Collect vintage tea towels? I love how these inexpensive thrift shop finds add a bit of fun and whimsy to our kitchen.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you probably already know one of my favourite things to do is peruse thrift shops, garage sales or flea markets whenever I get the chance. I’ve become very disciplined with my purchases ever since I laid out some ground rules for thrifting earlier this year. So difficult, but so very necessary! Only buying items I have a definite plan for has really kept the clutter in our basement storage rooms to a minimum.
With that being said, I was thrilled to stumble across a couple vintage tea towels at a local thrift shop last week. I have been coveting similar Anthropologie dish towels, but we’re far too hard on ours (think overflowing coffee maker like the one I experienced this morning!) to spend in the ballpark of $20 each. Instead, I picked up both of these for $3!
Vintage Tea Towels
The “Scottish Wild Flowers” cotton tea towel was created by Glen Appin, a Scottish textile and gift company dating back to 1903. I love the summery colours and simple illustrations of some of my favourite flowers.
The Irish linen “Treetowel” was designed by Pat Albeck, a British artist who made a big impact on the textile, pottery, and paper industries from the 1950’s to 2007.
Based on the colours, I’m guessing it’s from the 70’s. Although it has never been used (making it more valuable), I still plan on washing it up and putting it to work. I LOVE linen kitchen towels, as they seem to only get better with age!
If you’re looking for vintage tea towels to add some fun and whimsy to your kitchen, there’s a fantastic selection on Etsy in a variety of styles. However, you may have to hit some thrift shops to find a good deal like I did.
Do you enjoy adding a touch of vintage to your kitchen? Have any vintage tea towels of your own? What have you found in the vintage department that was a steal of a deal?
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