Monday, September 19, 2011

Vintage potato chip containers.

My friend Beth, The Food Adventuress, recently blogged about her favorite kitchen tools. 

One of them completely was out of the ordinary.  A surprising unexpected entry. 

And, it was COMPLETELY adorable.

What was it?

One of her favorite kitchen tools was “the chip can.” 

“The chip can” is an old-timey tin container that potato chips and pretzels used to be stored in and sold and often prominently displayed advertising for a shopkeeper.  From what I can gather, these tins were in production in the 1930s and 1940s.

So why is “the chip can” one of Beth’s favorite kitchen tools?  

Because she actually stores her potato chip bags within in!  


After reading her blog post, I actually came across several of these adorable vintage potato chip containers at the Tontitown Flea Market on Hwy 412.  They are priced in the $11-$15 range, so they are completely affordable.

Okay, so perhaps having a vintage container with character (read: old) is not your decorating style… but the moral of the story is to look at something in a different light.  What items do you have around your house that can be incorporated into a new resource? 

In the case of “the chip can” what makes it so adorable to me is that it is breathing life into something ordinary.   The humble potato chip.

Everything old is new again.


Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


  1. Darling, I read and LOVED this post - thank you for joining me in my enthusiasm!

    However, when you graciously mentioned AGAIN today about the chip cans (j'adore, j'adore...) and I read this post for, probably like the fifth time, I realized that I had never commented! Egad!

    Indeed, everything old is new again. A kitchen full of old is a treasure to behold. In fact, I think you've just inspired my next bloggity post and series.

    Have I mentioned how much I love you?

    K thx.

    Muchas smoochas,
    ~ Beth
    (aka The Food Adventuress & Little Magpie)

  2. Virtual hugs and kisses back to you!!!

    I can't wait to hear what you will write!!


  3. I have the same feeling about mason jars and old glass pitchers of any kind. I can't get enough of either of them. And I actually use them! I don't think I'd really seen the chip cans. How in the world have I missed them? Oh, because I'm usually looking at old jars and depression glass when I'm in flea markets. :)

  4. HI Angie,

    I missed them, too, until I read Beth's post and then I saw them everywhere!

    Old jars have such a great quality to them. Noble, really.




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