Vintage Tea Towels

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Last week I was in my favorite thrift store and found some lovely old vintage tea towels. I was so thrilled. I completely emptied the bin and came up with a total of 5 of them. The colors were all still vibrant and although there was a few stains from age (not use), I knew they were a great find...especially since they were only 25 cents each!

Last winter I wrote a post on caring for vintage linens. I used those same techniques for cleaning these lovely tea towels.

After removing surface dust, I put them to soak in some of my homemade laundry soap and some Borax in tepid water.

After several hours, I could not see anymore stains. I line dried them and then gave them a good pressing with a warm iron. See the little tag...MADE IN THE USA!!

For now, I have them stacked on my kitchen scale. I just loving seeing them when I walk into my kitchen. Aren't vintage kitchen linens just sweet?!

Sharing this week at:

Laurie's ~ A Few of My Favorite Things
Stephanie's ~ Sunday Showcase
Tam's ~ Three Or More Tuesday
Sue's ~ Rednesday
Suzanne's ~ Vintage Thingie Thursday


  1. They are lovely, Gail. What a great find.

    Happy weekend!

    Barb :-)

  1. Love the towels stacked on the scale...very homey!!

  1. bj said...:

    I love these...and especially love your olden scales. :)

  1. Pioneer Beauty said...:

    Oh..I love Tea Towels...I don't think one can ever have enough Tea Towels in the house..they also make great give a nice Warm Loaf of Homemade bread all nestled and wrapped up in a beautiful Tea Towel..Great Find..and thanks for the Cleaning tips as well..

  1. I love the color in those towels and your it!!

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Made in the USA! Hard to find! I love them. Speaking of towels. I just unpacked one of my fall bins and took out the lovely embroidered towel you sent me last fall! It is hanging in my kitchen! :)
    Enjoy your Sunday!

  1. LiKinG the vintage linens! for sure :))
    drawersful over here!
    teas on at the Faith Hope & Cherrytea cafe -

  1. Lovin' your towels, and I really need a kitchen scale-gotta work on that:@)

  1. Debbie said...:

    I am another one who LOVES vintage kitchen linens. I think I remember that post about caring for them, in fact.

    I love the way they look on your scale, too. Great find!

  1. Diann said...:

    Oh Gail! Wonderful find! I love the tea towels!!! And great tip on cleaning them.

  1. Hello Gail, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my wash boiler:) I love the linens that you have in the wash, lol. Is Borax not one of the greatest things???

  1. xinex said...:

    I love vintage things and those towels are beautiful, Gail...Christine

  1. Cindy said...:

    Gail..isn't it amazing what comes out of the linen after ooohh yuck!!

    Great find! They do look good on the scale1

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  1. Sarah said...:

    Nice find! Love the feel of vintage textiles, and tea towels are one of my passions. Glad these found you! ~ Sarah

  1. What a deal! They look so pretty stacked on your scale. Vintage linens always call my name. I'm so glad these have found such a good home. Thank you for sharing these for Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  1. I love the crocheted edges, so pretty!!

  1. Jane said...:

    Wonderful find! Love the Made in US label!! Thanks for the tips on washing them.

  1. Sandy J said...:

    They are lovely. And thanks for the tip on soaking the borax and homemade laundry soap. Maybe it's me but I really do find that the homemade laundry soap takes stains out much better.

    Oh, and I love your kitchen scale :0)

  1. Oh, those are lovely...and thanks for sharing the tip on how to care for vintage linens. I'll have to take a look at all that I've found at the various yard sales and then see what I can do to take care of them...:) I LOVE's got so many uses...Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Julia said...:

    Those are just adorable! I love vintage linens, too...what a great find for 25 cents each!



  1. Nancy said...:

    The tea towels look so cute stacked on the vintage scale! I love the look. I've been wanting an old scale so if I happen upon one I may have to steal your idea and put some old tea towels on it!

    So cute!


  1. Chris said...:

    Lovely! I appreciate the tip with the Borax. I've inherited some vintage linens that need some love.

  1. Ann said...:

    Thanks for sharing the cleaning process...I had read it somewhere in blogland and forget to write it down, thought I could remember!! I have an entire drawer of linens to wash and soak!
    Your linens look great clean and pressed sitting proudly on that wonderful lookin' scale!
    The Tattered Tassel

  1. Liz said...:

    Oh they are darling! I love that they were made in the USA and look so good! :)


  1. Dena E's Blog said...:

    sooooo DELIGHTFUL Sweetie and a great HOW TO tip along with it,,,thanks~~~God's love and
    blessings from above~~~
    Hugs Dena
    Happy Red Day

  1. LV said...:

    What you use to clean them, really does work. It takes time but it is worth it. I have too many towels, but enjoy them. Also, enjoyed your blog.

  1. ~~Carol~~ said...:

    The colors in those towels are still so vibrant! What a perfect addition to any vintage kitchen. And I will try your method of getting rid of stains. I know others who use Biz, but I can't find that around here. So I'll grab a box of Borax and give it a try!
    Happy REDnesday!

  1. Those are charming towels and you've given them a brand new life! Enjoy!

    Happy Rednesday,

  1. What a great find and they cleaned up nicely!


  1. nancycreative said...:

    I love vintage tea towels--yours are so pretty!

  1. THOSE turned out just beautiful...I must get me some Borax. We used to drive by the huge place where Borax comes from..and at night it is amazing. Way out there in the desert..all alone, lit up like a Christmas tree. Amazing.

    You got a fantastic deal on those wonderful linens... (I am trying hard not to be jealous! :)

  1. Love the linen towels! So much fun when you can restore them, isn't it?

  1. AshTreeCottage said...:

    What wonderful vintage kitchen towels. Thanks for the recipe for restoring vintage linens!!

    Susan and Bentley

  1. Coloradolady said...:

    Beautiful linens...I love the vintage towels. Have a great VTT!

  1. Anna said...:

    Great find, I love your display.

  1. ewenique said...:

    Beautiful tea towels, I use them layed out over boxes to give heigth and color to vignettes.

  1. These really are sweet. I love that you shared how to clean them. Have a blessed week. Debbie

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