Editors’ Picks: A Dozen Vintage Kitchen Tools We Swear By
What is an heirloom? Traditionally families pass on things of value to the next generation, while the stuff of daily life—juice glasses, stepladders, clothes hangers—gets dumped in donation boxes or, worse, tossed without a second thought. We say, treat these humble tools as valued objects and keep them in use.
In our latest book, Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home, we rounded up 75 beloved vintage items, many from our own childhood homes. Among these favorites are everyday kitchen implements, including the 12 examples presented here, better made than today’s versions and lovely to look at battle scars and all.
These goods are the eco-friendly answer when adding to your kitchen arsenal because they keep existing materials in circulation. All are easy to c0me by, whether as hand-me-downs or affordably priced on eBay, Etsy, and at thrift stores, flea markets, and tag sales, among other places. Of late, there are countless ways to track down just about anything you’re looking for, even for nothing: for those willing to do the legwork, there are listings of free items on Buy Nothing, The Freecycle Network, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and many other sites. Even nonprofit Goodwill now posts offerings online. But the best way to begin is by assessing your own holdings and then browsing the castoffs of family members and friends. You’re likely to come away with a collection of better-for-wear household staples that will make you happy every time you reach for them.
Photography by Justine Hand for Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home.