My grandmother used this set of canisters for their intended purpose as did her mother before.
I prefer to display these sentimental objects.
Their regular use in the past means they are not in the best of shape and I am missing one lid. That container has become my countertop lollipop storage and beats the bag it came in as a functional container.
I love using vintage and antique containers for all of the ugly, ordinary stuff that would otherwise be on view.
If you didn't inherit this sort of thing I advise you head out, right now, to each and every thrift store in your area to look for containers.
Here are a few of my "thrifted" containers and their contents.
I couldn't stand the ripped Crayola box another second.
Is it breakable? Yes. Is it precious? No. It is a milk glass cachepot with a chip and it works to hold crayons that were threatening a coup of my family room.
Not terribly exciting but I liked the 50 cent glass and made it hold Q-tips for now. It sits atop an antique butter plate that I used a a soap dish until I put liquid soap in that bath.
Maybe we are strange (I know I am) but we need an array of pencils, pens, Sharpies and scissors everyday.
I put mine in this large, antique engraved glass jar that I picked up for a buck. It has a minor chip.
This silverplate candleholder (?) with lid holds scented oils and matches out view but at the ready.
Have you used pretty little things to keep ordinary items?