Tuesday, January 29, 2013

~ Vintage Kitchen towels.... well used ones...

As mention in the past, I am very fond of old cotton kitchen towels. I keep a drawer of them to use in my kitchen. So they all have damage done to them. Mostly stains. But I decided years ago to use them. Versus just letting them gather dust in a box somewhere.

This lovely red one with the polka dot trim... is my favorite towel. With all the vintage kitchen images scatter all over. 

From the salt and pepper shakers... 

The milk pitcher with the cow on it... 

Then there is the blue coffee pot...

And it would not be great piece of vintage kitchen linen, without a picture of a rooster!

The thing I have always enjoy about these older towels is that they were made from 100% cotton. And a nice weight of cotton too. So they have held up over time.

I also pulled out a random day of the week towel... with a great dutch girl on it. She is done in red and pink threads. And since she is part of the kitchen rotation of towels I use.. she has stains on her.
But even with the stains... she is still a cutie!
I don't have a full set of these girls. I should have one more that is part of this set. I think she is done in greens. But I could not find her in the drawer. Now I am curious what I have done with it.
I do keep a collection of vintage towels I don't use. But eventually I will probably get around to bringing them out for daily use.  I just decided it was kind of goofy to have boxes packed full with them and never use them. 

Plus it has gotten to be a hassle to find new kitchen towels that are legit cotton. Not some weird blend of cotton poly that will not adsorb water. Where as they just smear a spill, versus soak it up.

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9 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love your vintage kitchen towels. I don't have a lot of them but when I find them I buy them! They do dry so much better! Sweet embroidery on the Sat. towel! Hugs, Linda

ThrifterSisters said...

I have lots of vintage towels too but I haven't been able to bring myself to use them yet. I display them in my kitchen and dining room and rotate them every few weeks. Everyone knows not to actually use them!

Erica

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Lil said...

Love your vintage linens! I found a tatted hanky last week at the thrift store. Love!

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Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Love your "used' kitchen towels! I have a wicker basket of them in the kitchen that I use. I agree, there is nothing like those old cotton towels! Like you, I also have some for show, not for use...yet! :) Pam

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

I'm like Erica, I have lots too, but I have yet to bring myself to use them. Have you ever tried to get the stains out? I just bought a table cloth... we bought Gain with Oxy & it seems to get some pretty hardcore stains out. Next laundry day, I'm gonna give it a shot. I hate those poly blend clothes. My BF bought a lot & I threw them all out. I felt bad, but whatever, they're annoying.

Farm Girl Pink... said...

If I am using the vintage towels as daily ones, I don't try to remove stains. Just wash them with detergent and a little powder bleach.

But I do buy vintage table clothes occasionally. With stain issue's.

That I hand over to my Mother, to see if she can get the old set-in stains out of.

She seems to be the "stain-whisperer". The woman can get out old set-in stains without damaging the cotton.

Me. I would end up with a hole where the stain once was... if I try to remove them. LOL!

SueLovesCherries said...

That is one gorgeous towel! I can see why you like it so much.

Lisa Lynn said...

These are wonderful! I have a few from my Gram I intend to share soon. :) I would love to have you join me on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!
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