Tuesday, December 6, 2022

He Spoke Not a Word, But Went Straight to His Work...

 Tis' the season folks!! Here are some unique finds the past few weeks into December!

I received a lot of items from Japan, that was sitting in a warehouse since 2020!!! Yup, 2020. When the pandemic began, I was still getting my boxes via EMS Japan, but by that summer, all flights stopped coming out of Japan into Guam. So, I had a lot sitting for over 2 years, because it was filled with ceramics that could not be sent in a cheaper way besides EMS, ugh. Oh well, so my loss is your gain. Many of these cute ceramic coin banks, etc. are listed in my shop!!

Can you imagine even this cutie who is the largest I've found, was stuck in Japan for that long as well. He is now safely with me and will be added to my shop as well!! Adorable Fujika flocked bear holding an ear of corn! Haha! Below, I also won this lot of anime girl toy jewelry sets. They are already listed in my Etsy shop!!

This 'smexy' and not a typo, Ado Mizumori Bouffant lady reading news ashtray? Not sure, perhaps just a figurine. Was listed in my shop and sold. I've only seen one other from a friends collection too! Below, a tiny tin canister by Chocoholic!! I fell in love with it and its so cute and tiny too! It now sits on my dresser for display.

I also adopted another vtg Japan dakin plush tiger. This one is just too funny and cute. I couldn't resist him! Both tigers are unique and remind me of 50s Japan. I also got this adorable new to me vtg rattle doll that stands upright. She has a wood body and rest of her is plastic or celluloid like my other cuties. I love her so much and she is quite unique for sure!

I also won this lot of plushies below. Most were in beautiful condition, no issues or flaws. My favorite is the Ideal pink Piggy. She will live with me for a bit. The others are up for grabs in my Etsy shop!! There is a Knickbocker Pouty baby in blue, a fabric face sleeping baby in amazing condition and so nice and soft too, and a Chubby Tubby the small size!! Trust me I so want to keep him!! Ugh! Or all of them, but I can't!

This adorable child's suitcase, I could not pass up on... It is definitely made in Japan and possibly by Rune Naito, because of the art work on the front of the case. Inside it is lined in a lovely pink color. Still in pretty decent condition for its age. I did have to reglue the mirror and I need to figure out what to use to take away the glue residue along the edges of the vinyl on the outside of the bag. It is a gross orange color.... Hmmm. What to do...

Next, I purchased this adorable miniature porcelain doll made by a S. Korean doll artist NursingU. She arrived safely to me and is just the cutest tiny little thing! Very well made and truly the sweetest thing ever! I hope to get another doll by her. I also bought a lovely plush side sleeping bear by Icecreambearshop. He arrived safely and so soft and just too cute!! So many cuties by Icecreambearshop are selling out!! Be sure to snag yours before they are all gone!! Available in my Etsy shop!

This posedoll I found in a Lot, I have one doll listed, but this one I will keep perhaps. She reminds me of Junichi Nakahara's 50s style art. Her face and eyes are just dreamy, and she's a whopping 24 inches tall!! She came with her original box as well. Just look at how adorable it is. I can imagine a Dad buying his daughter this doll to bring back to the States... How sweet!

Last, this adorable Macoto paint palette. It too was in a lot that I purchased from Yahoo Japan. Lovely artwork of Macoto T. girls and this one is my fave for sure. It also came with its original box. Made by the Japanese company Venice for school supplies.

It opens up like so. Truly adorable for sure!!

Well, that's all for now. I hope your holidays are shiny and bright this year! Until next time...

Thank you for looking! ~ ggsdolls

Friday, November 25, 2022

Interview with Joujoukawaii!

  Interview with a Collector - ggsdolls blog Series

Here's my monthly series on my blog where I share some of the most amazing collectors, sellers, and creatives, that have become friends of mine and what they collect and why?

    For the month of November, my blog interview is with the sweet, kind, and one of the masters of cuteness on Instagram and owner of the Etsy shop LePetitCheriShop, also known as joujoukawaii on Instagram, Alvina.

