Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Do you use a set of decorative canisters in your kitchen? Growing up, my Mom had some on the counter. They were crome, square-shaped, with the name of the proposed stored item vertically on them in black & a funky font and a Lusterware black top with a knob on top. She also had the matching bread box. This set is very similar to the ones Mom had. I'll have to ask my Mom what became of them. I am sure they went into a donation box as she updated her kitchen. IF they had been red like these in the advertising, that thought would make me very, very sad.

I love the idea of having a storage spot for everything and I am always on a quest to be more organized with both my stuff and my time. I have a thing for jars and mostly use mason jars to store things, tea bags, sugar cubes, Splenda packets and the like. I have even picked up some more decorative jars (both vintage and more vintage inspired new) for my laundry detergent and supplies.

For my large, bulk purchases (flour, sugar, grains, etc.,) I have invested in commerical quality, large canisters. Very utilitarian. These work perfect for storing things in the pantry but when I need a cup of flour or sugar, I need to trot off the the pantry. I guess I was always on the look out for the solution to that minor inconvenience.

Last week I strolled thru one of my favorite thrifty stores and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw these beauties! They had all the elements needed for MY kitchen..large enough to hold several cups of flour and sugar, RED and that lovely vintage script (not to mention just the right amount of funky factor, lol). I just loved them. Checked the price....$3.50 each. I tucked one under each arm and headed straight for the check out.

After I got them home and cleaned them up, I filled them with their respective labeled ingredient and stood back and admired my FIND!! Then the guilt settled in. You see, these 2 handsome guys had a little sister named Tea. I left her behind. How could I do that? I really didn't need a tea canister. I had my tea stored in a cute little jar with a red lid. That really was good enough BUT the GUILT. I assume the sister named Coffee had met with some terrible end or even worse, someone had only purchased her. I slipped my shoes back on and away I went to fetch Tea. At first, I was unable to find her....she wasn't where I left her. Then from accross the store, I saw her standing alone on a shelf. It was like she was calling to I am, here I am...

Now she has a home on the beverage counter and can *see* her big brothers from accross the kitchen. Life is organized and good!

So what kind of canisters do you have? How do you store your staples?

Sharing at~
Sue's REDnesday
Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday
Debra's Vintage Inspired Friday
Laurie's Favorite Things


  1. But of course you had to go back and get TEA. It was the right thing to do :)

    I keep my stuff in plastic containers in the pantry.

  1. Cindy said...:

    This is so special..and so darn cute!!

    Now I do have those metal cannisters..and I just recently found the silver

    I think yours are cute on your maybe I am

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  1. Cherry Chick said...:

    How funny and what a cute post. Guilted by the "tea" Love it!
    I have had numerous sets of canisters over the years. There was my vintage phase, and then the rainbow set of canisters, and more recently it's been the Mary Engelbreit canister set. Honestly, tea bags are the only thing I have in one of the three of them. The rest are empty but they look lovely on my counter. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing your cute story with us on Rednesday.

  1. LV said...:

    We had the top set many years ago. I do not like a cluttered cabinet, so my things are in jars inside the pantry.

  1. awe....I so understand. Love it..I am so glad you went back for her...we will say Coffee is the queen in some hip coffee joint where she is the highlight of the shelf! I use clear jars in the pantry because my counters are too full of 2 pots and all accessories. Perhaps I should go on a hunt for Miss Coffee and she could correspond with her sisters via blogland.

  1. bj said...:

    O, I do love them and if EVER I see some like them in our thrift store, and they have COFFEE, you can bet I will buy it and send it straight to you!! They are just adorable.
    xo bj

  1. Cindy Adkins said...:

    Oh I love your blog and your canisters!!!

  1. Debbie said...:

    #1 I love your new canisters!
    #2 I love the way you wrote this post. I smiled at sister Tea and Coffee. So cute!

    I don't have canisters. I have big see through ones that I keep either in the cabinet or refrigerator. Flour around here isn't safe on the counter. Sigh.

    Mom always had pretty ones too!

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    What a great find! And so glad you went back for Tea!!
    I store all of my staples in the pantry in 1 gallon glass jars that my father in law collected for me! Most are vintage from his mother (mayo. pickles, etc.) Not very pretty so I make cloth covers for the top.

  1. They are really pretty canistiers with their cute red tops! I would have also gone back for the tea canister.

    I love copper so I have copper canisters on my counter but they hold things other than flour and sugar ...that I keep in my pantry in plastic bins.

    Happy Rednesday!

  1. Lily said...:

    I have canister envy. They are perfect! And, you were right to go back for the Tea canister. Imagine how you would have felt if you left her behind, you would have always regretted that!

