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September 3, 2013

Tuesday Etsy Roundup – The Little Homemaker Edition

By Eartha Kitsch

As long as there have been homemakers and toys, there have been toys about being homemakers. I can remember running around the house with my tiny carpet sweeper when I was a little girl as well as ironing doll shirts with a pint-sized iron.  No doubt, generations of children before me enjoyed similar play times. I’ve always been fascinated by these smaller scaled items and how oftentimes, the attention to detail is just as great as in the actual life-sized versions. Lets take a look at some toys in this vein that I’ve enjoyed rustling up from Etsy for “The Little Homemaker” this week!

First up from seller FeistyFarmersWife:



Check out this incredible Youngstown Kitchens dishwasher complete with tiny dishes! And guess what? The little homemaker could actually hook it up to the kitchen sink and use it! The Seller gives this quote from the enclosed instruction manual:

Simply connect the intake hose to the sink faucet and place the second hose in the sink bowl for draining. Arrange the plastic dishes (complete set furnished with each unit) in the chrome plated dish baskets. Set the dish baskets in the dish washing tub, close the clear, plexiglass lid and turn on the water. That’s all there is to it. The jet Tower, in the center of the tub, revolves and sprays dishes with sixty-four jets of water, brush-flushing dishes clean, just as in the outstanding Youngstown Automatic Dishwasher.


Wowee! I would have been all over that as a kid! Since the dishes are taken care of, that leaves the little homemaker time for some more enjoyable pursuits! It looks like seller pearl25 has just what they will need:



The Sewhandy machine was made for sewers with smaller hands and oh, but it’s cute too! The seller says that it works great so this little machine could help any wee sewers in your family start in style!

Now that the little homemaker has learned to sew, how about they whip up some cute potholders for this beautiful stove from seller LastCent?

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What a pretty little stove! And once plugged in, the oven and the stove eyes actually light up! The tiny knobs turn as well. I just love the icon of the girl with the ponytail and “Suzy Homemaker” in cursive font across the front. And who among us wishes that manufacturers would still make stoves that color in adult sizes nowadays? I’ll raise my hand first for that.

I think that the the little homemaker will agree with me when I say that the stove is just too awesome to dirty up by making dinner. How about we turn to the shop of caddywampus instead?


This fantastic little barbecue has a chicken on the spit and it used to make sparks when the little handle was turned. How cool is that?! I still think it’s a great little item though and am sure that kids would still happily play with it – or better yet, a grown-up kid like myself would love to display it in my kitchen! Bonus points for it coming with the original box with great graphics. And quite possibly the world’s smallest set of grilling tongs.

Unfortunately, not even the little homemaker gets away with fun things like sewing and grilling all of the time. They also have to clean! I think that seller northwoodscabin has just the thing for that!


The Vac u Fun vacuum! How cute is that thing? And it even works! Just pop in some batteries, and the little homemaker is actually making a dent in those rugs that they’ve been putting off! Or okay, that their parents have been putting off…but still, mission accomplished. I’m pretty sure there were some Moms and Dads back in the day who had vested interests when they bought this awesome set for their kids. I can just see the glee in their eyes when they handed their little homemaker the vacuum and said, “You go play now!”

 And here are a few more items with the little homemaker in mind. I couldn’t leave them out due to their sheer cuteness:


From seller grandmothersattic:


Look how cute this little salad set is! I love the original box design and the wood grain and acorn motif on the bowls. And notice how excited those kids seem to be about being served salads. I’m pretty sure that I’d also be stoked about a salad if I could eat it out of those beautiful bowls. How about you?

Next up, from Seller HappyCatVintage:


This is one of the prettiest little toy kitchen sets that I’ve ever seen. I love all of the red accents and the tiny pots and pans and hey, Retro Ruth! Is that a wee little gelatin mold in the back there? I also love how you can see the imaginary food baking through the oven door.

And finally, from seller IngesAttic, I bring you this little set that makes me giggle so much:



Look at this wee little shopping bag complete with groceries and books.  This is more doll-sized but I had to include it because it’s so sweet! Be sure and notice that baby’s face on the “How To Raise A Baby” book. He totally cracks me up.   I also love that the shopping bag includes a copy of “It’s Later Than You Think!”. Better get those tiny groceries on home now, little homemaker! I can hear the pretend clock ticking away in my mind….

I hope that you all have enjoyed these peeks at fun Etsy items in  “The Little Homemaker” department. Being a homemaker of any size can be pretty tedious at times but you can bet that having these finds around would make things a little more fun at least! If you’re interested in learning more about any of the great items above, simply click on the sellers’ names to go straight on over to their Etsy pages.





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15 Responses to Tuesday Etsy Roundup – The Little Homemaker Edition

  1. Kristine Reply

    September 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

    OMGOSH,OMGOSH!!! that dishwasher!!!!!
    I have been Trolling the internet for another of those for over a DECADE!! I have one (complete) and have always wanted to find another for value comparison ..During my search, I have been led to believe these are rare salesman samples.

    Kitsch N Sink Studio
    (altho, not much going on there, because I now work full-time) 😛 lol

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      I’m glad I could help! I wonder if they had salesman samples AND toy versions since this one has an instruction sheet for kids. Either way…fascinating!

      • Kristine Reply

        September 5, 2013 at 7:42 am

        Eartha, Im pretty sure mine is a Salesman Sample…the dishwasher and the electric switch are mounted on a wood box, with the motor inside. And the box has all the graphics in Mid-Century font. that’s why I always thought it was a salesman sample of a real dishwasher.I never thought of the idea of it being a sample for a toy. lol..I had never found/seen another until now. 🙂


        • Eartha Kitsch Reply

          September 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

          Really cool! Who’s to say but I’m really glad that you own one! 🙂

  2. Beth Reply

    September 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

    What fun! You brought a big smile to my face this morning.

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Aww! Thanks Beth! So glad to be able to do that! : )

  3. Andrea Reply

    September 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Oh my goodness, those are all too absolutely cute!

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks! I kind of went into “little kid picking from the Sears catalog” mode with this one. Dreaming….

  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Oh wow, I LOVE all of these vintage homemaker toys…esp. that dishwasher….so, so cute! It reminds me of some old pink GE Structo toys we picked up a long time back….same small appliance idea…the stove lit up like real burners and the sink even pumped water!

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      So cool! I just love stuff like that! Are you displaying yours? I hope so!

  5. bj from KickassStyle on Etsy Reply

    September 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    HAH! This is the stuff my mother, oh, excuse me, SANTA would leave under the tree for me every Christmas in the hopes that this tomboy would not notice that the football and chemistry set were (very conspicuously) MISSING!

    Thanks for the stroll down dysfunctional family Memory Lane!

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Ha! Looks like Santa had a pretty firm agenda! I hope that you have as many footballs as you could ever dream of these days. : D

  6. amber Reply

    September 4, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Ohmigod, Eartha Mae, I think you just proved that if I ever win the lottery (and dangit, I am trying so *hard!*) I should just go ahead and hand over some money and have you shop for me– I want ALL of this stuff!!!

    That BBQ!
    That salad bowl set!

    I think I have the vapors….

    • Eartha Kitsch Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Aww! Thanks hon! Just keep me in the loop. Would be more than happy to be your personal shopper! 😀

  7. Inge Sager Reply

    September 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    How cute is all that stuff.
    Makes me wish to be a kid again.
    Thanks for including my little shopping bag.
    Greetings, and best of luck, Inge

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