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Kitsch, Thrifty Finds

You can have your grapes and eat them too

According to Dictionary.com “Kitsch” is defined as: something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste. As clean and classic as I’ve tried to keep my home, I haven’t been able to completely escape the kitsch. I admit to loving the mid-century crazes of owls and grapes.

In a very early post of mine, https://midcenturyobsession.com/2012/08/21/how-much-did-you-say-you-want-for-those-glass-grapes/

I complained about the price of some mid-century modern accessories. More specifically, glass grapes. Having become a Etsy.com shop owner and attempting to start a business of my own based around all things mid-century modern I have become keenly aware of the time, research, effort and GAS it takes to find these sought-after treasures. I better understand now why some items I see are so very expensive. Readers, I stand corrected. (That’s not to say there aren’t complete rip-off artists out there in the MCM world…because there are. It’s up to you to decide for yourself what something is worth to you.)

More to that point, the process of decorating my living room in mid-century style is now complete and I’ve moved on to what we’ll call the “den.” It’s the room that we actually live in: the one that’s most often covered in my son’s dinosaurs and super heroes. When clean, it was an “okay” space; it was missing something. I figured out what that something was when watching an episode of my favorite show on t.v. right now, New Girl. If you haven’t seen it, you should. The star of the show is the ever quirky and adorable Zooey Deschanel who is surrounded by an equally bizarre but charming cast.

New Girl - Grape Inspiration

New Girl – Grape Inspiration

Do you see them? Are those lucite grapes not PERFECT in all their blue glory? They were taunting me…making an appearance in episode after episode. I had to have them. They matched my “scheme” and accent pillows….but where would I find them? Answer: Etsy.com, where everything is.

Ta -Daaaaaaa!!!!!!My very own bodacious bunch of blue lucite grapes.

Ta -Daaaaaaa!!!!!!After swallowing my pride and forking over $25 plus shipping of my hard-earned cash, I had my very own bodacious bunch of blue lucite grapes. 

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So, after all my lecturing about how much things should cost, I will admit to my hypocrisy. For some things, I’m willing to stretch the budget just a bit; even if it is “kitsch.”  If you want them bad enough you can have your grapes and eat them too.

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About midcenturyobsession

My love for midcentury surfaced after inheriting a couple pieces of my very fashionable grandmother's MCM furniture. I'd always loved clean lines...and became obsessed. I'm currently in the process of redoing our entire home in Mid Century style. My husband would tell you "She's off her head." (Irish-speak for NUTS.) I am the wife of a Dubliner, a mother to an adorable little boy and two clownish french bulldogs Pig and Pearl. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. If there is anything I learned earning my degree, it was that I didn't want to pursue criminal justice. My heart just wasn't in it. I played 2 years of volleyball on a full scholarship and graduated a 4 year college in 3 years. I lived in Dallas for a very long time and left friends behind to be closer to family for my son. A native Californian, I have to say it's great to be back home.

Discussion

8 thoughts on “You can have your grapes and eat them too

  1. My name is Pearl the Pirate. I am here to make sure that you notice me. Please pay attention to me. Stop looking at the grapes. Stop. Love me and my extended cab.

    Posted by Lola Martinez Lee Libros | March 20, 2013, 5:36 pm
  2. Those blue grapes are awesome. Is $25 too much to pay? i think not. Honestly, eBay and Etsy have everything if you are willing to fork it over.

    Posted by Rebecca@MidCenturyModernRemodel | March 23, 2013, 7:44 pm
  3. Hi from Napa! Those totally make your table *pop*. (But I really think you should give them to me, because I’m in wine country 🙂

    Posted by Michelle | March 25, 2013, 10:50 pm
  4. …I see lines in the carpet…

    Posted by Aunt Diana | April 8, 2013, 10:37 pm
  5. LOL!!!! Only for pictures. I promise. Between dogs and boy…no line stays longer than 5 minutes.

    Posted by midcenturyobsession | April 8, 2013, 11:54 pm
  6. Love those grapes! You’re quite right about etsy too!

    Posted by Taylor (Fresh Coat of Paint) | April 19, 2013, 12:49 am

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