Halloween Vintage Melted Popcorn Plastic Decorations
A Little Bit About Melted Popcorn Plastic
The melted plastic popcorn decorations were popular in the late 1960s through the 1970s and are enjoying a comeback as a vintage collectible on Ebay. Originally they were made by a company in Hartford, Connecticut called The Kage Company.
The company has since gone out of business and finding any information pertaining to these cute and collectible melted plastic decorations is almost impossible. They are called melted popcorn plastic decorations because that is what they look exactly like - melted plastic shaped like popcorn. Older decorations, circa 1960, have edges that are not as flat and smooth as a newer melted plastic popcorn decoration.
Melted plastic popcorn decorations can been found in many shapes for the holidays. The prices range from $7 to $40 depending on the rarity of the plastic holiday decoration. The size of these decorations range from 1 1/2 feet to 3 1/2 feet high. They are designed to hang flat on a wall or door and the sturdy plastic stands up to tough weather conditions.
There are melted plastic popcorn decorations for all the holidays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines and even melted popcorn decorations just for the fun of it. Snoopy, Tweety, The Road Runner, Pink Panther and Betty Boop have been immortalized in vintage melted popcorn plastic.
Collecting these items can be a fun activity to do with your children. Try to complete sets. For instance, collecting the Warner Brothers cartoon characters may be a fun way to start. You can get the Road Runner, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, The Tasmanian Devil and Bugs Bunny. Bugs Bunny is a 3 1/2 foot tall melted plastic popcorn decoration and is somewhat rare. His rarity will not limit your joy of collecting these items, however, since the prices are stable and reasonable.
Christmas melted popcorn plastic decorations include Santa Clause, Rudolf the Red Nose reindeer, snowmen, candles, wreaths, the word "noel", Christmas Trees and many more! Easter variations include plastic popcorn bunnies, chicks, ducks, baskets and eggs, while the melted Halloween popcorn plastics include Casper the Ghost, jack-o-lanterns, witches, black cats, spooky plastic moons, and more!
Other holiday plastic popcorn decorations include cherubs, hearts, shamrocks, leprechauns, turkeys, pilgrims, smiley faces, while rare ones exists, too! The rare popcorn melted plastic decorations tend to be figures of cartoon characters. Betty Boop, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Bugs Bunny, Smokey the Bear are rare while words like "love" and "smile" are rare 1970s melted popcorn pieces to search for.
Rare Melted Popcorn Plastic Decorations
Where and How to Buy Melted Popcorn Plastic Décor
When looking for melted popcorn holiday decorations for Halloween or Christmas or just for fun, EBay and Etsy are your best bets. A wide range of styles of these fun and charming decorations exists. Look for melted popcorn decorations that are clean and flat. They should be well cared for not dusty, mildewed or warped.
If you have questions about the product, send the seller an email. An online seller should always answer promptly and courteously. Try to buy from a seller who accepts returns. If a seller is unwilling to accept a return, it makes on wonder what is wrong with the product being sold. Also, when in doubt you can ask for more pictures of the popcorn plastic item to be sent to your email or just move on to another seller. Getting in a fuss over a product is never fun!
Have fun shopping and start collecting melted popcorn plastic holiday decorations today!
Christmas Melted Popcorn Decorations
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barbara bautz on November 26, 2019:
i have many of the decoratios how will i find what they are worth
Tracy H on September 18, 2017:
Did you ever make anything other than holiday decor?
I remember as a kid in the early 80's having a smurf one and my cousin had the woody woodpecker. I sure wish I still had them back.
Brett A on September 14, 2017:
I am a huge fan of the vintage popcorn decorations. In an earlier post you had mentioned you sold all of the machinery to make it, but you still feel there is a nice market for this. Can you help me out in telling me what kind of machinery you used? How were these made? Is it easy to buy the plastic material again to make them the original way you used to?
Bill Hayes on March 07, 2017:
I shut the manufacturing process down while we were still making a profit on them.
Most of the chain stores we were selling through had gone out of business. They couldn't compete with Target and Walmart. We had several sales representatives and they all told us not to sell to the "big guys". They would have loved to have our glitter plaques, as the were all made in the U.S.A. and they were proven to be excellent sellers. Most holiday decorations are made out of the country.
All we had left to sell through were drug stores and mom and pop shops.
If I was younger and knew how to sell "on-line", I would have kept making them. I think a younger person with that marketing ability could make a lot of money with them. People really do have fond memories of them from their youth and I'm sure they would still sell very well.
I got rid of all the equipment I used to produce them (about ten years ago now) and to start them up again would cost around seventy five thousand dollars. More than I want to invest at my age. I suppose the right manufacturer could make these and sell them to the "big guys". It would be nice to see someone get into it...
Doris on January 01, 2017:
I'm just starting to collect some for holidays other than Christmas. Would love to know how to identify the originals from the knock offs. Also would love to see them back into production.
