What Bakelite Item(s) Do you Love to Collect?

As avid Bakelite collectors and dealers we always wonder what our shoppers really love to collect and are searching for.  Are there definite trends in collecting Vintage Bakelite? Do those individuals that collect and covet Vintage Bakelite jewelry also feel the same way about Vintage Bakelite Flatware?  From our experience being online on Ruby Lane for 11 years, those shoppers that we have are quite specific about what they love and collect – for instance, those repeat customers that we have that purchase Vintage Bakelite jewelry do not usually purchase Vintage Bakelite Flatware.  We have several customers that purchase only Bakelite flatware and those that purchase only Bakelite utensils.  There are also those that love and collect only Vintage Bakelite Bangles and not Bakelite brooches, for instance.

We would love to hear from our readers about what they collect in Vintage Bakelite and of course what you are passionately searching for – what is your “Bakelite Mission?”000_0377000_0381000_0404

Setting Your Table with Vintage Bakelite

We truly believe that Vintage Bakelite Flatware, utensils, and Bakelite serving pieces are indeed like “jewelry for the table!”  The wonderful and ecclectic items found in Vintage Bakelite can take an ordinary table to new levels with just the right amount of vintage pizzazz! Be creative when setting your vintage table and mix and match colors and styles of Bakelite Flateware for instance.  Why not use a Bakelite child’s set comprised of a fork, knife and spoon to serve small edibles such as jams, jellies and pickles! It is wonderful to collect and use Bakelite utensils such as large serving spoons, spatulas, and ice cream scoops. Don’t forget such wonderful items as Bakelite and chrome cocktail shakes – you can even use them for lemonade!  The sky is the limit when collecting and using Vintage Bakelite on your table and remember – there are no rules, just have fun!

We would love to hear what you favorite vintage Bakelite tableware pieces are and what you might  be searching for. 000_0376 000_0370-001 000_0389

 

One of Our Favorite Sites – Cause a Frockus!

Hi all!

If you want to spend a delightful time and learn a lot, then you must stop by our new favorite site, Cause a Frockus!

So you ask, what exactly is Cause a Frockus about.  It is a dynamic and fun online community where they support vintage shops,
enthusiasts, and education. They bring you expert advice ranging from
collectibles, weddings, beauty, and fashion. They also connect you to the shops you love with their curated, nationwide shop directory. The owner of the site, Becky, is just wonderful and so knowledgeable about so many things.

In fact, we collaborated on a great article on Vintage Bakelite that you must check out! The url for the article is: http://www.causeafrockus.com/2014/03/bakelite-expert-linda-grossman-evelynnes-oldies-goodies/

The url for Cause of Frockus is: http://www.causeafrockus.com/

Be sure to stop by Cause a Frockus and have some fun and learn so much!!

 

linda

 

 

 

 

Vintage Bakelite Dress Clips!

Hi All!

Finally it is spring time in New York and elsewhere and time to trot out those little sun dresses and tank tops! What better vintage jewelry accessory to wear but a Vintage Bakelite Dress Clip! We have read and heard that they are gaining in popularity once again and we could not be happier!

Did you know that famed fashion designer Coco Chanel in addition to creating popularity for lots of vintage costume jewelry, had a great impact on increasing the popularity of the Vintage Dress Clip?!

Vintage Dress Clips are so  very versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways such as horizintal, vertical, at an angle, on a hat, scarf, lapell suit pocket, sweater and on and on….how about hooking a vintage dress clip over a chain to create the look of a pendant!?

Would love to hear about any vintage dress clips you have.  Are you looking for that special vintage dress clip?

 

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Bakelite in the Home!

Vintage Plastic objects are part of our history. These items represent a significant example of Americana. The Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art and the Philadelphia Museum all include plastics in their collections. You do not have to go to a museum to enjoy seeing and collecting plastic items. The primary goal of the new movement, in the 1930’s and 40’s, was to provide less expensive, decorative, and useful items in the home, using machines to create and service the large population. It created an enormous variety of both functional and decorative high and low cost objects for the home which are sought after by collectors today. Antique plastic is not a contradiction of terms – plastics have been around in synthetic form for well over 100 years making them a true antique. BAKELITE was developed by Dr. Leo Baekeland in 1907 and was originally intended as an insulator for electricity, and is not quite 100 years old. Besides Bakelite jewelry, Bakelite has brought us items such as radios, kitchenware, flatware, clocks, Bakelite handled utensils, telephones, salt and pepper shakers, etc. The list of items boggle the mind and keeps increasing the pleasure it brings to the collector of any or all of the above. When to decide to collect Bakelite? Colors, design and style are no doubt what will attract you initially. The broad pallet of Bakelite enables today’s collector to enjoy both nostalgia and utility. For example, your eye catches a set of red plastic canisters – and it becomes a “look” in your kitchen, which can be followed for a search for a set of Bakelite Flatware for your dining experience. Above all, you are buying what you like and at the same time buying items of value. The value increases as authentic examples of an era diminish in supply. Collecting is a tangible, you had fun finding it and have the pleasure of the item in your home. The term “streamlined” appeared in magazines and illustrations of the day, to describe the design that set this era apart. Cocktail shakers, some accentuated with Bakelite, Bakelite napkin rings, drink stirrers, fruit knives, etc., were all part of the scene – the streamlined Bakelite radio playing popular songs of the day. This is now what collectors seek to continue to enhance the look of the era that has now become an important part of their lives. We advise collectors of Antique and Vintage Bakelite items for their home, to buy what gives them pleasure and don’t be afraid to set an eclectic table – utensils and flatware do not have to match nor do they have to be the same color. Buy “orphaned” pieces of Bakelite flatware to create a bright and colorful look – all that matters is what appeals to you, the collector. Be certain, that in order to assure the continuance of this search for Antique and Vintage Bakelite for the home, one has to always be certain of where and from whom these items are being purchased, and buy from reputable and knowledgeable dealers. We would love to hear your comments about this article – visit our web site, http://www.evelynnesoldiesbutgoodies  and receive an extra 5% off our already sale priced items for letting us know that you read our article! voosflatware1shakerset2 iceteaspoons1