Colored ceramic soap dishes and shelves for the tub and shower area — NOS from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s

yellow soap dish pink soap dish blue soap dishUpdate: World of Tile has now closed. See our story on the liquidation sale going on through about Nov. 15 here.

Pastel pink soap dishes, mint green soap dishes, regency blue soap dishes — and more — you can get them all at, yes: The magical mystical World of Tile, our favorite place for New Old Stock (NOS) 50s, 60s and 70s bathroom and kitchen tile, sinks, and more

ceramic soap dishes in lots of colors

If you are looking to replace a soap dish that is broken, I would instruct you to do the same thing as if you are looking for replacement tile: Send Chippy an actual sample, so that she can see if she can match it.

soap dishes in 1970s and 1980s colorsIf you are building a bathroom from scratch, you have more room to play. I absolutely adore the soap dishes just above. I guess you’d call them late 1960s or 1970s? I never thought I would get so excited about a soap dish. As I told the New York Times, it is very painful that “my house is done.” I need to sell this one and get another, so that I can renovate it with whole roomfuls of tile from World of Tile.

vintage NOS ceramic soap dishesI am trying to show you all the photos of World of Tile’s soap dishes. They are all in one circular room, just off the main showroom.

NOS colored soap dishesIf you are building a bathroom from scratch, as I said, you will have more flexibility in choosing your soap dishes. But, you are still going to have to be matchy-matchy to a degree — you’ll have to select a “field tile” first. If you want to get an “entire bathroom” from World of Tile, maybe you could plan a vacation that gets you into the area. They are about 7 miles from the Newark Airport. If you can drive there, maybe rent a small van with enough capacity on the rear axle to haul a heavy load of tile home? This stuff is heavy to ship.

colored ceramic soap dishes for the tub surroundPlan on staying in the area couple of days — because you are going to need at least several hours to look at everything at World of Tile, have them check inventory levels, and mull over your final decisions. Be sure ahead of time to bring all your measurements — to know the s.f. of tile you will need.

ceramic soap dishes for the tub and shower areaDon’t forget bullnose, base cove, inside corners, outside corners…. Chippy also can advise you on how much extra to order to accommodate the waste created when you cut the tiles to fit.

For more information and where-to-buy: World of Tile, Springfield, NJ

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  1. Mary says

    My house was built in 1959 and it has all the original ceramic towel bars, soap holders, toilet paper holders, etc. It also has all the original glass door knobs and light switches. I love my home. I love your site and I’m finding out that I love the ’60’s and ’70’s furniture and accessories very much.

  2. Pete Eller says

    I am confused as to how I can place an order for some of the items on your website. Can you help me understand? I need a white ceramic recessed soap dish.

    Thanks for the help

    • pam kueber says

      Pete, you need to identify the retailer discussed in the story — I generally provide a link (in blue or bright blue) and then go to their website to connect with them, order, etc.

  3. Grace Gardiner says

    Does any one know their store hours? None noted on their site, I have tried calling this morning, no one answers. I live in CT, in VA now, would love to stop there on the way home….Thank you for the info…

      • Grace Gardiner says

        Don’t understand why they haven’t posted store hours on their site, and maybe some pics of their merchandise…I found out about this store from someone in my area in CT, I need to replace a soap dish from the 60’s or plug hole and replace w/ tiles….haven’t had any luck w/ either…new tiles are a larger 4 x 4, go figure…I love your piece on this shop….guess it will mean a special trip down on a week day..:-(

    • pam kueber says

      I don’t sell anything here, Barbara. All the places to get these are listed in the stories themselves.

  4. Connie Teixeira says

    I wqrote before and think I lost an email. I am looking for a Fairfacts company black soap niche. The numbe ron the back of the one that broke is F-164. Do you have one? How is the condition? what is the Price? I appreciate your help

    thank you

    • pam kueber says

      I don’t sell anything here. See the story for the retailer profiled. Also use my Search bar — search “World of Tile” they have lots of black soap dishes, I think.

    • pam kueber says

      We don’t sell anything here — you need to refer to the companies listed in the story. Good luck.

  5. Diana Cowden says

    Where can I find a vintage old cast iron bathtub to match my vintage crane sink. My sink is the one that has the half moon water basin. There is a little raised panel on the front of the sink and the same on the bathtub. I am doing a second bathroom and have the same sink in the second bathroom, but someone had put in an ugly new tub. So looking for another cast iron tub, right side apron, 5 feet in white.

  6. Joyce says

    I am looking for a medium beige corner soap dish in
    ceramic..Can I get one from this web site?
    Thanks for the help.

    • pam kueber says

      We do not sell anything here. Use the search to get to stories about where to find soap dishes…

    • pam kueber says

      We do not sell anything here. You need to refer to the sources listed in the stories. Also see our Bathroom Help categories. Lots of resources for these…

  7. Vita says

    Need to find a 50’s gray wall mount bathtub soap dish, preferably with the grab bar. Not sure how to reach World of Tile which is supposed to be reopening. Any other suggestions?


  8. Aime RICCI says

    I need a recessed Metal Chrome Plated bathtub soap dish with mounting hardware that will fit a hole in the wall 5.125″ X 5.125″. Where can I get it?
    Thank you for helping.

  9. lizzie says

    HI Out there! Can anyone help?
    Doing a bathrm renovation due to a leak. Classice black and white w basketweave floor. Trying to find replacment wall tiles and never knew it could be so hard to find the right shade of white!!
    Pulled an old one off the wall – looks like it says MOSAIC on the back. Local tile store says it used be a tile manufacturer in the 1930s or 40s. ANY idea how to hunt these down? Thank you!

    ALSO looking for recessed soap dish – 3″ depth, 8″ length, approx 4″ height – old one on the rubble pile – broken.


    • pam kueber says

      Mosaic Tile Co. – no longer in business. See all our tile research in Bathroom Help / Tile Ideas & Help subcategory.

      Recessed soap dishes are in Accessories, I think… or use the Search box, it works well.

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