I was browsing Ebay last week and suddenly this ceramic hippopotamus was all up in my purchase history.
It's totally cutesy, totally kitch, and I'm totally sorry I'm not sorry.
No regrets, though my brother saw it and suggested that I start a Kit-Cat clock collection as well (maybe consider stopping me if my new kitch addiction progresses to that point).
In my defense, take a close-up gander at that big, goofy grin. Makes you feel all all smiles inside, right?
This guy was put out by the Otagiri Mercantile Company, which made a name for itself in the 1960's with a very popular line of tiki mugs. Our blog friend Dana over at Mid2Mod covered Otagiri in an earlier post if you'd like to learn more.
If you hadn't gathered from the slot and stopper, this piece is a piggy... err... hippo bank.
Don't judge me.