Vintage kitchen items are popular collectibles. People love to purchase vintage toasters, coffee percolators, waffle makers, and even vintage coffee cans, spice cans or canister sets. You can find these items to add to your collection in a few different places.
Thrift shops are great places to find vintage kitchen items. Many times, the employees of the thrift shop have no idea that vintage items are collectible so you can get some very good bargains at thrift shops. If you're checking thrift shops, it's important to check them at least two or three times a week as new items come in all the time and the inventory changes almost daily. There are always other savy hunters out looking for collectibles too. Another spot to pick up these types of items are at estate sales. Most of the time someone has passed away and the family is liquidating the items just to clear out the house. They usually price items to sell so you can most likely get good deals on the items.
There is truth in the saying, "The early bird gets the worm" when it comes to hunting for vintage kitchen items. Since they're so collectible, they move quickly at thrift shops and estate sales. If you check the stores every few days and follow the estate sales on the weekends, you're sure to be able to pick up a few wonderful collectibles to add to your ever growing collection.
Vintage kitchen items are fun and easy to collect and even use. Tons of antique or vintage items are available for any budget and for any level of collector--from novice to professional. The condition of vintage kitchen items can vary enormously, so be educated and wary when purchasing items that appear overly common. Also, consider that if you are going to actually use a vintage item for cooking or serving food, it could contain dangerous chemicals in the paint, enamel, or metal--be cautious.
Vintage kitchen tools can be classified as pots, pans, tins, tea pots, or cooking accessories such as spoons, cleavers, grinders, appliances, scales, pastry rollers, baking trays, and spice cans, amongst myriad others. A long human history of preparing food and making tasks easier has led to a seemingly endless variety of kitchen accessories over the course of time.
Another area of collecting for a vintage kitchen is dishware. Certain glazes on ceramic dishes have gone in and out of style, but many of the original pieces can still be found in excellent condition. Also, china patterns and rare pieces of ceramics are highly collectible, depending on your personal preference of kitchen styles.
Some collectors even add to their vintage kitchen items collection with old aprons, barbeques, table and chair sets, and artwork for hanging.