  1. Melody said...:

    Thank goodness you went back. Those tow big boys looked a little forlorn....but, in the last pic they seem to look

  1. D said...:

    Great thrifty "red" cannister finds! It's great when the cannister are big enough to hold a whole bag of flour and sugar. Mine are vintage repro with red tops.

  1. Cheryl said...:

    Very cute set. I often times drive all the way back to a store to get something I left behind!

  1. bunny said...:

    Nice...I would have done the same thing except I store my tea in a canister in the pantry, so I would have turned it around and used it for something else...btw, it matches my kitchen perfectly. I have a large red canister that the lid was fatally now I use it for a utensil holder on my counter. If I come across the coffee mate (pun very much intended)...I'll let you know.


  1. Oh those are so cute. I already have some containers for my flour and sugar,(a cherry pattern) but I would've zeroed in on the tea container because I'm a big tea drinker. You found a great deal.

  1. Connie said...:

    I used to use canisters but I've switched to vintage large and small mason jars and I've put primitive style labels on some and some of Melissa Frances' labels. This gives me an old farmhouse look and it's easy to see what you have and how much you have left.

  1. What a sweet find, I love them! My canisters are all sizes, glass ones from Walmart. I have a huge one that holds me flour but I'd love to find some vintage ones one day.

  1. Joyce said...:

    Cute post and I am glad tea now resides at your home with her relatives:-) My Mom had a set of silver canisters that my daughter now has in her kitchen. If only those canisters could talk what tales they would tell about my Mom taking them out and playing with the flour and sugar so lovingly to make her family some wonderful treats. Glad Mom kept them and glad my daughter now has them. Traditions!

  1. Kelly Mac said...:

    Very cute and sweet to keep the family together. I have my tea in a glass canister on the island. The other staples I buy in bulk (25 lb bags), so my "canisters" are those orange plastic paint buckets with lids you can buy at Home Depot. Someday I'll think of a way to pretty them up, but they are hidden in the pantry.

  1. Good morning, Gail...

    Oooh...I love your new canisters! You really did get a great deal on them! Girl, I just giggled when I read about little sister "Tea". I'm so glad that you went back to get her! Hehe! You know, you were talking about the chrome/stainless steel looking set of canisters that you mother had. A couple of years ago, I found that exact set at a yard sale and picked them up. I bought them because my mom had a set like that as well. Hehe! They are stored away right fact, I had forgotten about them until now!

    Well my dear, thank you for sharing your new pretties with us...they look lovely in your kitchen! I also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my autumn leaves vignette and photos. I enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  1. I love your canisters!! Very pretty... My mother in law brought some red tin canisters with her when she moved from Russia to the US. I used them for years and we remodeled the kitchen. They went in a box in the garage and I just recently found them a couple of weeks ago. I think it's time to clean them up and put them to use again.They've always been some of my favorite kitchen decorations!

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

    I'm so happy this story had a happy ending. Families should not be separated! Those canisters are an amazing find, and that font is what really does it for me. Your Mom's old chrome canisters sound just like my Mom's. If I had a bigger kitchen, I think I'd beg her for them!
    Happy REDnesday!

  1. craftyles said...:

    I really like your cannisters with the pretty lids. I have the red vintage cannisters that your Mom had. Got them years ago at an antiques store and I still love them!

  1. Sherrie said...:

    How could you of left little "tea" behind. Thank goodness for a happy ending.

  1. So sweet, I did have a set of canisters that I had made way back when, They looked like huge mushrooms and were ceramic. I painted, fired and glazed them myself. Sad to say mushrooms went out of style and I must have thrown them out.WHY???? I think today I will start to look for some cute ones to sit on my counter. You have inspired me to clean my counters off.

  1. Love this post! I love a happy ending! So glad you went back for dear little Tea and she has been reunited with her family. ;) Darling cannisters!

    Happy Rednesday,

  1. what fantastic finds, these little canisters! love the retro vibe of them.

    buttered toast, you THAT's simple! a girl after my own heart, lol. thanks so much for your comment, and your encouragement! i truly appreciate it.

  1. I love how you wrote about Tea...made me laugh out loud! I didn't use canisters for years, not since the 70's or early 80's probably. Then, I spotted some beauties at Cracker Barrel and my sweet husband saw me spot them and bought them for me. I'd forgotten how nice it is to have my flour and sugar (and one still empty) in reach! I love yours!

  1. Oh Gail, the canisters are beautiful! I would have scooped them up too! And I remember my Mom having those plastic canisters but hers were either yellow or gold. I need to find something to store my flour and sugar other then the old tupperware :-(


  1. nannykim said...:

    Oh, glad you went back for the tea! I actually use mason jars to sort and hold my different teas. I also use some white canisters on my kitchen counter. I keep my flours in the freezer now, since I don't use them as often as I used to--we have cut back on desserts and I am gluten free too.

