Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Vintage Touch

Over my lunch break, I went antiquing. This is an especially dangerous thing to do when you have no money to spend. And today was no different.

Even though I live in an apartment and can't do an extensive remodel or paint things or rip out cabinets and carpet, I can add some vintage touches to it. I've slowly been doing that over the last year or so that I've lived there, but I've left the kitchen alone for the most part.

Today, while browsing through the gazillion antiques on display, I had the idea to buy some vintage tins for the kitchen - i.e. old spice tins, fruit tins, and any kind of food-related containers like the ones pictured below, and put them up on the very top shelves in my kitchen to add a nice vintage touch.

Only I didn't realize just how expensive these little items would be. Isn't it amazing that a canister of baking soda from the 1940s or 1950s costs $6 now (without the baking soda, of course!)? Or an empty coffee can is $17? I'm starting to think I need to save my own food containers and sell them 50 years from now!

Of course, that's not the only vintage item I'd like to feature in the kitchen. There were some lovely trays that would look stunning as well as some cute salt and pepper shakers that would be adorable perched atop different appliances.

The only problem I foresee with this whole arrangement is the cleaning aspect. That's just more to
dust, and I hate dusting as it is! But I suppose it would be worth it to turn my thoroughly modern kitchen into a cute reminder of the past.


  1. I have a few vintage items in my kitchen and love them but not too many--I hate to dust too!

  2. I don't have any, I'm sorry to say. Those are gorgeous.

  3. I love old labels. They seem so vibrant, especially the blue shades. A have quite a number of vintage salt n' pepper shakers. Love'em, but they're a chore to dust.

  4. Melissa, it's a chic touch of vintage that's calling your name. You love history, it suits your passion, and will bring lots of charm to your kitchen. Go for it :)

  5. I love vintage things like this. There is something so comforting about them it seems.

  6. I love going into other people's homes and seeing vintage items. And antique stores--oh, fun stuff!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. I have very few. That case is gorgeous! Chalk full of yummy goodies from yesteryear. How fun!

  8. Absolutely! And you can build up such collections slowly, so it hurts less. Watch at thrift stores, too. Treasures lurk everywhere.


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