For those who remember the 1960-70s the time period was certainly bright and full of items that resembled peace, starbursts and smiles. It was a hippie time period where bright colors and sometimes gaudy images predominated.
Color is important as is the flower power theme when it comes to collecting items from this time period. Psychedelic colors like bright oranges, purple, limes and yellow can be found. Plastics were also the predominant materials used for things like kitchen pitchers, canisters and creams and sugars.
Some items did represent the space age. Therefore do not overlook space age designs if you are trying to collect items from these dates. Lamps, clocks and radios all had a futuristic modern look to them. It was a time like no other. Once you start collecting these items they will jump out at you like a sore thumb.
Another hot collectible of the time period is Pyrex dishes. They often came in sets of three and featured circles or flowers.
Enamel and glass were also common materials used. As far as collectible vases are concerned, most in that time period seem to come from West Germany. They also featured lots of lines and patterns.
Wire and plastic were also used for unusual decorations. It was a funky time as it was known for people being on drugs like acid and asking for peace and love. If you grew up in this time period you know exactly what I mean. Who had sneakers with smiley faces on them?
Eight track players were big then with music like the Go-Go’s and Josey and the Pussycats. Of course a lot of rock, classic and folk music stars were big as well.
There is a lot in this time period, but if you are looking for a book to start out with learning I recommend “Collectible ’70s: A Price Guide to the Polyester Decade” by Goldberg. There are many other books which specialize in dolls or toys and other items from those time period. Although this one concentrates on 1970s, I found it very useful. There is no lack of information about such things as platform shoes and other fads. It should cost you at Amazon around $10.
A quick look on eBay showed around 300,000 items considered either from the 1960s or 1970s. I found a lot of kitchenware is available like cups. Toys were also plentiful. You might want to narrow your search. There is just so much to choose in this category.
Whatever you decide, it will certainly be fun as items will be wherever you look. I wouldn’t be surprised if you had some in your house in a closet already.
Collecting vintage items from the 1960s and or 1970s is a fun hobby and one that will keep you occupied for years to come. Enjoy!