Tuesday, August 19, 2008

IS KITSCH A BAD THING?

I recently had a suggestion that I consider something "kitschy" for my next giveaway. I love kitsch. So I started looking around my house. I love fun, funky, colorful and oddball things as part of my decor. Makes me smile.

But then, I started thinking...do other people have the same definition of kitsch as I do? I looked up the definition....

Main Entry: kitsch
Pronunciation: \╦łkich\
Function: noun
Etymology: German
Date: 1925
1 : something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality
2 : a tacky or lowbrow quality or condition.
www.merriam-webster.com

What!? Poor quality!? lowbrow!? tacky!?

I had no idea when people have said to me "...you really like kitsch"...that perhaps...I was being insulted!! Come on... I see bright, colorful, sense of humor...not tacky!

Maybe I should be embarrassed to show you some of the things I love? Will you think I'm lowbrow?

Who wouldn't love this lamp?

It's so fun...and unique!

Maybe lowbrow runs in my family....

This teapot was my aunts. Brought back from WWII by my uncle. I was thrilled to have inherited it. I can't imagine drinking tea from a happier pot:D

Then there's these guys...

My mother bought these little cuties for my grandmother in the 1950's. How could anyone look at those cute little faces and call them tacky?!

So what have I found lately that I might be willing to part with? That some like minded lover of "lowbrow" might be interested in...

Well, how about these funky "hand painted made in Japan" creamer and sugar?


Or these crazy clip-ons from Western Germany?


Maybe the darling Millie and Willie salt and pepper shakers from Dayton, Ohio?



Now, be honest dear readers (I can take it)...is kitsch a bad thing? How do you define it...fun and funky or lowbrow and tacky? Would you ever be caught in possession of any of these little charmers?


On a loosely related note...the wonderful Pat of Mille Fiori Favoriti has sweetly passed along this "Perfect Blend of Friendship" award.

Thank you Pat! I would like to pass this award on to all my readers...even if you do think I'm a bit on the lowbrow side;D


Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

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