Thursday, August 30, 2012

Current obsession: Storage tins

Some time ago, we bought our first colourful tin on We didn't buy it with anything particular in mind - we were buying something else from that particular store, and thought we'd get some extras from the shop to combine shipping (...this is where we seriously fall down when it comes to shopping on Etsy!)

Isn't she a beauty! Such beautiful bright colours...Photo: VintageVanatic
And in situ at the Casa del Studio above and below. You will notice that we have quite a few of them!
Photos (two above): Renee Baker
We use them to store bits and bobs for jewellery making - the red one above (the original by Gray Dunn, and the best!) stores all the brass findings, the big gold one all the semi-precious stones, and the red oval one has all the brass and silver chain offcuts in it.

We love the excited use of bright colour, the texture of the pressed metal and their inherent sturdiness.

Naturally, these few we have are not enough. Not even close! So we are rubbing our hands together with glee planning our next Storage tin purchase. After trawling the 80 odd pages on Etsy (yes, we are *devoted* to our love of these tins), these are what we think are the pick of the crop.

What are we looking for? Colour, texture and a variety of shapes and sizes, that are relatively rust free.

Which should we get?!

Dahner Storage Tin // $10 from AmyKristineVintage
Not so sure about the addition of hibiscus to that centre floral arrangement (!), but the bumpy texture of the sides and mosaic of the top have us sold!

Dahner Canisters // $20 for the pair from TheSquirrelCottage
More magic from Dahner - the pressed metal one on the left is DIVINE! But the other one we would be happy for them to keep...

Another Dahner Canister // $14 from JustSmashingDarling
Oh hello! A twin to our friend above! Wonderful...
Our only reservation? Dahner tins are a dime a dozen! And we were hoping to find something a little more off-beat...

Art Nouveau Candy Tin // $25 from AustinModern
 Like this one! Oh wow - it's pretty rusty and old but golly isn't it beeewdiful! 

Vintage Asian Tea Box // $20 from ARandomFind

Vintage flour canister // $12 from littlewoodenhouse
There's a lot of mid-century looking stuff on Etsy, which isn't quite our style - but we quite like this upside down pineapple quirkiness!

Vintage Storage Tin from Holland // $29 from BestowAppreciation

Vintage Candy Tin from Holland // $13 from spaceroom
These two from Holland are bright and fun aren't they!

Wafer Tin from Western Germany // $17 from therunawaypancake
Seems appropriate given when most of our work gets done!

Christmas Tin // $10 from LucillesAttic

Christmas themed, so a bit naff, but those reindeer on the side! Adorable!

Christmas Mints Tin // $6 from vertzvkv

Handpainted Tin from Denmark 1970s // $10.50 from tessiemay
Fabulous - and a flat top is handy for stacking...

1950s Ransburg Canister // $8 from meggyleves

Painted Canister // $18 from SuzyQVintage
Murray Allan Tins from England // $18 from SwanVintageFinds

Sometimes an upright canister is just the ticket - great for storing tall bits and bobs...

Nesting Tins from USSR // $23 from agafrog

Nesting Tins from USSR // $21 from NewLifeForOldies
And these small nesting tins are perfect for keeping little beads.

Having serious TIN FATIGUE by the end of this, but our conclusion would be to buy them all, yes?!


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