Monday, January 10, 2011
Practical Vintage Collections | Family Economics
It seems like everyone has a favorite thing to collect. I have several, but my favorite collections are those that not only serve my decorative senses but also have a practical purpose.
Here are a few fun collections that can actually be put to use:
1. Vintage kitchen canisters: Not only darling on the counter tops, but great used in other areas of your home as well. Look for canisters that are non-labeled to use in the bathroom for swabs, cotton balls, hair accessories, personal necessities or even to hide a spare roll of toilet paper. Vintage kitchen canisters are also great for holding supplies, such as pencils, staplers and index cards in your home office or homework area. Beautify your laundry room with canisters that can hold powdered detergent and dryer sheets.
2. Vintage (or new!) neck scarves: Beautiful displays can be made by hanging scarves from loops made from curtain rings or a row of coat hooks. The practical side of scarves is clear, but displaying them for their beauty when not in use is a great decorating idea.
3. Cups and glasses: I collect silver baby cups, but tea cups and pretty crystal glasses or colorful printed tumblers can have many uses. Group them together as centerpieces for holding fresh flowers at parties and events or fill with candy or floating candles. Cups with handles, such as baby cups or tea cups, can be strung from light fixtures or tree branches for easy baby or bridal shower décor.
4. Vintage linens: Vintage colorful tablecloths serve a great purpose for any occasion to brighten up the room but look awesome folded and stacked high. Vintage floral pillowcases are great to have on hand for overnight guests and throw pillows in the family room but they also work great for laundry bags, quick overnight bags for the kids and look so pretty folded and stacked on a shelf in the bedroom or linen closet fresh from the dryer.
Do you collect items with a practical purpose?