I’m so happy to get back into the blogging swing after a very hectic end of summer for our little family. I’m even happier to be back with some amazing bloggers to show y’all more ways we incorporate vintage items in our homes. This time its all about small storage solutions – crocks, crates, baskets, even trays and tins. Anything that you can use to wrangle items and do it prettily.
One of the things I love about using vintage items is the history they carry. I’m lucky enough to have several family heirlooms so I know their history by heart. I feel like I’m honoring the memories of those who loved these items by using them. Even if its in a different way than they were originally intended.
This picnic basket once belonged to my great-grandparents. Now, it serves as toy storage for our toddler and gets put to good use every single day.
I use an old champagne bucket from my parents’ wedding to hold my kitchen utensils. How often do you use a champagne bucket to actually hold champagne? Exactly. Probably not ever. By repurposing it as kitchen storage, its used constantly. That’s way better than it languishing in my parents’ basement for another 30 years.
This crock was used by my great, great-grandparents to churn butter. Its now been put to several uses in our house. Last winter, I lined it with a pillowcase and it held our gloves and hats. Now it holds a pretty little (faux!) fern in our entry. My grandmother has several more of these crocks at her house. One even serves as a toy chest. I guess repurposing items runs in my family!
I found this cool vintage locker basket at the Nashville Flea Market several years ago. Its made several rounds in our house, too! From corralling my husband’s hats to baby shoes to now holding cookbooks, its done it all. I can’t decide what I love more, how functional or how pretty it is. That’s a winning combination in my book.
In our living room, every type of clutter catcher/organizer/concealer gets put to use. I recently found that sweet rusty tin in our upstairs guest room closet. The previous owners left behind so much stuff. Most of it got thrown away, but his little guy was hidden away and saved. I was instantly smitten when I found it and have been putting it to good use. Its the perfect size to hold my vintage mason jars and its great for stashing TV remotes, too.
The wicker tray is part of a larger tea tray that was my grandmother’s. I love having it out to hold magazines, candles and coasters on our coffee table. Those items seem less like clutter when they’re contained on a tray. I love using this blue crate as an all around storage item. From blankets to toys and extra pillows, its stores everything and is great to have handy.
As I mentioned earlier, trays help prevent areas from looking cluttery. This mirrored tray was my great-grandmother’s. It sets on my dresser and holds an ever changing array of things. Most commonly its a landing ground for pacifiers and change. I decided to spare y’all that and showcase my great, great-grandmother’s pearl necklace instead. Just look at the amazing patina on this. It makes me so happy to use something that has been cherished for so many years.
If you are lucky enough to have family pieces, put them to use! Antiques were made to be used and loved. Think outside of the box when you are perusing antique shops or going junkin’. Vintage items can lend a unique quality to your home and serve a useful purpose. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.
Don’t forget to check out the links below to find out how those creative ladies use vintage items in their homes. If you missed my last post on blending vintage and modern items, be sure to check it out, too!