Thrift Store Finds For the Kitchen

Last week, on a work-related trip, which took me 90 miles north of DC to Hagerstown, MD, I happened to drive by a antique/thrift store and couldn’t help but take a peek inside.  I must say, the store had a very odd assortment of things—from Christmas-related modern crafts to antique furniture and numerous collections of beer stein mugs.

However, after scouring the place and searching high and low, I did find a couple of {cheap} gems that are now happy members of my growing addiction collection of kitchen containers and jars.

Here’s what I ended up picking up:


Quaker Oats Tin   – $2.99

Ok, so this really isn’t an antique at all.  In fact, the bottom of the tin clearly states that it was a special edition oats container from…wait for it….1992.  I guess nearly 20 years does make it sort of antique-y?  My grandfather would be horrified by that last statement.  Oh well. 

But I still could not resist.  It was cheap, had character, and gave off a vintage vibe—reminding me of this special bakery I discovered during my recent trip to Scotland.  

I’ve already filled it with whole wheat flour, as my original storage container from Ikea is way too small and incredibly frustrating to measure from.  Less mess, less stress! 

And guess what?  The other side of the tin has cookie recipes on it too!  Win-win. 


Three-Tier Sugar/Tea/Coffee Tin – $6.95

Ok, this probably wasn’t the best deal I’ve ever made (however, it was 50% off the original price), but I decided the extra storage and cuteness factor was worth it. 

The slightly sad part?  I got home and realized upon looking at the bottom of the tin that it was made in China and is not remotely original.  I don’t really mind though, because it is functional and looks genuine.  Can you tell I’m obsessed with vintage-style kitchen stuff? 

Though it’s obviously supposed to hold coffee, tea, and sugar in its respective nesting levels, I’ve decided to store small spice containers and little bags of bulk-spices, which have been cluttering up my cabinets for the past four months.  It’s more hygienic and functional for me.  

Lesson?  Do what works for you!


Blue Antique Mason Jars – $1.69/each

These ended up being the only real antique items I picked up at the store—and, ironically, the cheapest items of the day. 

I made sure to check that the lids were functional—although they are definitely old and not air-tight, like other mason jars I use for food storage.  However, I love the blue tone! 

I plan on using them for tea or grains.  Trust me, I will find something to fill them with…

The grand total ended up being about $14, which I felt pretty good about.  I gained valuable storage (usually an expensive thing), acquired some unique and fun kitchen items, and supported a small-town store.

All good things in my book!

11 Responses to “Thrift Store Finds For the Kitchen”

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    Joanne — November 15, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    These are some AWESOME finds! I always mean to spend a weekend going into thrift stores in NYC searching for food props but it just hasn’t happened yet. You’ve inspired me!

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    Meredith — November 15, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    I love those Ball jars. I just went thrifting for kitchen stuff last night too! I got some cool dishes and linens. I’ve also acquired lots of cool storage containers, but I’m running out of room. Aren’t thrift stores are the best place to get kitchen stuff? I am baffled that anyone buys this stuff at retail prices.

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    Divya — November 15, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    I love vintagey looking things especially tins, but I never know where to find them. I love in downtown Toronto (and without access to a car) and I’m always wondering where to find such items! These looks like awesome finds….

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    Laura — November 15, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    I thought so! :) I’m sure there are probably TONS of places like this in NYC that sell even better stuff. I’m always telling myself to take a drive one weekend and do some fun shopping like this. Glad I inspired you.

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    Laura — November 15, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Me too. I am obsessed with them. I’m starting to buy more than I need, haha. So much fun! I’d love to hear what you picked up.

    You can save so much money buying ball jars and other vintage containers. The new ones are so overpriced! Thanks for saying hi–your blog is great. Homemade bacon?! Incredible.

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    Laura — November 15, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    Me too–even if mine were newer than I originally thought 😉 I don’t tend to have the best luck at thrift stores either–it’s kinda hit or mess, I think. Keep looking! Eventually you find a gem.

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    Debbie F (DebaRooRoo) — November 16, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Great thrift store finds! I actually haven’t been to a thrift store in forever! I love the mason jars – they are adorable!

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    leaf (the indolent cook) — November 16, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Great buys! So much character… they would make gorgeous food props.

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    Laura — November 17, 2011 @ 4:01 am

    Thanks! :)

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    Laura — November 17, 2011 @ 4:03 am

    I know–that was another justification when I was deciding to buy them, haha. I’m very happy with them though! Love the name of your site :)

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