Monday, November 5, 2012

Hi Friends ~
What kind of knick knacks do you collect? Animals? Made in Japan or Occupied Japan figurines? Sea creatures? One of my customers from Ohio graciously sent me a photo of her collection of precious poultry. One of them she purchased from my shop at 

Please send me a photo of your collection and I'll feature it here on my blog and on my Facebook page, here:
I'll only use your first initial and state :). You can send photos to
(Spammers will be reported :(.)   

I can't wait to see your photos!
Until next time, friends,
Dust Collector 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Elves & Pixies, Figurines & Santa's Helpers

Hi Friends ~ 

The holidays are almost here! Time to dig out all those adorable little red and white knick knacks from the boxes in the attic or basement. Santa's elves play a big role at Christmas, as they keep things flowing smoothly at the jolly man's toy factories during his busiest season. Here are a few pixies and elves from my shop on Etsy,

This little guy was made in Japan somewhere between the 1920s and the early 1940s. He's covered in glitter from head to toe. He has enchanting hand painted features and a playful pose.  This darling lady below is posed on a log. Perhaps taking a well-deserved break from her duties in Santa's toy shop! She was also made in Japan between the early 1920s and 1940. 
Her features were expertly painted by the fabulous Japanese artists. This early piece is indicative of the talented artists that gave each figurine its distinctive porcelain personality.

And last, but not least, this little guy is just full of impish fun! Again, the expression is everything! This is also an early Japanese piece. Age-appropriate wear to the paint just adds to this little man's character. He stands a mere 2" tall.

You can see other elves and pixies by taking a stroll through my knick knack store on Etsy

Until next time, friends...
Dust Collector

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cat Knick Knacks

Hi Friends ~ 

I have two new additions to the family...
We're still deciding on names. I'm thinking about Knick and Knack ! What do you think? I'm also thinking about Sylvester for the black and white kitten, and yes, Tweety for the calico. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated. 

So, in their honor, I thought I'd showcase a couple of cat knick knacks that are now in my shop at

The above adorable cat figurine has hand painted features with a great, bright red bow around her neck. She was made by Enesco, probably in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
The adorable little sweetie above was Made in Japan most likely in the 1950s. She has great coloring and how about that pose. Look at her little rear paw/foot up in the air... and her front paw is waving, "Hello." And there's a teeny, tiny little pink flower at her neck. The eyes are everything! Purrrrrrrrr-fect!
And finally, this little guy. He was also Made in Japan and has a lot of detail. Hand painted features along with a bright red bow. Interesting nose area. The pink is uncommonly cute. This is a well made piece and cute as a button!

You can take a stroll through my Etsy knick knack shop by clicking here: All Vintage KnickKnack

Until next time, Friends.
Dust Collector

Monday, October 8, 2012

Brand New Blog About Vintage Knick Knacks & Figurines

Hello Friends  ~ 

If you love vintage knick knacks and figurines, as I do, then follow me on a journey that will take us around the world. We'll explore how the adorable pixies were made in Japan back in the 1950s.

We'll also take a look at German knick knacks. We'll see how all those hand formed, delicate flower petals were made in England and we'll see dozens of figurines from other countries. 

How are knick knacks made? Glad you asked! We'll be taking a look at just that and we'll talk about the different types of materials that were used in vintage knick knacks, including bisque and porcelain. 

We're going to have fun on this blog, so fasten your seat belts and hang on for the wild ride ahead! 

You can take a stroll through my Etsy shop by clicking here: All Vintage KnickKnack

Until next time, friends...
Dust Collector