Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles 30s 40s 50s & Beyond, by C. Dianne Zweig, Collector Books, 2010, www.collectorbooks.com, 270-898-621.
The long-awaited second edition to the popular 2006 Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles 30s 40s 50s was a long time coming, even though the original sold out in record time.
Its author, C. Dianne Zweig, keeps busy tending a top-rated blog titled Kitsch n Stuff (http://cdiannezweig.blogspot.com), which is packed with articles about kitchen collectibles, thrifty living, the psychology of collecting and more. She nurtured her blog while she built what is considered to be the most successful online social network for antique dealers and collections: iAntiqueOnline.com. More than 4,000 members follow Zweig’s mission of bringing like-minded people together for friendship, conversation and precious objects.
The intelligent and chipper Zweig continues the informative and nostalgic journey back to the colorful eras of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in her second edition, Hot Kitchen and Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s, and Beyond. A favorite among collectors, readers will relish this charming and well-researched 304-page resource book. More than 500 full-color images focus on the all-time favorite kitchen and home collectibles, including pottery; everyday textiles; laundry, sewing and washday products and accessories; bath and beauty essentials; vintage recipe and appliance booklets; magazines, advertising and prints; as well as nursery and baby notions and décor.
Based on the enduring and rising interest kitchen collectibles has among next-generation collectors, this book is a must for all shop owners and generalist dealers. ?
Q&A with author C. Dianne Zweig
Antique Trader: What fun, new features have you added to your latest edition?
C. Dianne Zweig: So glad you asked. My favorite new chapter is an amazing collection of toy kitchen collectibles, including boxed sets of pastry, baking and cook ware, as well as toy kitchen utensils, mixers and more. Also new to this edition are fresh photos of cookware from Pottery Guild, Universal, Harker, etc. If you love chef-themed collectibles, you will find a new section in the chapter on Kitchen Novelties. And, of course, there are plenty of new photos on housewares, pantry items and even 1960s Flower Power kitchen wares.
A.T.: We keep seeing “vintage kitchen items” pop up on sellers’ lists of top-selling items. Did that trend give you motivation to publish this book in 2010?
C.D.Z.: The motivation to complete a second edition came straight from the heart. I love researching and writing about kitchen collectibles. I never follow what’s listed as “trends” … I stick with what I love to buy, and apparently, I have a lot of folks who agree with my intuition … my blog Kitsch n Stuff is growing with fans (http://cdiannezweig.blogspot.com/).
A.T.: What is the most popular area of kitchen collectibles? Do collectors buy them for display or use?
C.D.Z.: Funny that you asked this question. I just posted an article about that topic. I do see buyers wanting to make their kitchens “green” and practical and as a result, Pyrex, glassware and storage housewares, such as refrigerator dishes are gaining popularity. Vintage kitchen utensils in great condition are also of interest to professional chefs and home cooks who know that the old gadgets work better than the imports.
A.T.: Are more young people getting involved in kitchen collectibles? Could this be an area dealers could emphasize in their shops and malls to capture more customers?
C.D.Z.: Younger collectors will get excited about ’70s and ’80s housewares and kitchen textiles, which remind them of their mom’s kitchens. But plenty of younger collectors also enjoy the retro look of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. I’m not ready to go overboard on stocking too many kitchen collectibles from the ’70s in drabby earth-tone colors. But kitschy patterns of mushrooms, owls, butterflies and flowers from the ’70s are re-surfacing. On another note, savvy, design-conscious gals (and guys) seem to be hunting for “Industrial Chic” kitchen wares such as metals, wire baskets, stainless steel. I hope that spurt ends soon.
A.T.: How long have you been documenting and writing about kitchen and home collectibles? What are your other books, and where can readers buy them?
C.D.Z.: I have been buying and selling kitchen collectibles for almost 30 years. Besides my Hot Kitchen and Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond series, I also have a fabulous book called Hot Cottage Collectibles For Vintage Style Homes. All three books are published by Collector Books. (www.collectorbooks.com)
I also want to mention that I have a blog called http://cdiannezweig.blogspot.com/ ?
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