Tiny Bub­bles

Next time you’re at the flea mar­ket, “sea” if you can land one of these.

Flea Market Décor - - P.s. - BY KATHRYN DRURY WAG­NER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY BRET GUM

“You can never have enough mer­maids!”

IN THE 1950S AND 1960S, aquatic-themed wall dé­cor splish-splashed into Amer­i­can homes. Used to dec­o­rate ar­eas such as bath­rooms and pa­tios, the ce­ramic plaques de­pict mer­maids tot­ing pearls, play­ful sea­horses or “kiss­ing” fish blow­ing bub­bles, and have be­come hot dé­cor again to­day. These were reeled in at the home of one of our fa­vorite vin­tage ex­perts, Jen­nie Elizarrez (@jen­nie_loves). “My hus­band says, ‘You have enough mer­maids,’ but I say, ‘You can never have enough mer­maids!’” laughs Jen­nie. “I’ve been col­lect­ing them about 10 years. I have Nor­crest, Enesco, many Lefton, Napco. I love their faces and ex­pres­sions.” And, as Jen­nie says, “Once you have three, it’s a col­lec­tion!”

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