I was originally from Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver, Canada with my family when I finished elementary school. I proudly call Vancouver my home, and am currently living with all boys at home. 
Hmmm.. I initially fell in love with the Rushton Happy Bear and my dream bear was the pink happy bear! I began searching on eBay around 4 years ago in 2018 when rubber face plushies were still popular but not as popular as it is today. At the time, I saw adorable Rushtons photos mostly on Japanese collectors account and I searched for hashtags on IG to admire others’ collection.    

As many already know, I actually started collecting kitschy ceramics (mostly just animals), in 2017.  The Japanese big eyed figurines won my heart. The ceramics are still a big love of mine, in addition to Easter bunny plushies, vintage wind up bears, and of course rubber face plushies! Ohhh! Forgot to mention kitschmas decor too, with pink Santas being my favorite thing to collect! As you can see, I love too many kitschy things! 

Oooo.. I would say my collection is the happy place for me. I could spend all day admiring my collection, not knowing where to look first. I love rearranging displays for different seasons, but I must say that bunnies are  always in season in my home all year round. Seeing the sweet faces at home make me happy, and thus, all collectibles in my home have happy cute faces. I am a very happy person who is always positive about life and people.. and as such (you guys may also notice), there is never a crying face in my collection. (Despite how cute those crying rubber face plushies are!)

I think it’s the amazing fun colors and unique style. One can mix and match anything kitsch in any way and they will still look cute and pretty altogether. I also love romantic shabby chic style and I am just amazed by how well kitschy cute matches with my shabby chic decor. 

I remember it all began with me browsing at amazing kitschy collection photos of our fellow friends on Instagram. Many fellow members started collecting way earlier than me. I have always loved all things cute and Japanese my whole life especially because I spent my childhood growing up in Asia. And one day in 2017,  I decided to purchase a few vintage ceramics and it was how it all started.  I remember I got this girly bunny ceramic from thevintageunicorn which was my very first. And then I had a few pairs of kitty lovers.  Believe it or not, my other first collectibles were rubber squeaks… Sun Rubber kids, an Edward Mobley bear and Japan Iwai baby squeaks!

I am the ONLY person in my family, and extended family who admires vintage. I have always been collecting toys and kawaii Sanrio and Disney goodies since I was little. This kitschy cute hobby of mine never surprised any of my family members! My mom used to say… my vintage goodies would come alive at night and they would freak me out. Whereas, my dad he is a very nostalgic individual and he appreciates my love for vintage toys. (He is actually glad that I am not into brand names fashion. But then he knows I am into expensive toys… lol) I often show him my vintage 50s wind up bears, saying by the time I pass these to my boys, it will be amazing if they still work when they are 100 years old! My brothers think I am insane, and they think my rubber face toys are freaky to the max. I cannot persuade them in any way to like my rubber face plushies… My mom and my mom in-law were both born in the 50s and they used to have kitschy ceramics in the form of piggy banks. So the kitschy faces are no strangers to them. 

I used to have many packages mailed to my old office. One time I put this Rushton Cowboy Bunny on my office chair facing out to the door.. One of my colleagues would always be freaked out by that bunny upon entering the room. He wanted me to "take that thing away” but that bunny sat there for at least two months before I took him back home. We always had a good laugh about that bunny. 

My favorite item, is my pair of Meyercord running bunny planters. Meyercord cuties are one of my top favorites. I collect the vintage decals like Gigi and I just think it’s amazing how ceramic manufacturers made ceramics based on those decals. So yes, the ceramic running bunnies are definitely my favorites at home. I was very lucky to be able to trade for them years ago. To date, I have never came across them for sale online. 

