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What is it about the cutesy home decorations that situate themselves as vintage linchpins? "Kitsch" — a word borrowed from the German language and meaning something comparable to “cheapness” — eludes a solid definition but lives somewhere among the cartoonishly bold, sometimes garish objects ingrained in popular culture.
Despite or perhaps because of) its lack of defined — or refined — style, kitsch lives on, pervading each generation with a unique gaudiness. Ahead, discover eight of our favorites, from nesting dolls to garden gnomes.