Woman's Work: Utilitarian Kitchen Collectibles

I always am drawn to vintage utilitarian kitchen utensils and cookware, used by mostly women, in their heyday.  I found this bread board for $1 at an estate sale recently.

Vintage Kitchen Utensil Vignette
I think the coil stove element "burn mark" made the piece "extra special".  I know it was used for cooking family meals in the 1950's.  I recently picked up the whisk at a consignment shop for $1.



Vintage Kitchen Utensil Vignette
The cracker canister (Blue Magic Krispy Kan) was not my Grandma's but she had one just like it when I was growing up.  The glass knob on top had "stay fresh" crystals.  And, of course the wood mashers are one of my recent obsessions.

Vintage Kitchen Utensil Vignette
Old tins are fun too.  Especially red!

Vintage Kitchen Utensil Vignette
This is a vintage french fry cutter with a Listerine bottle of Rosemary on top.

Vintage Kitchen Utensil Vignette
Vintage French Fry Cutter, Listerine Bottle with Rosemary, Campbell's Folger's and Natco tins, 3 wooden mashers, a cracker tin, whisk, and 2 old wooden breadboards.
I love to put my kitchen collections together in vignettes.

Vintage Kitchen Utensil Vignette


Vintage Kitchen Utensil Vignette
This one will probably be in place until fall.

I found this vintage Kromex spun aluminum bread box at a consignment shop for $8 about a week ago.  I am not sure if I will use it for bread or just for displays.  It is in very nice shape.
Vintage breadbox
Kromex Spun Aluminum Bread Box.
Do you remember them?

Vintage breadbox


And lastly I purchased a washboard for $10.  It's rusty but unusual.  I don't have any with the rounded metal top.
Vintage Washboard

Vintage Washboard
National Washboard Co Metal Top
It's made by National Washboard Co.

I will be posting a garden tour very soon.  A few more perennials need to come into bloom first.


















27 comments:

  1. I love them all and have had some of them that I have used for years, except the french fry cutter, that one is new to me. How fun. I would love for you to link to my Inspire Me party that is live - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/07/173rd-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hugs, Marty

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  2. I love the bread board. It certainly has a story to tell us. I look for them everywhere and love to layer them.

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  3. I love all your treasures. That cracker container is so so cute. Love that. The cutting board I agree it now has history and chippy character. Love that.
    Kris

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  4. Love ALL THAT RED!
    The tins are cool-- I remember those cracker tins with the crystals in the top. My Granny had one too.
    That french fry cutter is cute...
    I have been wanting a vintage bread box and finally found one last year, it is Avocado Green <3 ...Love it.
    I use mine for bread. :P

    Pat

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  5. I just love your kitchen collection because of all the memories associated with the cool old items. Those tins are just the thing. Can't beat a red folgers tin like that. Then there's that bread box. It seems people are finding those all over, but I've not managed to come across any. Love the way you put everything together as always, Carlene!
    Liz

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  6. I love the cracker tin! My mother had one when we were growing up. I think I need to find one for our oldest granddaughter who loves to eat Saltine crackers. Better than cookies, I guess.

    Fun little kitchen vignette. Or would it be kitchenette? :)

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  7. Love how your display of kitchen utensils looks. Tell me about the black and white art. Love it, where did you find it? Thanks.

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  8. I love old kitchen utensils too! They are just full of character. I still use some of mine. Love the vignette you made using them.

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  9. Carlene ... Just love your kitchen collections and your interesting displays. All the red looks so good with the old wood.I just went through tubs of my wooden collections and amazed as to how many mashers I have collected. They are fun to collect as they too, have a story to tell.
    Thanks for sharing your collections.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  10. Great finds...love everything!! What a cute cracker canister! Love how you have displayed everything...so cute!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. I LOVE your display!!! Just a hint of what I did with an old bread box....I keep it on my kitchen counter beside my Keirig coffee maker....it holds the K-cups for it!!! Take care and I love all that you do!!! Donna Kelly

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  12. Carlene,
    I LOVE this sweet vignette!! And i am sure you know that i LOVE the reds!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  13. Only you would think to use a french fry cutter as a stand! How fun! Looking forward to your garden tour post!

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  14. I love your kitchen vignette, my mother in law used to have a cracker can just like yours! You have quite a knack to make old things look great!
    Jenna

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  15. mmhmm! I have those vintage kitchen utensils hanging up in my kitchen too and they are my favorite things in the room!

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  16. I love your kitchen vignette in red! I'm lucky enough to have some of my Grandmas red handled utensils and they give my relatively new kitchen the style I like,...40s! You're giving me ideas....
    Sue at Flea Market Gardening

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  17. I never knew what to do with my French fry cutter! You did something cute and surprising! It caught my eye right away!

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  18. What a great vignette using vintage kitchen items. I want to use mine somehow and this is inspiring me as you so often do!!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  19. You've got a wonderful collection of vintage items, and I love how you've put them together!! The bread board has so much character!
    Susan

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  20. Love all the red finds. I've been collecting some vintage red kitchen items myself, but don't have them displayed yet. I'm looking for a big bread bowl to place the kitchen tools in, but no luck yet.

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  21. You have the most incredible items -
    I WAS over the top happy because I finally have a cloche ( sort of ) and then I come here............:( lol
    Beautiful things - I really love the wooden mashers ( and I wouldn't have had a clue what they were until you mentioned that!!!
    XOXO

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  22. A beautiful arrangement! I'd have to agree about the burn mark making that board extra special.

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  23. I love the pop of the red tins! Red is my favorite vintage color and I love tins. Found you on Share your Cup! Thanks! Visit me at www.gfpastorswife.blogspot.com

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  24. I love the character of the bread board. I guess you could sand it off if it really bothers, but I like it.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  25. Love your blog. You have talent, creativity, and give me inspiration. Thank you for sharing. I am a new follower.

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  26. New Follower..NOW you have me thinking I need to start looking for a few MORE tins..NEVER have seen that campbells soup item

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  27. Carlene, the coil burn does bring visual interest to the cutting board. Definitely a conversation piece. I love the cracker tin, have never seen one like it. I too love vintage kitchen utensils. I picked up a few new ones last weekend at a yard sale. I have the same French fry cutter. I like how you displayed it. Never thought of opening it up that way. Mine is in the top of one of my basement glass cabinets. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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