Tin Tastic!

I love vintage tins…it is official. It has probably a lot to do with the fact that my parents had a tin business for many years where they designed, imported and manufactured tinware.

I also love storage, my belief is everything should have a home (something the rest of my family sometimes struggle with!). However, I think this home should be vintage too…don’t go out and spend a fortune on stacking boxes when there are so many things you could use.

Here are some of my favourite old tins….

I collect Coronation tins: they hold buttons, sewing bits, the money from selling eggs and this one holds business cards and postcards I collect from fairs and events. They are really useful to remember people by but also to give you ideas when you are designing your own!

This one has the kids chalk in. It has a really pretty design on and some of it is silver too which is quite unusual

I have quite a few Quality Street tins..this one is packed with buttons.

This Edward Sharp sweet tin is great for the kids…it has all Herbie’s ink stamps in!

Mr YVL hasn’t escaped the tin bug either! He has lots of old tobacco tins for his drill bits and screws

But as much as tins are tintastic……here are some other storage ideas for you.

Kitty’s toys in her bedroom are stored in a vintage blanket box. They can all be shut away and tidy and the box is so pretty too!

Old baskets and hampers are great to store stuff in. The kids cafe toys live in this one (much to my slight annoyance as I would like it!)

I store my jewellery in this old sewing box. Don’t panic, not my special stuff (they live in glass trinket boxes)..this is some modern, loads of hairclips and vintage plastic. You can imagine it’s every little girls dream to rummage through so it is kept away from Kitty!

Suitcases, trunks and vanity cases are ideal for storage. I have a cupboard full of them holding photos, swimming costumes, makeup and, of course handbags!

The sheds don’t escape this obsession with storage. My YVL found these for more of his bits and bobs (carpenters have a LOT of nails all at varying lengths!)

Even the potting shed is full of retro 70s orange veg storage for all the wire, hooks, seeds etc

Gosh I’m looking a tad obsessed with storage and I havent even got to the bathroom (old 50s planters for the bath toys) or inside the cupboards with all the pasta in retro Kilner jars.

One day I will get a pantry and have everything lined up in old tins and jars just like my Grandma. A girl can only dream………….


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  1. 21 October 2011 / 9:22 am

    You’ve got some wonderful storage ideas here. And I really love the floral ottoman. It’s perfect for a child’s bedroom. L xx

    • 21 October 2011 / 2:57 pm

      yes I love the ottoman too..bougth it for me originally but goes so well in Kittys room!

  2. 21 October 2011 / 9:30 am

    Ooh I just love your bright yellow & sky blue drawers! I love bright colours at the mo. Are these vintage or have they been made recently? Love them!

    • 21 October 2011 / 2:58 pm

      They are old…Mr YVL cleared an old mans shed of tools and these were in there as well as the old tobacco tins…he inherited an organised shed…alas his isnt so organised!

  3. 8 December 2011 / 1:20 pm

    Tins are great, aren’t they? You have some lovely ones. Just posted a piece on a vintage Quality Street sweet tin on Potshots.

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