Collectible of the Week–Dime Store Items from 1952

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I  have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years.  Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some were inherited, some were purchased at antique malls, gift shops or thrift stores  – all are precious to me.  Some items are kept up year-around while others are brought out seasonally and on holidays.  Unfortunately, many priceless-to-me objects go undisplayed and unseen for years, so each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post a COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

When I was newly-married and setting up my first apartment in 1952, I had loads of beautiful wedding gifts to use, but I felt I was lacking something.  I stopped after work as a secretary for P&G  in downtown Cincinnati and went to Newberry’s 5&10 store to buy three items:

 

A baking rack which I did not receive among my many gifts
A baking rack which I did not receive among my many gifts

 

A vase to match my lovely wedding gift Poppy Trail china
A vase to match my lovely wedding gift Poppy Trail china
And for no particular reason other than it matched my newly-painted kitchen, a chubby yellow pig planter.
And for no particular reason other than it matched my newly-painted kitchen, a chubby yellow pig planter.

I still use the rack and vase all of the time, but had to borrow the pig back from my youngest daughter who had claimed it for her kitchen when she married 19 years ago.

For dime-store purchases, these three items have held up very well.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

10 thoughts on “Collectible of the Week–Dime Store Items from 1952”

    1. Yes, the tablecloth is vintage but I didn’t have it in 1952. I picked it up at an antique shop about 20 years ago. Love vintage linen.

  1. If I recall, dime store items in those days were far better made than things we would buy today in K-Mart and Wal-mart. =) I didn’t see a Newbery’s until the seventies when I moved to New Jersey, but we had Woolworth’s and Kresge’s, and I loved wandering through them – still would if there were any. Last Woolworth’s I saw was in downtown Houston, about 1987 or 88, I think, and I spent a couple of wonderful hours wandering through there! Your pieces are wonderful, and I can see a little shoot of ivy would look great in the pig! I’ve never been able to hold on to much anything with all our moving around.

  2. That is so special to still have those things from your early married days! My MIL still has the pots she received as a wedding gift 52 years ago and only this year did the handle finally break on one of them. Things were just made better back then! Do you still have the china set that matches the vase?

    1. I was notorious for breaking china back in the early days, but I do have the complete set of china that matches the vase and we use it for holiday meals each year.

  3. I love seeing those items from the dime store – it brings back memories of my Nana and me walking “uptown” to the dime store when I was a girl. I bought some 45s there and for some reason she kept them. When she passed away I got them and now they are worth a pretty penny because of the artist and label. Seeing your items brought back all those memories!!

  4. Lillian, what a great memory you have! I thought I was the only one who could remember where & when I bought something – even if it was many years ago… but I see I’m not the only one!

  5. I sure remember shopping at dime stores and especially one time I bought a pickle dish for my Mom. This probably was around 1955 or so and at the time I was spending the week in Chicago with a cousin. We lived in the Chicago suburbs. BTW, DH & I got married in 1962 – 10 years after you did!

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