Start a Vintage Kitchen Collection

Want to start collecting some of those cool vintage kitchen items you see on Pinterest…..but don’t know how to get started? Stephanie offers some great advice on how to start a vintage kitchen collection! -Linda 

Is there anything you enjoy collecting?

For me, collecting kitchen utensils and vintage gadgets for my food photography is something I love to do. Granted, my vintage kitchen collection is pretty “young” since I just started it this year, but in the world of food photography, props can really help your photos if used correctly.

Vintage Kitchen Collection

vintage kitchen collection

Even if you do not photograph food, it is fun to mix and match vintage kitchen collections for display or use in your own home. Those things were someone’s at one time…some of them handcrafted.

vintage kitchen tools

Want to start a vintage kitchen collection of your own? 

vintage kitchen utensils


How to Start a Vintage Kitchen Collection

vintage utensils

Let your friends family know: Several of my favorite items have come from my mom who has had them for decades. A friend graciously gave me a few things she had sitting in a closet. Other family members might have some items to contribute to you. So don’t be afraid to ask!

vintage pastry press

– Know your budget: Everything in my collection ranged in cost from 50 cents to a few dollars. I am cheap when it comes to my finds! And I have a set amount in mind for what I want to spend.

antique kitchen

– Shop Goodwill, thrift stores and antique stores: Antique stores often have catalogs of local “antiquing-events”, so grab one of those, and mark your calendar. Ask the store clerks for referrals to other shops nearby and keep an eye out for “deal days”. Where I live, Goodwill offers “50% off ” and “$1 days”. Antiques store often have sales around holidays, just like regular stores.

-And don’t forget to ask antique and thrift stores if they have a clearance section! You may be able to score some great pieces at a killer price that have sat around too long on their shelves.

vintage pyrex

– Turn it over! Don’t know about something you’ve found? See if there is a name or date on the bottom. Technology nowadays makes it so easy to research something’s history. You can use your smart phone right there in the store to search the name or date on the piece and get all kinds of information on the spot. Plus you can also look up retail prices of similar items online to know if you are getting a good deal or not.

antique kitchen utensils

No matter it’s worth, if you find a gorgeous “something” that screams to be in your kitchen, enjoy it. Not everything has to be labeled “vintage” to be valuable. Colorful, dual purpose and unique are some traits I look for when adding to my collection. Sometimes when I see pieces, I quickly envision how I will use them in a photo.

vintage blue dishes

Thanks for taking a peek into my kitchen cabinets today!


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I am a mom who loves photography, crafting and anything handmade! I blog about crafting with family in mind, throughout the home and kitchen. I enjoy spending time with family and getting creative.

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  1. 1

    I love these items. I used to be irritated with my family for passing me down all these old things they no longer wanted. Now I’m asking them for more & filling my prop cabinet with these vintage items. I love that most of the things I use have a family history too.

    1. 1.1

      thank you for your response, Gina!
      Family history sure adds to the appeal of these things!;)

  2. 2
    Quetzal Handmade

    I have three rolls of washi tape. I guess I could really use some more! :)

  3. 3

    Fantastic tips! This is such a great post and the pictures are nothing less than gorgeous. Love the vintage eye candy!

    1. 3.1

      Thanks Jessica…Im lucky to have had you as my teacher!

  4. 4

    I love all your vintage stuff. I too love having that stuff in my kitchen. I have one wall covered. Some from antique stores and some that was handed down to me. I esp. love a wooden mixing bowl and rolling pin that belonged to my great, great grandma for making biscuits. Still has flour in the bottom where there is a cut in the wood. Great things to have. Thank you for your post.

    1. 4.1

      mmm. biscuits probably tasted great using the items you have. Thanks for your comment!

  5. 5

    Oh my goodness. Great post — not just for the tips but for the photographic and design inspiration. I pinned at least 3 separate images to three separate boards! I’m in love with vintage kitchen wares so this post just made my day.

    1. 5.1

      thank you for your response, and Im so glad you enjoyed the post and re-pinned some pictures.
      What a compliment!

  6. 6

    I love this idea. Can’t wait to get to my area antique stores!

    1. 6.1

      have fun and thanks for commenting!

  7. 7

    There are some interesting items here, but that pasta machine isn’t necessarily old. I bought a brand new one just like it about 4 months ago to replace the one I wore out. I do collect authentic Corning Ware, but not for display. I’ve used it in my kitchen for over 50 years, and when I break a piece, I go looking for a replacement. I don’t think I could cook without it, and I wouldn’t want to try, nor without my cast iron, either. Corning sold the brand name to someone who produces second-rate stuff, so you have to be careful. My Hubs used to work for Corning, and I got to collect a lot in the 70s. You couldn’t pay me to cook in aluminum, not even the super-heavy-duty cast stuff. It just doesn’t cook as well, and besides, we women get an iron boost from the cast iron cookware that we all need. I have and use my mother’s rolling pin which is very similar to the one you’ve pictured. They don’t make them that good anymore. I wore out a nylon one I had for about 30 years, it’s wood replacement broke after a few years, but Mom’s keeps going, and it has to be close to 100 years old! No one should use rusty tools, though. They’re dangerous.

    I guess that makes me a vintage human, but sometimes, the old things were better things, and I love using some of the things that my mother used, hoping my food tastes as good as hers did. Many of the other things I have are things I received as a new bride over 50 years ago. I have great new appliances, however, that make things easier for me. That pasta machine will still be going strong when my 11 month old granddaughter inherits it, though, and I’ll bet new ones that are sold in 25 years will look just like my Atlas Marcato does today. Some things just don’t need improvement.

    1. 7.1

      Thank you for your comment! That is an Atlas Marcato pasta machine as well, and it was given to my mom as a wedding gift over 30 years ago…so in my mind it is an important part of things I use in my kitchen.
      I could probably go buy another one that looks just like it, but it wouldn’t have the sentimental value this one does.

  8. 8

    I LOVE these! I must start another vintage collection…just don’t tell my hubby!

    1. 8.1

      YAY! thanks for commenting:)

  9. 9

    I don’t’ own a single roll. Can you believe it. But with my brandnew craft room I need new supplies and this would be wonderful.

  10. 10

    Vintage? I love vintage.I’m old italian girl. My frend have a vintage blog :old, old ,old and full load of family history.
    Blog is : RUE DE LA BROCANTE
    Ciao ciao Laura

  11. 11

    Great post!! I love all these Vintage Kitchen utensils. I got some of them in my kitchen, and it feels is just great when I feel in my hands this little part of history. :)
    Thank you for this beautiful post!