Saturday, February 6, 2016

Avocado Green!!!

Growing up in Detroit in the 70s, we had the whole Avocado Green thing going on in our kitchen, We had the fridge, the Formica counter tops, the linoleum floor (pebble design) the stove, even the washing machine and dryer in the basement--all in avocado green! And apparently avocado green colored appliances last forever. They were there when we moved into the house in 1971 and they were still working when we moved in 1984. Nowadays the ones I buy, well, I'm lucky to get 5 years use out of them! 
I am starting to get a new appreciation for avocado green and its magical life properties!

Here are some Avocado items, all available in my shop! 


I totally fell in love with this retro beauty!

Been looking for years to find it!

A tin stacking snack caddy, so delightful.

And this little guy--a sauce pot, something small, I love it when I am lucky enough to find something with a lid! That is a rare accomplishment these days. It would have fit right in with my old Detroit kitchen.

The real joy here isn't the cool melmac mugs, but the carrying caddy. Those are not easy to come across as they usually get tossed over the years.

I love tumblers and I love plastic, since it is less likely to crack (although it can crack, just better odds that it won't) Includes snack trays. I'd use it for cookies and I would put margaritas in my tumbler. But that's just a suggestion...

Small luggage for a sweet overnight trip to grandmas house. I no longer enjoy having larger size luggage in my shop as they are a bitch to ship and cost a small fortune, especially with the recent price increase! Thanks USPS!

At the same place I snagged this luggage, I picked up this odd little mid century velvet medallion wall hanging. Avocado green velvet, how could I resist!

Back in the day, practically everyone smoked. Including my mom, which eventually killed her. Because mostly anyone who smokes with die from it. I remember my mom had the most uncool ashtrays, she would use old mugs broken plates, ashtrays she stole from restaurants...She could afford to buy smokes, she should have at least invested in a few cool ashtrays. Like this one:

(in no way am I endorsing smoking, but I find many mid century ashtrays pretty awesome and collectible as a relic of when smoking was cool)

I really like this canister, I like how it is aged and imperfect. It reminds me that all vintage items have had a previous life and were used and loved by someone before I came into ownership. At one time, someone purchased this brand new from a shop, maybe Montgomery Wards or Sears...

And finally, because you can never have too much Pyrex

If you are interested in any of these items or want to check out other non avocado green goodies, go to my shop!

Also, I have a big sale happening in my book shop right now. Tons of vintage books for only $1.50. I am clearing out stuff to make room for lots of new stuff. 

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Please leave a comment about anything interesting happening, and your own avocado green experience.



  1. I think my mom still had some Corningware with little avocado green flowers around the edges. Wonder what happened to it...

    1. you need to raid her home! She probably has all sorts of hidden treasures!

  2. I'm a big fan of 70's avacado. My dad did one of our bathrooms in that color - toilet, sink, tiles. So cool looking at the time.

    I had an ashtray similar to that one that I made in a ceramics glass. It was in shades of orange - another hot color at the time. Wish I still had it. Nobody uses those big ashtrays anymore - OR the table tops lighters. Remember those?

    1. Yea...we had the orange stuff going on in our house too! such fun times. I think my grandpa had one of those table top lighters, I wish I knew what happened to it....thanks for visiting!

  3. I have Avocado green old toaster. I adore this color, it makes me stay calm.:)

    1. I agree, this color brings me back to my childhood. And the kitchen I grew up in.

  4. My folks never got into the 70s green. We had a lot of the harvest gold decor. And I hear ya on the postal increases. Getting ridiculous.

  5. Was this just a trend in color? Were a LOT of things green? Why green, at all, back then? Relatively speaking, was it just a drastic departure for home life? >> "wowwww colorrrrr!!!"

  6. Was this just a trend in color? Were a LOT of things green? Why green, at all, back then? Relatively speaking, was it just a drastic departure for home life? >> "wowwww colorrrrr!!!"