  1. Postcardy said...:

    I got rid of the labeled canisters I had because I like to use the advertising tins I have. I don't bake so I don't need anything convenient.

  1. Anna said...:

    That is a great story! I have some vintage/antique canisters myself. Mine are very plain and older, but I loved them on sight. I didn't buy them, but my mother remembered and had them shipped for Christmas (we saw them in July).

  1. ThreeOldKeys said...:

    I love your canisters and I'm so glad Tea was still there. It cracks me up that you actually felt guilty for not getting the third one at first ... I feel that kind of "guilt" all the time ... usually it's long gone by the time you get back to the store.

    Nice blog!!!

  1. Natasha said...:

    I am glad you went back and got the sweet little tea cannister. They all look wonderful!

    Best wishes,

  1. OH, I'm so glad you went back for little tea!!! They all look wonderful in your kitchen! Girl, look at all your cookbooks!! :-)
    I still have the same set of canisters from when I got married, way back in the 80's... The Pfalzgraff ones that look like the old country crocks, with the birds on them.

  1. I went back and found your pie bird post from last fall! :-) Don't they look so cute in the pies? I'd love to see pics of your other pie birds sometime.

  1. Irene said...:

    Very nice. I have began collecting jars to organise my kitchen counters. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Carmen said...:

    Aw, poor little Tea...sitting there waiting for you! LOL! I probably would have gone back for her, too. They look lovely in your kitchen!


  1. Coloradolady said...:

    These are so cute!!! Love the fact the tea one was still there waiting for you!! I love the red and white, what a great combination for a canister!

    I use the same thing I have used for YEARS. They are white with blue snap on lids from Tupperware. I have had these forever and really don't remember how or when I got them. They do the work and sit on the cabinet....I don't display them on the counter. I have a small kitchen, so it works for me!!

  1. The jars are great. I remember the add. Everyone used bread boxes when I was young. I enjoyed your post. Doylene

  1. P. said...:

    I'm so glad you didn't leave Tea orphaned and alone without his/her siblings. These are really sweet and I just love the RED! Great find!

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    They are pretty and I am glad you retrieved TEA. I have staples in the pantry because I have very little counter space. I use Tupperware. ♥olive

  1. Love that you have the space to use these. Mine too, are just plastic rubbermaid...:-( At one point I had a sweet set of Delft containers for sugar, tea etc. Most of them had been glued etc so I got rid of them when I changed homes. Debbei

  1. Betty said...:

    I love your red canisters. To answer your question. I have 3 sets of LE Smith moon and stars. A set of 3 green canisters from ross. set of 3 Tupperware green and a set of 3 Martha Stewart from K mart. I love canisters.

  1. just like you i too have a weakness for vintage canisters, they're just so appealing and add a touch of vintage charm to my country kitchen & pantry...LOVE it!!

  1. cindy said...:

    You crack me up!!!


  1. A Cottage Muse said...:

    Oh your blog is wonderful as are these cannisters! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  1. Sarah said...:

    No canisters in our kitchen, but I fondly remember the ones in my mom's kitchen. My niece now has them as part of her kitchen decor on the space above her cabinets. We store our staples in the ceramic jars with hinged lids. ~ Sarah

  1. Sherry said...:

    That is so cute! What fun about guilty going back for tea. Yes if I see coffee I am going to have to send it to you. You have to have the complete set! Very nice vintage find. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Hi Gail! great post, family is SO important, even if it's just canisters! I've had several sets; my first a plastic avacado green set...can someone say 1972? I have an antique white country frech set now, but I still keep my flour and sugar in the pantry. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!!

  1. Oh Gail, the canisters are perfect, and your guilt story made me smile a huge smile. What a fun post! So glad brothers and sister have been reunited (I love a happy ending!) Thank you for linking this fun post to Favorite Things. laurie

  1. Lovin' your new canisters! I still use a set of brown Tupperware from the early 80's! Not stylish, but functional:@)

  1. Carol said...:

    I am so glad you went back for Tea! I have white canisters, but I am looking for my perfect set of canisters.....the search is half the fun. I'll know 'em when I see 'em!
    Your canisters are wonderful. And I really like all your cookbooks too. It's great to have them out where you can see and use them.
    I also like to be organized and efficient. It's an excellent feeling.

  1. Adorable canisters. I love red! I just found your blog and am so enjoying all of your wonderful posts.

  1. Sarah said...:

    Very cute canisters....I had always wondered if mine had siblings, now I do!
    I have their "brother"

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