Vintage Household Items You Can Not Forget
Take a walk with us down memory lane while viewing the vintage household items you can not forget. The home goods are still fun items that give you a chuckle while reminiscing. If you’re thinking “Out with the Old, and In with the New,” reconsider. Many of these home furnishings are making a comeback. In addition, you can see how homeowners are repurposing these beloved goods in today’s modern homes. Get into our time-machine and learn some interesting facts about this collection of older products.
Nichos are in Older Loveland Homes
In Spanish, Nichos translates to Niches. You may find this feature in some Loveland, Colorado homes today. Originating from Central and South America, the wall cut outs have been a household element since the 1920s. The Nichos originates from the Roman Catholic religion. You might find your grandparents had one of these shadow boxes with statues of The Virgin Mary or Jesus as a way for them to pray or use as a shrine. Many renovated properties use them for decoration, adding candles or plants. Sometimes, homeowners cover the box with a door creating storage or secret hiding places. Now, you can impress all your friends with this useful information about the whole in the wall.
Who Remembers Lazy Susan?
Who remembers the Lazy Susan? This centerpiece was a favorite when they had sit-down dinners. These service trays allowed you to pass the Grey Poupon to house mates without rudely leaning over the table. Are they still used today? You bet they are! In fact, you’ll find them in the kitchen cabinets in the corner. Useful, they allow you to store pantry items such as pots and pans making it easier to access. Made of wood, metal, plastic, glass etc., they still come in handy without a doubt. Real estate with newer construction tend to find the Lazy Susan on everyone’s wish list.
Ice Tongs are Cool Decorations for Urban Farm Houses
Just imagine how far the smart refrigerator has come! Back in the day, homeowners kept food fresh with the creation called the ice box. Since there was no electricity, they had to use ice tongs to put enormous blocks inside keeping food fresh. Are ice tongs still used today? Not so much. Using the icy-invention prevents burning skin. When taking the cooler camping, you usually dump bags of ice over food where there’s no need for tongs. You can also repurpose these items, for a variety of ‘Industrial farm’ decorations such as lamps and towel holders.
Miniatures & Tiny Collectibles Were a Craze Back in the Day
Miniatures are figurines some would call ridiculous dust-collectors. However, most of our grandparents had a collection of tiny irons, coffee mills, and teapots. You may recall finding the porcelain or ceramic figures at antique stores. Either way, these tiny items were a huge craze from the 1900s. Collectors who invest in the adorable ornaments can sometimes cash up to $500 for a set. For those who are into the miniature collections, kudos since they are hard to find and can be of BIG value.
Claw Tubs are Bathroom Fixtures With a Long Running History
Next on the list, and one that made a strong comeback, is the claw tub. Today, claw tubs, farmer’s tubs, and soaking tubs are upgrades. You’ll find these items to come in a variety of finishes where they make a genuine statement for the spa-like bathroom. The modern farmhouse has brought back this style of tub; running into the thousands of dollars. They are nice to have because of their depth, making them a ‘Must Have’ for homeowners in Northern Colorado.
Television Took Over the Fiddle and Other Musical Entertainment
The fiddle is another vintage item many ancestors had in the home. If you recall, Loveland residents didn’t have flat screens back in the 10th Century. People would gather in the parlor or living room, where families entertained each other playing musical instruments. While they’d perform sing-a-longs and dance, the radio and television eventually took over the family fun. So, next time you see a violin, piano or an accordion be grateful you can chill with Netflix.
What is a Gossip Bench and are they Still Sold for Homes?
The Gossip Bench made its way through the Victorian era. They titled this piece of furniture because of its comfort for sitting on a seat and talking on the phone. Today, cell phones are far more versatile and usable everywhere. Using earbuds make phone conversations even more viable. Unlike the cell phone, the gossip bench is a Shabby Chic popular item making a statement. Add one of these handy tables on your landing or some other room giving a unique vibe to the decor.
Vanities are Still Popular Among Northern Colorado Homeowners
The vanity is a rather popular item during current times. Moreover, many of today’s eclectic looks provide a use in the bedroom or bathroom. Since you can install electrical outlets or set them near one, they provide a nice spot for primping. Not to mention vanities provide ample storage with drawers to keep all your toiletries and cosmetics. Are they still usable? Absolutely! If you find them on the market today, they are more advanced including mirrors with lighting and holders for blowdryers. Fashionable and trending, they make a wonderful addition to any room.
Did Your Grandmother Own a Hummel Collection?
The curio cabinet was a big deal once. This was a place to showcase prized statues and collectables. If you recall, Hummels were lovable in the 1930s with production exclusive to a German manufacturer. Franz Goebel, drew scenes of children on postcards turning them into the expensive statues. Are they still sought-after? To answer, maybe not as much as the previous years. The company filed bankruptcy in 2017 causing them to become limited additions. There’s many people who knew the fad would be a worthwhile investment. Curators have said the porcelain dolls can range into the thousands of dollars. The memories these little shelf pleasers fill the hearts of people everywhere.
Vintage Mason Jar Provide Tons of Uses
Last, we will showcase a favorite item in use today with households across Northern Colorado. The mason jar is versatile for nearly every room. Not only can you fill these containers with soap, hard nails, toiletries, and beer, they make a great gift idea for housewarming. Originally used for canning vegetables, the glass containers have seen a renaissance of uses throughout homes. Nice to know you can take the old and turn it into something new again. Not to mention, they are incredible storage pleasers.
Well, that concludes our blast from the past for you to reminisce. While there are tons of fascinating items, we couldn’t cover them all. Be sure to check out our Pinterest page for more collectables and crazy gadgets.
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