Knowing I am a queen of junk myself, my Etsy shop mainly sells vintage ceramics and collectibles from my downsizing collection. Since most items in my shop are from my own collection and some thrifted. They all tend to have cute happy faces. Yes, I have occasionally sold a few of Rushton rubber face plushies from my collection and that was a time when Rushtons weren’t as popular as they are now. Nevertheless, those rubber faces sold instantly at reasonable prices. Sometimes instead of listing plushies in the shop, I love reaching out to fellow friends and collectors on IG whom I thought would enjoy those plushies. It certainly means more to me that the plushies are heading to friends who cherish them. That also means that I will see photos of them posted which make me happy to see those plushes being enjoyed by others. 

Best selling items for me have  always been rare ceramics like the polka dot deers, and the sweet Lapin bunnies. 

 The most unique, I would say it's a pair of lover bunnies someone listed on Craiglist a few years ago. They have been on my ISO list forever. The lady who sold them to me was the original owner and her mom bought them for her at a gift shop in our local Chinatown! I must say I have some luck finding dreamy bunnies locally… as I have found 4 other large tall Lapin bunnies locally... and they are my favorite ceramic bunnies to this date!

Another unique find of mine is the Rushton Duckie. I bought her on a buy it now listing on eBay. And the seller whom I bought him from was the original owner. He was telling me that the Duckie survived hurricane Katrina. He lost everything in that storm but the Duckie survived that storm. The house was gone but this Duckie was mint and intact inside a storage box found in the debris of his home. I am so honored this Duckie is now in my collection.  I think what makes an item unique is its history, and having the opportunity to talk to the original owner helps us cherish the collectible even more! 

If any item could just land on my lap… If that item is a ceramic, it would be finding a furry ceramic in the wild. I always imagine how I would feel finding one in a thrift or antique shop, of course, that hasn’t happened yet! If that item is a rubber plushie, then I wish it could be the Rushton smile face easter bunny! It’s one of those dream plushies for many, I am sure. It has the happiest rubber face so I would love to find one, one day to add to my collection. 

 Yes of course, I noticed the recent popularity of vintage rubber faces. I believe the popularity was mainly driven by Melanie Martinez and the appearance of vintage Rushton dolls in her music video. However, I think apart from star power, vintage rubber faces really have their charm on collectors. I started collecting before Rushtons became this popular and I fell in love because I saw these plushies being featured by many Japanese collectors. Rubber faces vary from being happy and cute, to silly, sad and sometimes creepy or creepy cute. There is always a face that appeals to each collector, making each and every one lovable, unique and special.

Rubber face plushies are also found in all kinds of conditions too, some can still be very minty and well kept by their original owners... or ones that were very well loved and need freshening up to be loved again.  But in whatever condition, each plushie is unique and has a story, and always have that potential to be loved and appreciated by a collector.

Lastly, I just want to say that every vintage collectible is unique although they may “look the same” just because they are the same model or series. Sometimes people don’t understand why a collector wants the same item in different colors or even in the same colors. Truth is, each piece is different! Since ceramics were hand painted, I find that each piece has its own personality. This is what makes vintage unique and interesting, and also fun to collect.

Also, I love how vintage collectibles can be junk to some, but treasures to collectors like ourselves! It’s the best of both worlds, really...  Giving second lives/chances to these vintage cuties, and also making sustainable purchases too!

Thank you for taking the time to interview me for your blog and for sharing my love for all cute things vintage! ~ Alvina

And with that, thank you Alvina for sharing with us your take on vintage kitschy cute collecting and the love of rubber faced plushies as well. I truly enjoyed reading your thoughts as a collector!

Until our next blog interview with a collector, I am ggsdolls... Happy thrifting!

Thank you for stopping in! ~ ggsdolls

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Keep Creating and Recent Finds...

 Oh my goodness, it is already November!! The past month leading up to now has been busy, and the good kind too!

I finally finished a commission project for a customer! Whew! She is a Rushton Daisy Belle cow that used to be white with brown spots, but her owner wanted her to be a white and strawberry pink spotted cow. So, back in mid October I began, working on her yarn hair, felt parts and the lovely strawberry spotted fur!! She turned out so lovely, that even Sara told me she wanted one! Haha! Aww, thank you my girl, that means a lot to me!

