Wednesday, April 29

Vintage Finds for a Modern World: Re-Purposed Glass.

I love the look of old glass - from unique bottles to vintage cold cream jars, I love their beautiful thick glass, and old tin lids. I re-purpose bottles for a variety of uses around the house, and if they're attractive enough, like Sophia Coppola's shapely Rosé bottle, I use them on my dining room table to serve chilled drinking water to guests. Or, I add a stopper and put my best olive oil in them. Things just look nicer when they're poured from pretty glass.


I also use old jars to store kitchen condiments and tea in, as well as my daily bath products, like q-tips and cotton swabs. I can display them decoratively, and yet still have them handy for every day use. I also use old kitchen jars to store all my pens & pencils, vintage postcards arts & craft supplies, old twine, paper clips and push-pins. They look organized and clutter-free, plus I can always see what I'm looking for through the lovely glass. Glass jars and bottles aren't just for the recycle bin, they're wonderful storage containers for an abundance of objects around the house. So, take a good look at your empty glass containers before tossing them, or look for inexpensive vintage finds at your local thrift shops, flea markets, or on eBay.

6 comments:

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Beatriz Kim said...

Love the idea! I use them for holding water, turpentine, linseed oil, and such for painting. I never thought of using them for stationary. Thanks for the tip.

carina said...

Love this post! Reminded me that my grandparents always served water out of gorgeous re-purposed glass containers.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

I too love old jars!

We have quite a stash - every time I dig in a new plant, I unearth old jars and what a bonus if they are in tact. The old, eccentric who lived his life here before us didn't believe in garbage service and buried it all in the back yard. In honor of our annual Summer Solstice party I pull out his old 'medicine' bottles and fill them with flowers.

victoria thorne said...

had to do a double take...the same jar with the same mailing labels resided in my "art cabinet" for years...

beautiful and amazing, as always, great sfgirlbybay style!

Claire said...

Horay for re-purposed jars!