What is a Tchotchke anyway?
Well according to Wikipedia (and when have they ever failed me?)...
Tchotchke (Typically pronounced "CHACH-kee") are small toys, gegaws, knickknacks, baubles, lagniappes, trinkets, or kitsch. The term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability, as well as tackiness, and has long been used by Jewish-Americans and in the regional speech of New York City.
I have a soft spot for retro ceramic tchotchkes - these guys are a few favourites of mine.