Category: What on Earth!?
, n. items mass-produced for the American Market (i.e. souvenirs and the like); generally something that recalls a specific vintage genre through its symbolism. Sometimes these items could be considered outlandish. Generally they symbolize an "age of excess" and the items are of value in that they were of popular appeal at one time while now they might be considered sentimental and of "poor taste"...leading kitsch to a charm of its own.
, adj. 1 : not having or exhibiting good taste: as a : marked by lack of style : DOWDY
b : marked by cheap showiness : GAUDY
HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE???!!!
Today we present you with a variety of items. But!
Are they "kitsch"? Or "tacky"? (Or neither?!) I'm still a beginner on this topic. "Kitsch" is actually a genre of collectible. And can create some really cute results when displayed the right way. But how does one distinguish between "kitsch" and "tacky"? Can you tell?
We're going to test your knowledge by offering some photos of items left in the house...and you can give us YOUR opinion.
A tissue holder made of yarn. Kitsch? Tacky? Neither?
Pictures made from the bark of trees. These are unmarked. Could be Mount Fuji in Japan. Could be something in the Western U.S. We're not sure. But they are all about being three-dimensional.
A photo of Boris Yeltsin superimposed onto a hanging banner. Very tiny. Maybe 7 inches high.
A slightly blurry picture (sorry) of a "faux" ship's wheel clock (unless the ship was 4 feet long...then it isn't faux it might be real!) from Telechron. It's electric and it still works.
It's, um, a bedpan. Of white metal edged in blue.
< See these on the Estate Sale Site
These are brass candle holders...what do they represent? It's a mystery. But my husband used to live in Nebraska and they are vaguely familiar to him. (UPDATE: No longer a mystery, we found them in a book on ART DECO DESIGN! They were designed by Bruno Matheson. We couldn't believe it. Ystad, Sweden. Crazy. Some folks online were saying 1950's, but, well, there they were in the Art Deco Book. So.)
Now these are nifty! If you have a lot of cups, these "...hold six cups in fond embrace, and take up little cupboard space."
Items #8 & 9
I know you want this one on the left. You know you want this. Burlap and yarn has never looked so good. And, confess. Someone gave you one of these (on the right) during your lifetime. Probably in the seventies.
It's from Austria. Land of Lion Heads. Painted onto ceramic trash cans.
We have two of these. No shades though :( The color blue is super cool. They would be even more vivid if I had time to clean the dust out of the little nooks in the porcelain.
More usefulness!! These are bamboo cups from Jamaica. I know this because "Jamaica" is carved on the side of them.
Fruit. Chalkware wall hanging fruit. These were featured in the latest issue of "Country Home Living." Strangely, many things that we've found in the house are in there. Wild.
Items #14 & 15
To go with these lovely placemats on the right (and they are in nice condition...they roll up for storage and remind me of mats in Asia. But I think they are from Hawaii or Mexico), are a set of curtains (see photo on left...this is just one of many.) The curtains are from Peru, I believe.
It could be a whole new Tiki look for your breakfast nook. :)
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