You don’t have to be a gourmet chef or a historian to appreciate retro kitchenware. There is something that makes food taste better when it’s cooked in a vintage Corning Ware dish or served in Lustro Ware. Anchor Hocking’s Fire King makes any hutch look regal. The milk glass grape and cable pattern are a favorite. Jadeite, Depression Glass, Carnival Glass, Fiesta and others look terrific set on an antique pine kitchen table or a vintage Formica dinette set.
Homer Laughlin china has its fans, and Jewel Tea Leaf china has had its own newsletter. Tins give that General Store effect to any pantry, and cookie jars are fun to use as décor. The late Andy Warhol, huge cookie jar collector, would probably agree enthusiastically. Speaking of Warhol, Campbell’s Soups memorabilia and cookbooks, including anything to do with the Campbell Kids is fun to use in a vintage red and white kitchen. The video below shows Andy Warhol’s impressive cookie jar collection that sold to ONE person!
Seasoning one’s food is crucial to any cuisine; salt and pepper shakers have had entire libraries written about them. Holt Howard makes great examples, some like the roosters, are part of a line that includes other rooster themed pieces including plates and pitchers. Many are holiday themed, while others are souvenirs from all sorts of theme parks and attractions.
Old bottles that contained sauces and spices are fun to arrange in windows. Liquor bottles look wonderful decorating a home bar.
Those who love Bakelite aren’t disappointed in kitchenware; red and ivory handled utensils are very desirable collectibles. Green, wooden handled utensils are the holy grail of some collectors, while others love copper anything: tea kettles, molds, cookie cutters, pots, and wall art. Below are some vintage doll-sized retro kitchens on Ruby Lane!
Red and white tablecloths look great with these collectibles and so do cast iron pots and pans. Old stoves can be fitted to work and look amazing. If you have a kitchen fireplace or a brick oven, consider antique popcorn poppers and toast forks. Wooden iceboxes cry out for vintage ice tongs and nutcrackers in all shapes and sizes, figural and practical, could nudge for shelf space with canisters and antique corkscrews, wine bottles, even corks.
If you don’t cook or want cookware or dishes, consider retro paintings of food and fruit, wonderful still life prints, elaborate crocheted potholders, spoon rests, and wooden cookie molds.
Recipes and cookbooks are tons of fun and can be very inexpensive. Plus, you can make the dishes and have a retro party! Of course, Ruby’s Retro Cookbook would be a great accompaniment to any of these great pieces!
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