Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ode to Bakelite

I admit it, there once was a time that I didn't like bakelite. I know, what the heck was wrong with me? You see, I've loved antiques and all things old since I was a child. I remember fifth grade show and tell very well. Everybody else was bringing toys and I was bringing my turn of the century photo albums. I was like a 93 year old women in a 11 year olds body (I still feel that way!). My passion, even then, was all things Victorian. Stuff from the 1940s and 1950s didn't appeal to me. It didn't seem old.

I don't want it to seem like I've jumped on the current mid-century bandwagon, but I think it has made me see things in a different way (and I know bakelite is more 30s/40s but I'm lumping it all together). When I think of all the amazing deals I passed up (carved bakelite bangles for $12 each stands out vividly) and equally amazing things I sold for too cheap just because they didn't appeal to me at the time (vintage dresses, fiberglass lampshades and bakelite necklaces for example) I feel sick. I didn't think my tastes would change but oh did they ever...

But back to the topic. I LOVE BAKELITE!! Love, love, love. The smell is like perfume. The colors are so rich. The delicate clink when two pieces touch is the most beautiful music ever. LOVE! My collection is super tiny but I thought I would share it anyway.

7 comments:

  1. What a great collection! Love the anchor and the triangle/circle pin :)

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  2. oh i am soooooooooo dying kitten what a great bag of loot!

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  3. You should add the followers widget to your sidebar so people can follow you easily :)

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  4. The plane pencil sharpener is my favourite:)

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  5. OMG - I dont know what else to say...they are amazing

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  6. I'm catching up on your blog, I LOVE it! I remember in the 5th grade I brought a picture to school that must have been 100 years old. I was excited to show it to everyone but no one seemed as excited as I was, even the teachers! I've been in love with vintage stuff as long as I can remember.

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