Friday, February 6, 2009

My Tins Collection


Ever since I was a little girl, I've been quite taken by tins. My mom used to keep all her loose buttons in a blue cookie tin that had a scene of a Mediterranean road on it, going past a house and cypress trees. Pretty much like this photo.

I would sit and stare at the scene on the cookie tin lid, and make up stories that I told out loud to my dolls, all lined up to hear my tales. I can't remember what the stories were about, other than they involved the main character starting down that road pictured on the tin.

My mom also had a royal blue tin with pastoral shepherds and shepherdesses on it, where she kept her rice. I loved that tin.

Once I was an adult, I found myself buying items just for the tin they came in. And sometimes I would even buy an antique tin if I was lucky enough to find one. Here are a few of my favorite tins from my collection. I've got a whole Christmas selection of tins, but I'll save those for next holiday season.


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20 comments:

Julia Smith said...

Remember, Dorte H - you can help yourself to all of these tins for your Bait in the Box feature.

Travis said...

Tins are great for storing stuff. I have several to hold cards and other small doodads.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I have an extra tin left over from this year's Cub Scout popcorn sales... I wish I'd thought of it; I'd have stuck a certain book inside and given you a nice surprise!

Julia Smith said...

Susan - that could be a future thing... for a future book!

Akelamalu said...

I love tins too, though I haven't got a collection. The last tin you show is very different - what's the story?

Dorte H said...

Thank you so very much, Julia!
They are gorgeous - and I have stored them all safely away :D

Leah Braemel said...

These tins are gorgeous, Julia. I have a ton of tins, but they're all the same blue Danish Butter Cookie tins that I use to keep my Christmas baking in. Now I'm inspired to find some beautiful ones like yours.

Heather said...

Very nice Julia , is your collection complete? I did not know you collected tins. I love them too.

Amy Ruttan said...

There was one my Nanny had with a geisha. I loved that tin.

I have one that is from WWI I found in an antique store. It's pretty beat up, it held tin but I can still see Field Marshall Haig and the King and the Prince of Wales on it.

Julia Smith said...

Akelamalu - the last tin is like a Faberge egg, another art treasure I'm in love with. And in The National Ballet of Canada's version of 'The Nutcracker', the Sugar Plum Fairy makes her entrance from inside a golden Faberge egg. So a few Christmases ago, I found these tins filled with chocolate chip cookies that were Faberge eggs, so I bought one for myself and for my sister, who also loves ballet and knew right away that it was a Sugar Plum Fairy egg.

Dorte H - I can't wait to see them on your blog!

Leah - I know which ones you mean. I don't save every tin I buy - but I've come across some beautiful Danish butter cookie ones. I bought one for my husband one year because it had a painting of The Snow Queen on it, and that's one of his favorite stories.

Heather - my collection will never be complete!

Amy - that antique one sounds fabulous. Dents and scrapes and all.

Ann said...

Cool collection. You have some beautiful tins, I love the phonebooth one. :)

Bobbi said...

What a great collection! My mother and I both collect tins - you've given me a great idea for a post of my own.

It never ceases to amaze me how many things you and I have in common!

Shelley Munro said...

My mother used to have a button tin too. Her's was a plain tin and she'd decorated it. We were always tipping out the tin to look at all the different buttons she's collected. Thanks for the memory.

Hubby and I have a tin collection in our kitchen. I like the Walker shortbread tins. Of course the contents are very nice, too. Shortbread is my favorite!

Julia Smith said...

Ann - The phone booth one shows the woman from different angles as you turn the tin around. It's very cool.

Bobbi - I know! Kindred spirits!

Shelley ...mmm...shortbread...must resist...shortbread...

VaBookworm said...

Cool collection! I swear, my grandma has a red phone booth one that looks just like yours!

Isabella Snow said...

LOL I buy things for the tin too! Have you been to Neuschwanstein Castle? It's one of my faves, one of the few castles in Europe that really look like castles!

Isabella Snow said...

Oh, PS, I'm having a blog makeover contest if you're interested! Yours is pretty spiffy though already. :)

penney said...

I love old tins, I have a few that were my Mom's
Penney

Beth F said...

I love tins and collect them too. You have some great ones!

Kelly Boyce said...

I've got a weird thing for tins too. And I have several of the ones you showed!