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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vintage Tins

While out thrifting yesterday I came across these three very different tins. One is a "Springy" Mary Engelbreit  design, next, an English tin that looks like an old tole tray and one made in Germany that is reminiscent  of Delft ware. Each cost less than $2. 

Vintage tins are a fun and inexpensive way to accessorize your home. Tins come in all sizes and shapes, colors, patterns and styles. There are vintage advertising tins, biscuit boxes, spice tins, cigar and tobacco tins, canisters and tins for shoe polish. Christmas cookie tins, Easter candy tins, the list goes on and on. 

On my drive home I realized that I have accumulated quite a few tins without even trying. In other words, I don't consider my a collector. I have very little knowledge of vintage tins and their value, I just think they're pretty!

I incorporate charming tins into many of my tabletop vignettes.

Here are some of my Holiday  tins stored away.

 This set of Dutch canisters came from my 
grandmother's house.

I keep various boxes and tins in the home office filled with stamps, paper clips and rubber bands. 

My other grandmother who was  a folk artist 
painted most of these. 

If there is any one style I prefer, it is these Quimper biscuit tins. I keep some in the kitchen, the rest are in my sewing closet filled with notions, buttons and thread.

I was in England in 2002 the year of the Queen's Jubilee and bought of box of shortbread cookies. The tin is a lovely reminder of that fun trip. Why don't we package our sweets so beautifully?

My collection is quite eclectic. Here is a vintage French tin I keep next to a Swedish one of a Carl Larsson painting. 

And of course I have tins in the pantry. They actually are filled with oats, cocoa and chocolate chips. 
I just refill as necessary.

This old tobacco tin is a perfect size for holding my recipe cards. 

And in the bathroom I use vintage tins to hold soap, sachets and potpourri.

And finally, my collection of tartan tins. They look great in my Scottish themed bathroom!

And now it's time to get out all of my Easter tins!

I'll be joining


  1. Fun collection! I've lots of tins too, but never considered it a collection. They are just ones we use to store things just like you. Love seeing your Quimper tins. Of course, I have a few of those myself. I like to use them to serve cookies, etc. at parties or meetings. Years ago, I gave away some of my "food" tins to a friend who wanted to use them in her triplet boys' nursery. There was a great Animal cracker tin in the group that I sorta wish I'd kept. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing these. I'm going to add a photo of the tartan group to my Pinterest board.

  2. How beautiful, I especially like how you used the plaid. What a great idea. I do have a small collection of tins that I enjoy. I pick them up whenever I find them at garage sales or thrift shops. They make great hiding places for craft supplies

  3. Oh my goodness....I am in LOVE! Wow, what a collection and thank you so much for sharing! I enjoyed the post! Leticia

  4. What a beautiful, beautiful collection! Your grandmother's Dutch, Queen's Jubilee, and tartans, outstanding! Visiting you from Shabbilicious Fridays.

  5. Wow, you have such a gorgeous collection! I definitely need to find a new thrift store, I never find anything this charming!

  6. I have those Dutch canisters and I love them. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  7. I love thse vintage tins.... The Quimper ones and tartan ones really caught my eye. Ok, I'm now going to follow you on bloglovin... Two posts in a row that I adore!