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  1. Koni Billings says:

    Why, why, why is it that when you are young and think everything is so ugly because it is old and not new, you just toss it out to Goodwill or the trash? Can someone explain why I thought that Harvest Gold or Avacado Green or Burnt Orange were THE colors and patterns to be kept for always??? Oh gosh, when I think back on what I thought was a true “seventh wonder of the world”. My Nana had these everywhere. She kept needles and pins, or licorice candy, or receipts she wanted, in them. When she passed, no one wanted the old battered things. I remember well looking at the “Holland haulmark” on them and wondering if that is where they came from, why were we Scots? Hahaha. Ohhh, for the old days.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      So true, Koni! We threw out old barkcloth curtains from our cabin:( And, yes, a couple of these tins were my Grandma’s; they remind me of her:)

  2. I am always drawn to these pretty containers too. I think I even have a couple for sale in my Etsy shop right now, unfortunately they aren’t great sellers for me… I wonder if it’s because people don’t know what to do with them? Love the way you grouped them together and displayed them!


    1. I found my first Daher tin many years ago at a thrift store. I’d never seen anything like it before, and I thought it was just the prettiest thing ever. The inside wasn’t in good shape, but I made a perfect new lining for it out of tin foil and have used it ever since to store my coffee. It’s so delightful to start every morning by scooping your coffee out of something so lovely. Ever since then I’ve had my eye out for them and now I enjoy a collection of Daher tea tins, cookie tins, plates, bowls, and trays livening up a variety of spaces in my home. I’ll pick up other pretty decorative tins that I find as well. I love Baret Ware tins, but I have only found a few of those. Baret Ware trays are very well made, noticeably heavy and substantial. I’m always pleased to find one at a thrift store or rummage sale. I’ve found some very nice tins with the colorful, ornate, elaborate designs I love that were made in Brazil, and one of my favorite cookie tins was made in Poland. I read your post about the table full of green Depression glass you got for $18. I love the way you describe how seeing all that old frilly green glass made your heart go pitter-pat. (Mine too!) Well that’s how I feel whenever I see one of these gorgeous tins sitting on a dusty shelf with a 50¢ price tag scribbled on painter’s tape. Bingo!

      1. Lora Bloomquist says:

        Putting coffee in one of them is a great idea, Lori! I’ll have to look up Baret Ware; now you’ve got me wondering what those are! And yes, a 50 cent price tag on pretty much anything makes my heart beat fast! Thanks so much for your fun comment!

    2. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I’m sure you’ll spy some, now that you’re on the hunt, Julie! Totally your style, girl!