose an on-line search about this topic you will find "popularity" defined by how often a particular collectible is either searched on the web or sold on a particular auction site . Cookie jars are one of those collectibles which is consistently listed to be a top ten kitchen collectible. Yet I've discovered that what is stated as "hot" on-line is just not necessarily what is selling in physical shops.

Besides unique items, I also find that people like collectibles that they can can use , which is why Pyrex sells so well. Pam Kaplan web-sites Preservecottage.com said the pink "Gooseberry" pattern may be her best seller. I find that Pyrex to all colors does well. Vintage egg beaters and rolling pins are usually popular housewares because these older models are better than the newer products. Tin canister sets and bread boxes that are colorful. in excellent condition and priced reasonably are always appreciated by kitchen collectors. Conversely, if an object can't type in the dishwasher or microwave or is to hard to care for it is going to be a slower mover. This is why sets of older dishes sit so long offered of many shops.

Renovation and salvage items (antique stoves, door knobs, architectural trim, windows) are incredibly "in" right now as collectors and homeowners are mixing older looks with newer kitchens or creating new twists on old themes including "Cottage Style" or "Country Victorian". "Country Victorian" also referred to as "Romantic Country" emphasizes the softer more feminine elements of the Victorian era and eliminates the heavy, darker components. I have noticed customers asking for Victorian wash bowl sets not with regard to their vanity areas to stay on a wash stand but with regard to their kitchens tables or counters to create romantic accents. The pitcher alone or being placed in the wash basin is often used for a fresh or dried floral arrangement.

There has definitely been a trend to "re-purpose" collectibles and furnishings also to incorporate vintage style into contemporary homes. By way of example, a stylish painted Hoosier cabinet can also add charm to a kitchen by having a computer monitor looking at the pull out baking surface, not batter bowls. A selection of white ironstone pitchers artfully arranged can also add just the right touch in an urban chic kitchen condo. A 1940s bookcase painted white might be hung on the kitchen wall to secure your favorite collection. Are you catching on?

So if I have got to try to answer the question what are people buying, We would say they are investing in things that are functional and decorative. Though it wasn't easy, I divided my report on what's hot and what not into three categories, (1 ) Hot Kitchen Collectibles To help keep an Eye On (2) Classic Favorites (3) What's Not Hot in Kitchen Collectibles (anymore).

Hot Kitchen Collectibles to hold an Eye On

Chippy painted kitchen cottage tables, chairs and cupboards, open wall shelves

Art Deco "everything"

Advertising tins (coffee, tea, spices).

French and European enamelware, American enamelware with decorative flair

Vintage stoves and appliances

Very fine country items including Farm tables, crocks.

Pastel pottery vases, ironstone, art pottery.

China items including decorative plates

Funky items i.e. Bowls with Polka Dots

Classic Favorites

Cookie Jars.


Fire King


Fiestaware, Py, Holt Howard

Tea pots, bowls, spice jars, range sets, salt & pepper shakers.

Colorful linens i.e. tablecloths, dish towels, aprons. whimsical pot holders

Bread boxes, canister sets, recipe boxes, match holders,

Tools with red or green handles, rolling pins.

What's Not Hot in Kitchen Collectibles (Anymore)

Picnic accessories

Thermal plastic beverage and frozen goodies cups

Hammered aluminum


Grey enamelware

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