Saturday, November 5, 2011

Decorating with Vintage Items

The definition of antique varies, even among experts.  According to the U.S. Customs Service, an item must be over 100 years old to be considered antique, but the term can be used loosely and applied to items much younger than that.  I'll use the term vintage to describe a collection of items I received recently from my mother-in-law, since I know none of these are over 100 years old, but may well be 50 years old. 

This is one side of my U-shaped kitchen.

 Close-Up of the above items.

 Horlick's Malted Milk jar.  I looked on Ebay and this is worth some money!

 See the two metal cans stacked up on each other?  One is a lard container.

  This is the cabinet to the right of my sink. 

 Close-Up of the above cabinet.

You can see that I mostly got old Ball jars, some with zinc lids.  I appreciate my mother-in-law sharing what she can no longer use with the family, and I'm thrilled to have these vintage items to display in my kitchen.


LeeAnn from NC said...

I like the metal cans the best. Nice collection, Ginny !

Heidi said...

I love all these jars! They have such character. Love your kitchen cupboards too. I have a boring white flat doors in my kitchen but we are not putting money into changing it. I added rustic looking handles which improved it since there were none at all on the doors.

Hugs from Holland ~