Above, just the last few touches of sewing her back up after restuffing her with her original cotton batting. They were perfectly good quality and I wanted to put something original to her besides her udders and face. I also remove the straw that was in her hooves and replaced it will cotton wool that will hold up better. I added a vintage cow bell and yellow satin bow along with a pink daisy with blue leaves. TaDa! She was done! No sounder inside her as per owner's request. I am very pleased with the way she turned out. Now, to work on 2 other bambies for her! Ha!

While waiting to begin on the next project, I received these cuties in the mail as well...

This wild red and black striped tiger made in Japan arrived. I have seen him in an Ayumi Uyama book! I didn't think I would want to get one, but in the end did! He's just adorable and mid century modern to me! I also found this lovely Whitman 1947 Baby's Own Story book with box unused and is fabulous condition. I love the graphics inside too! There's even a Family tree page! The box is just too cute and adorable. Mostly the reason I bought it!

From Japan auctions, I got this lovely anime girl make up case. In amazing condition too! Has a mirror and lock closure. I also found this lot of 2 vintage Iron on Bear and Elephant. They will be added to my collection of iron ons.

Next, these vintage Ribon Japan books and mangas above and below rattles. I already have a few of the books listed in my shop and the rattles as well. My fave is the yellow in the middle, and I kept her! She actually quite large too and just the cutest thing!!

I also received this lot of Gimmick miniature pencil cases. There are 5 sets. I love the girlie ones best! Each even comes with tiny pencils and erasers or even protractors! Too cool! A commissioned Gund Bee I found for a friend, and is already on it's way to her too! He arrived in amazing condition as well. No need to do any major cleaning to him either!

Than, this adorable large posedoll with box arrived too. Lovely red dress and boots, she is already listed in my Etsy shop. This huge version of the Ado Mizumori's mermaid figurines is actually a coin bank! I found her with her original box! So cool. I've only seen the smaller ones that are just figurines, so to find this one was dreamy. I listed her in my shop and she sold very quickly!

I don't often find a patchwork Elephant plushies, but this one was hard to resist. Just adorable and probably made closer to the 90s than 80s. Still had its store tag on it too! LOL The happy mail that arrived from Japan below, showcasing a few more of the items I found.

The bento tin with Miyako Maki art work I will keep. I did list the white ceramic poodles and they sold really fast as well! I'm glad to see these items go to good loving homes too! The brown fawn plush, was a surprise to find! In lovely condition as well and I just added the yellow satin bow. She is already on her way to her forever home in Japan!

Next, I found this adorable rag doll bear or is it a puppy? Not sure. He is already listed in my shop. The ceramic blue kitty, I will probably list as well. Still deciding... Haha!

I was truly blessed to find this adorable Princess doll by Rushton, with just some minor flaws. She has been washed and slightly restored, with just a touch up of her face and added a bow. She is a pajama bag. I have only seen her in pink so far, so to find her in blue, was a lovely surprise!!
Next, I also found this adorable Play Girl Bunny by Rushton, in practically perfect condition!! She just needed some blush and a bow! She is exactly as the catalog photo! I was surprised that no one adopted her. And she is huge! I mean as large as my Granny bunny also by Rushton. I will need to do a side by side comparison. Definitely 29" tall. Perhaps a store display? Love her to bits! She will be awesome come Easter!
Last for this post, adorable reproduced decals by Merrybee in Japan. I bought a few to use. They are just as awesome as the Meyercord versions, but a bit trickier to use. If you do not cut them as close as possible to the edge of the decal, than the edges can show on the item you place them on. Also, you have to work quickly and swiftly to get the decal on while trying to make sure it is not folding up on the sides. So definitely takes a quick hand to use them. Haha!
I tried them on some adorable buckets I found and painted from my local Daiso. Not too bad. They are cute! What do you think? More projects using these decals to come!

I hope you all have a pleasant November! Happy vintage treasure hunting!

Thank you for reading! ~ ggsdolls