1. Pyrex Bowls and Pyrex ware in different colors: Nothing beats those colorful nesting bowls, white inside, red, green, yellow, and blue outside. Everything mixed up and served in them somehow taste better. Ingredients measured in Pyrex glass measuring cups somehow worked better.
2. Aprons: Millions of grown women today probably had the experience of sewing an apron as a first Home Ec project. Ours was in blue gingham, trimmed in Holly Hobbie printed material.
3. Rolling Pins: Good rolling pins or Springerle rolling cooking molds are more than just a weapon Alice Kramden might have considered wielding in her cold-water flat against the irascible Ralph. Glass examples, and plastic Tupperware-type varieties, were meant to be filled with water and then used to roll out the dough. Many of us remember our grandmothers rolling pie dough from scratch.
Rolling pins are practical antiques; in good shape, you can still use them. They also look wonderful hanging on a wall, sort of an instant art tableau-tribute to the art of baking. Hanging utensils and pan on the wall to use and to display was a favorite trick of Julia Child. Look at the PBS reruns of her show, and you will see all kinds of wonderful jugs, pans, and gadgets hanging on the kitchen walls surrounding her.
4. Jell-O Molds: These fun kitchen items have become part of the holiday landscape in American households. Annie’s Avenue Antiques boasts a minty Tupperware Jell-O mold that just begs for crab mousse! Jell-O cookbooks featuring Rose O’Neill’s Kewpies, and other vintage ads are on Ruby Lane. If you refer copper molds, there are gelatin molds, ring molds, and fish molds enough to create a kitchen gallery.
5. Chef and cook figurines and chef themed kitchen linens and towels: You don’t have to be a Cordon Bleu chef to appreciate chef and cook figurines and memorabilia. A collection of them displayed around a vintage kitchen add a dash of inspiration and a dollop of whimsy to any recipe created there. Vintage Toby jugs fit well into this category and look great peeping out from a shelf on an old spice cabinet.
Bonus: Fruit prints, fake food, and kitchen minis [including refrigerator magnets] More fun collectibles for your vintage kitchen include fake food in all sizes, kitchen miniatures, and tiny toy kitchens. Some rare examples are dolls whose skirts open up to a miniature pantry complete with dishes and copper kettles.
Some collectors like to use the fake food, loaves of bread, and pastries to enhance tables and place settings of antique and vintage dishes, linen napkins, and utensils. Some of the fake fruit was used in displays of stoves and fridges at Sears, Wards, and appliance stores. Refrigerator magnets are fun to collect and are nice souvenirs to bring home. Others like to collect the fifty United States to make a map on their vintage fridge. Kitchen tins are fun to collect, and some make a charming home for the magnets! Tablecloths, botanical prints of fruits, flowers, and grains, fruit paintings, still life paintings with fruits and other foods all make great décor for vintage kitchen and pantry collections.
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