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 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.


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

  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

  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!

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

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

  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.

  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!

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

  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 planning to make Pam take me..hehe
    Kiss Noises Linda

  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

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

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

  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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