Oct 20

Thursday Favorite Things: Vintage Red

I’ve always loved old stuff! Actually, I loved vintage before vintage was fashionable  ;o) That’s why it took me by surprise when I discovered a few years ago that all that old “junk” that I had been collecting was actually a new fashion statement. It always seemed when I was growing up that only those of us who couldn’t afford to buy brand-new stuff had to settle for “used,” “second-hand,” or “hand-me-downs.” Now it is a great way to decorate our homes and dress in style!

y favorite color has always been red, and I love gingham (which is also kind of vintage-looking and “cottage style,” I guess) so in my kitchen I have lots of vintage stuff and lots of red, including my favorite red gingham tablecloth. Since vintage is my style  ;o) that also seems to include a rather eclectic mixture of a wide variety of items from teapots to bird houses, roosters and apples, soup cans and cookie tins, vintage cups and saucers, and old kitchen utensils. I love the old flour sifter that is white with a red flower painted on it!

In my laundry room, which is right off of the kitchen, I have a few vintage treasures on a shelf. My laundry room is very small, just barely big enough for the washer and dryer with a little space in between where I can put a laundry basket. Above both the washer and dryer there are shelves for the detergent and bleach, and other stuff that always seems to end up there when we can’t figure out where else to put it.

Then there is one shelf above a mirror and a couple of rooster and apple wall hangings. So I thought that this would be a good spot for the old sprinkler bottle (I remember my mama using one of those when she got the ironing ready), a vintage flat iron, and a charming old alarm clock.  It’s just a bunch of old junk, but it is my old junk, and these are some of my favorite things in our little cottage by the lake.

What are some of your favorite things? I hope you will share them in a blog post today and join the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner today. You can link up your blog post there, and find links to the other “blog hoppers” this week. Hope to see you there! ~~ Nina


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  1. Kelli

    I love red, too–esp. our 1950-ish red dinette set. :o) Thanks for sharing all of your favorite things. They have a lot of character. Love the flour sifter too. Whenever I see one, it always reminds me of the one my grandma had.

  2. Judy Haughton-James

    These vintage things look great. Very interesting post. Red is indeed a beautiful colour to decorate with. We have a beautiful red table cloth that we use on special occasions!:) I note that you have bird houses and roosters. You must be wondering why I have noted this. Well, I am a big bird enthusiast with a huge collection of bird figurines!:) I am a new Follower of your Blog from the Thursday Favourite Things Blog Hop. Have a good Thursday.

  3. Shenita

    Hi Nina! I saw your post on Katherine’s Corner. How nice that you have added these things that bring back childhood memories!! After going thru my neutral phase, I, too, cannot get enough red now! I just love color! I am now your newest follower; and would love to have you follow me, too! God bless you!

  4. Chris Kemp

    Hello, Red is my second favourite colour, purple is number one. I usually put them both together. I love vintage too and I can understand your appreciation of your old world treasures. If you visit my blog you’ll see a bit of vintage there too. TFS
    Hopping from Katherine and Grace’s blogs.

  5. GraceinAZ

    Glad you like old stuff – that should include me! Haha! I don’t have much old stuff, but my nativities are my most favorite thing. I’ll post on them as we get closer to Christmas. Blog hopping from Katherine’s Corner this Thursday! Hugs, GraceinAZ

  6. Cyndy Patterson

    I love your post. Red is my very color and I am just getting into vintage. So thanks so much for sharing…

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