Vintage in the Kitchen

Working at a cooking retailer, and selling vintage kitchen items on Etsy, I seem to have kitchen wares on the brain at all times (just ask any of my family members!), so I’ve decided to share a bit on the blog. I’m pulling together some kitchen-related gift registry tips for next week, but I don’t want to overlook the specialness of bringing something vintage or antique into the kitchen for a sweet and eclectic look.

Plus, this little project gave me an excuse to get out some of my Etsy shop items and try them out staged together in harmony… To be honest I love the look of all these pieces together!

Vintage in the Kitchen

Vintage lovers, did you know you can create a gift registry on Etsy, in addition to the old standard big-box stores? I highly recommend it–using vintage items is so eco-friendly! What’s the second “R,” after all? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! While new things are always nice, like a brand new set of pots and pans, for example, you can register for some kitchen standards like a cast-iron dutch oven, which has not changed in design or manufacturing process for decades. Other things are fun, too like kitchen canisters or ice cream dishes.

Vintage in the Kitchen

The thing about iconic brands like Pyrex is that they have been around for ages for a reason–their glass is durable and high-quality! These canisters are up for sale in my Etsy shop but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t covet them for my own kitchen.

Vintage in the Kitchen

Vintage in the Kitchen

Le Creuset cast iron wares, or Pyrex and Corning casserole dishes are all-stars for a reason when it comes to pretty designs and functionality. Getting your paws on one can be as easy as raiding your mother’s kitchen (which is what I did), combing through the shelves at Goodwill, or let someone do the hunting and cleaning for you–grab it on Etsy. Remember that Etsy purchases directly affect someone’s income–a fact I know from experience! I am just a casual seller but when I get a little extra cash from one of my sales it can make my whole week! Some people spend all their time and energy on their shop and in fact make it a full-time job. What a dream! Small-business at its finest.

Vintage in the Kitchen

And just so this post doesn’t totally sound like an advertisement for my shop in particular, here are some amazing Etsy sellers I’ve been stalking for a while:

Object of Beauty – Mid-century/Danish items

Franc & Francis – Global vintage home items

YASTK – Global inspired pillows and textiles

Antique Postcards in the Bathroom

Recently Doug and I were perusing a huge antique mall and spent a little more time than usual in a vendor’s space that had old postcards and photographs from around the world. It was organized really nicely and all 50 states were broken up so we looked at all the Kansas postcards!

For those who attended our wedding, it’s no surprise that we love antique postcards. We had a box of them for people to “write to us” as an alternative to a guestbook.

 

We actually found many postcards from Hutchinson, the town where Doug was born, and even found one from McPherson, where we lived. We nabbed the McPherson one up and Doug picked his favorite Hutchinson locale and I knew exactly what frame they would go in when we got home.

Hutchinson Postcard

McPherson Postcard

We used to take Mosey for long walks in this very park!

The bathroom has proved to be a tricky place to hang art. We have the perfect long and narrow frame for one space (you can see it reflected in the mirror below) but there was an awkward place above the hand towels (look in the reflection in the medicine cabinet–below, right). Psst… These photos were lazily plucked from my Home Tour. ;) 

Bathroom Peek

Note: The bathroom area is tiny and full of mirrors–not so easy to shoot! 

Anyway, I reused a very cheap $5 frame I picked up at Wal-Mart years ago. It already came with a mat in it–so this little project was seriously a no-brainer. The small size of the frame looks ok since the towel bar is weirdly high. All in all, it makes me smile to see these reminders of where we’ve been!

Postcards in frame

Postcards in frame

Have you done any inexpensive and sentimental updates lately?

Petite Copine

Sorry for the radio silence earlier this week! I have been busy, busy, busy taking product shots and accomplishing a goal I have had for quite some time now… setting up a little Etsy shop!

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I had been racking my brain to come up with a cute name. Etsy shops have the reputation of being quirky and cute, and I wanted a name that would fit the bill. I’d been fixated on names like “Something & Something” since the ampersand is so hip right now, but when “Petite Copine” floated through my mind I knew it felt right. The phrase means “girlfriend” in French. It’s French without being too foreign, and fits the cute qualification. Plus, it makes me smile when I see it, and that is the important part.

I always knew that I would love to sell vintage goodies, but I never knew that taking product shots and writing descriptions would be so much… FUN! Yes, it is a lot of work, too, which is why I skipped a blog post on Wednesday. I have had a huge learning curve with taking super-up-close shots, using natural light (on a cloudy day), and telling the story of each item in a straight-forward but still creative and attractive way.

Check out some of my favorite listings…

Melamine Plates

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Pyrex Flameware

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the pink depression glass that I’ve written about here before, and I am in the process of editing those photos right now. I do have some cool mid-century goodies up on the shop right now, and I invite you to take a look!

When it comes to vintage stuff, especially useful vintage stuff, I love the idea of someone buying to collect, but even moreseo someone buying it to use. Every piece in my shop right now still has been around for decades, and still has decades of use left in it! “They” always say “they don’t make ____ like they used to!” Well, this is how they used to make things–and these items are searching for their new kitchen home.

Additionally, I am offering all My Friend Staci readers 10% off in the store with coupon code MFSBLOG10. Go ahead and click over! 

Nothing in my store speak to you? Well, poke your head in over at one of my besties’ store, Tree Cricket, and see if you have any luck there. :)