Questionable taste

27 Oct

So, I figured that it would be helpful for me to get a Pyrex pricing guide. Or at least it would be interesting. I don’t know why I buy these…all the info is usually available for free on the internet, and you can get a good idea of market prices from Ebay and comps from local dealer’s stuff. I always think that there is going to be some nugget of cool info that I wouldn’t otherwise know, or that I can see more rare examples. This book is FINE as a guide but the author and I do not agree on what is cute. At all.

For example, the author comments that “Early American colors and themes that were popular in the 1960’s are no longer in demand. Many collectors do not seek kitchen glass evoking this look.” And what patterns is she referring to, in particular?

This one. COME ON. The federal eagle? The coffee grinder? The corn, for cryin’ out loud?? I know, I know…I was born in the 1970’s so kitsch from that era evokes nostalgia for me.  But seriously, Early American  is one of the kitschiest patterns Pyrex ever came up with. I mean, second to Butterprint, which has little pilgrims or Amish people on it, I don’t know what they are supposed to be (except adorable). There was a time in the late ’60s-’70’s where the federal eagle was the “Put a bird on it” bird of choice. (Portlandia fans will get this reference.)  So many houses from that era sport a federal eagle over the porch or garage. I like them. I am super-dorky like that, I guess.

Here’s a set of nesting bowls. I think they are perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, or fall meals. Cute theming and color…totally autumnal, right? I love these!

Early American theming/decor comes and goes. It was popular in the 1940’s, resurged in the 1970’s. Nowadays, it’s called “rustic” or “primitive”. When I bought my first house in 2001, I was WAY into the primitive/farmhouse look. If the paint was peeling off of it, I wanted it. These days, I’m fond of a cleaner look and mid-century styles seem more liveable.

But it is true that occasionally I have questionable taste, and sometimes I buy things for the booth that I just think are funny or too weird to pass up. Other than taxidermy, I mean.

Like this. This child’s TV tray features an assortment of wild animals watching a TV clown (terrifying by definition). I found it at the World’s Longest Yard sale and could not resist. The Mister was like, “Really?” But what could I DO? It was too weird to not buy. I mean, who thought this illustration would appeal to children? That bear looks like he has sinister intentions, doesn’t he?? He’s looking at you like, “Hey, I just invited these other chumps over to watch the clown show so that I can eat them. Shhh! It’s our little secret, kid.”

I am starting to think that I need to resist buying things that are either in an unpopular pattern or too weird to buy. But I can’t be the only one who thinks this kind of thing is hilarious and awesome. Or that avocado green is a GREAT color who’s time has come (the Pyrex book informs me that Spring Blossom Pyrex, of which I have a S&%T TON, is also wildly unpopular among collectors).

Do you ever find yourself collecting or buying things that defy popular opinion? What is your “thing”? xoxo, LaurenT


7 Responses to “Questionable taste”

  1. Mark Turcotte October 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Your taste was called into question the day you agreed to marry me; however, I’m extremely grateful for it! 😉

  2. jubrew October 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Oh man Lauren, I want that tray!!!! Is it for sale?

  3. apronstringsvintage October 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Awesome! It’s totally for sale. If you really want it, it’s $12 plus shipping (I will ship as cheap as I can, I hate how much it costs to send packages!). If you like, just message me through Facebook with your shipping address and I will give you my PayPal address. And thanks!

  4. rae October 29, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    i have a federal eagle over my front door! i added it when i moved in, because i love them!
    ALSO are you kidding me with that tray??? there was one JUST LIKE IT at rare bird last year and I passed it up, went back the next day with terrible remorse and it was GONE. i have been crying about it ever since! if jubrew changers her mind, i would happily buy it from you!

    • apronstringsvintage October 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      How funny–if Juleah doesn’t end up wanting it, it is totally all yours!

  5. reretro October 29, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    i totally agree with you. the kitscher, the weirder, the so-not-pc, the hilarious- all good. the nostalgic as ironic- also good! i love the pyrex eagle!

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