Ilern on December 28, 2016:
Why did you stop manufacturing them? Is it a product that is not profitable? Do you still have the patent?
Robert Chapman on November 03, 2016:
Do you still have some Available? If so how many. Interested in the Cat and Moon/ Chick in egg / Witch
Bill Hayes on August 18, 2016:
I still have some "Cat on the moon", Witch on the moon", "Chick in egg", "Witch" and "Indian boys".
I have catalogs I made around 1984 that show most of the items we were selling at that time.
Send me a note to Kage Co, 96 Elm Street Ext., Manchester, CT. and I'll send you an order sheet with instructions.
Jason on July 26, 2016:
Hello Mr. Hayes,
I was just wondering if there were any of the old stock mentioned before available.
And if there was any old informationregarding the product line , adds or the such. My wife and ihave slowly created a snowballing collection and would love to have something unique or special to give her a bday gift. I realize that this is a terrible long shot but it is worth a try.
Bill on July 26, 2016:
Every now and then someone would ask us to make plaques in special colors. This red, white and blue donkey was probably ordered by someone wanting to sell them for a democratic fund raising event.
Rebecca on March 28, 2016:
I was wondering if you could help me identify a Glitter Plaque I just picked up at an estate sale this weekend. It is 21 inches, and looks like a donkey maybe?? Blue and white with a red mane and tail. Is it supposed to be a character? Any information you have would be welcome. Thanks,
Bill on February 10, 2016:
I don't have any suggestions.
Which item was it?
Cindy on January 30, 2016:
I am trying to fix one for a friend, but cant seem to find a glue or process that will work. Any suggestions?
Lori Underwood on December 28, 2015:
Bill, may I call you to see what you still have available?
Bill on November 20, 2015:
Mike: No they are not. They were made by that company I mentioned that was in Florida and went out of business in about two years. They were made by a totally different process, which I don't know anything about. They must have stamped them with black lines separating the colors on some type of printing press. They weren't as cute and weren't all hand poured.
Mike on October 25, 2015:
I have alot of melted plastic decorations for all the seasons. Some are visible on both sides and some are only visible on one side. I have been using them every year since the 80s.
Bill Hayes on October 25, 2015:
A company in China, way back when Nixon was President was trying to copy our product and were shipping them into the U.S.A. We had a patent and put a halt to it. The plaques they were making were pure crap.
Another company started up in Florida around 1975 trying to make them. They couldn't get our manufacturing process down and weren't able to compete against us. They went out of business in less than two years.
The few plaques I have left, I sell for $5.00 each, plus UPS shipping charges. I ask that you buy a minimum order of $25.00.
I'd be more than happy to talk to anyone who might have a serious interest in going into manufacturing of the plaques. It's really not that difficult and I think someone could make a lot of money with a modest investment. I've thought about getting back into it myself, and would also have to start from scratch. I got rid of everything that was used to manufacture them 8 years ago.
There's no place that I know of...
Dan Hiteshew on March 20, 2015:
Bill....actually I own a gift /flower shop and we used to purchase glitter plaques from you.... could you please email what you have left and how much they are... they were always good sellers for us....wish maybe someday they could be remade they are a holiday staple.... I also have another question ....when I was a young boy in the early 80's they were your plaques but are u aware of any other makers of similar plauqes...I have turkeys and another witch and many christmas ones that are thinner than yours and mostly only visible on one side.... I remember them selling for 1.00 at the time.... I always wondered about that..... also while I have you..I think it would be interesting to know how they are made...if your willing to give any secrets away..... please email me with prices and what's left. Arc1921@aol.com Thanks....Dan Hiteshew
Bill Hayes on January 28, 2015:
Scott -- I shut down all production of the Glitter Plaques in 2008. I have just a few left that I can sell anyone who may be interested. They are the witch, cat on moon, witch on moon, single candle, and chick in egg. I don't have many of them, just a few boxes.
We made many Glitter Plaques that people never saw. There were elephants, soldiers, astronots, clowns, peace signs, ballerenas, donkeys, praying boys and girls, poodles, owls,panda bears, teddy bears,skunks,kittens,sad sack puppys,football players, hockey players, basebakk players and basketball players.
If I thought someone out there was interested in making them, I might be interested in helping them learn how it's done.
We sold over 80 million of them, so I don't have to tell anyone that their very sellable. They are still adorable!
Scott Barber on September 21, 2014:
@Bill -- do you sell Glitter Plaques still or did you discontinue them? I seem to recall some news stories about them closing down permanently.
William Hayes on March 10, 2014:
I know everything you could possibly want to know about Kage Company and their "Glitter Plaques".
I came to work at Kage in 1969, worked my way up to President around 1985 and bought the company's assetts in 2007.
I changed the name of the business to "Kage Poly Products" at that time and still operate the company out of it's origional building in Manchester, CT.