In the animal kingdom’s hierarchy of fashionable mascots, owls rank second only to deer and wolves (they tie for first).
Often silk-screened in silhouette on pillowcases and bags, the creatures (which were as hip as roach clips and macramé bags in the ’70s) are making a kitsch comeback in housewares — switch plates, napkin rings, and utensil holders.
Get your hunt on at Lara Long’s Plaid Pony Vintage. The web-only shop based in a converted Fishtown garage sells cheap-chic collectibles from the ’50s through the ’80s. Long continually posts owl tchotchkes — everything from vintage penny banks to string art and cuckoo clocks.
Sure, they always look grumpy, but how can you not love ’em?
Certainly beats a rhino-faced salt shaker.
Available online at plaidponyvintage.com.