Sunday, May 22, 2011

From Kitsch to KITSCH ~ Finding Love for Bad Taste

It used to seem to me that when we used the word Kitsch we were using it in a derogative way to describe something, gaudy, tasteless, tacky and in the levels of what was considered to be of artistic and monetary value it was way down the bottom. Now I think it has become more of a term of endearment, still describing the tacky, but seeing it as having a cultural and even aesthetic value in itself...what do you think? While you think, check out some of what I see as the levels of kitsch in this group of  items we purchased recently.
                                    
Glassware from the 60's and 70's ~ Elegant, classy kitsch


 Japanese ceramics from the same era ~ Walt Disney inspired cutie pie Kitsch
 Novelty Salt and Peppers ~ Classic Kitsch
 Faux Gold Lustre fish Ashtrays and Faux Gold Sheep money box ~ super Kitsch
 Gold Elephant pulling an ornate Drink set with Royal theme...now that's UBER KITSCH!!
 So ugly you just have to love him I say.
 Nodder Japanese Patent T.T. Nodder Fish ~ Collectable Kitsch. Once upon a time on ebay these were very sort after.
Some say Kitsch is ugly, poor taste, mass produced and worthless. What do you think ? I think it is fun, over the top and always makes me laugh so isn't that something worth valuing ? Hope you have a lovely Sunday.

36 comments:

  1. all very kitsch indeed! that lustre stuff, urghh! But the young ones are really starting to like it now.

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  2. Hi Katherine...I love it all now (except for the elephants)..!!

    kitsch is now THE IN thing...wish i had all my OLD KITSCH stuff.
    I could maybe retire!!~~~

    nodding poodle heads in cars (& other dogs) reminds me of the ultimate in kitsch..
    do you come across them often??

    xx andrea

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  3. I think kitsch is fun, though I'm not sure I could live with a lot of it. I love the way you have categorised it!

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  4. Where ever do you girls find your kitsch, it is a treasure of the unsual you have found.

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  5. I have only just recently started buying kitschy bits.

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  6. You're right. Kitsch is now endearing and not a 'bad' word. The world needs all the hapiness it can get; and your 70's glassware and their beautiful colours are working their magic on me.

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  7. I like some kitschy bits and not others lol. My mum had a lot of that 70s glasswear. I wonder whatever happened to it all? I absolutely love the bluebirds. That gold lustre sheep looks like the old BP Golden fleece sheep. If it is you may have found a real treasure!

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  8. I love kitch! The glass is brilliant, but the blue bird ceramics gorgeous! X

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  9. Oh Katherine I love the Kitsch! I especially love the bluebird cookie jar, I have a broken one of those...don't suppose you will be selling that gorgeous one in one of your fabulous locations? Do tell and I will head straight for it on Thursday...am planning to make Pam take me..hehe
    Kiss Noises Linda

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  10. The first image is kitch that I adore, when it gets too frou frou or just not my taste it goes toward the tacky side! That is just my style though. Cold work well for others!

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  11. Love the glassware and have a few pieces myself no retro home is complete without some kitsch ;-)) dee x

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  12. Very cute,love a good dose of kitsch, life's too short not to be able to have fun with your decor.

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  13. how much for the bluebird and cuckoo clock? I'd like to buy them!

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  14. Hi Katherine, I like 'kitsch' in small doses, but I must admit they all do look stunning grouped together. I found the ultimate piece of cute kitsch today, and I was told by Mr T (of all people) that I must not sell it. I will blog it up later. Hope your week is going well, Tam x

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