Tools of the Trade. . .

All of you stay at home moms, and homemakers;  have you ever went somewhere that they asked for your profession and you've said, (or wanted to say),
I'm just a 'homemaker'?
I know I have.
Guilty as charged!
Homemaking is no easy task.  We should be patting ourselves on the back instead of apologizing for it.
Of all the jobs I've had, being a wife and mother is my greatest accomplishment.
1.  fast food worker
2.  grocery store clerk
3.  worked in shipping in a sewing factory
4.  switchboard operator and then secretary at a State Prison
5.  Small business owner
6.  Stocked books at local stores
 7.  Receptionist for a dentist
Just like any job, tools have been developed to help the work of a homemaker go faster and smoother.

I love and collect vintage kitchen tools.
They're my 'tools of the trade'.
Every now and then I use some of them.

Can you imagine the delight of our early ancestors as each new kitchen 'gadget' was introduced?



I've often wondered when the first cookbook was published.

just looking at my collection makes me smile!
When ever I spy a green or red handled kitchen utensil my heart soars!
I brought a few of my collection upstairs for my Aug. fruit/veggie display.
I love this tomato slicer!  How awesome that the paper cover was not destroyed by it's original owner.  Thank you!

My collection of Pyrex has really grown.  This is just one of my most recent finds.
I've never displayed them all  together.  I think I need to, just to see exactly what I have.  lol!

I also have a green depression glass juicer and recently I added a red one as well. 

If you love vintage kitchen as much as I do, you might enjoy seeing my fun Pinterest Board
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:


Art and Sand said...


I loved seeing versions of so many of my mother's tools of the trade. Although, she was a worse cook than me!

JoyceG said...

I love seeing your collection of kitchen tools - I have many of the same, and just love seeing what other people have found. I think of everything I have collected over the years, kitchen "stuff" is my favorite. It touches my heart in so many ways!

20 North Ora said...

LOVE all your collections. I often think how zed my Mom would be at some of the new kitchen gadgets. LOL

Have a great weekend.


Linda W. said...

You should tell people you're an interior decorator, because you do it so well!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love all your kitchen tools and I remember most of them so well. I don't know why I didn't keep mine. I seem to collect only the new ones on the
The kitchen looks terrific with all your lovely tools of trade.
Have a wonderful weekend, Jann

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

loved looking at all your vintage tools. thanks for the look.

Susie said...

Jann, You have some wonderful kitchen tools. I love seeing many bring back memories. I remember when our mom got her first electric was a portable but it was exciting to all of us. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Mary Ann Potter said...

I enjoyed seeing your vintage kitchen treasures! What fun to keep a home!

Gayle said...

When I was a full time homemaker I called myself self-employed.
Nice collectibles.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I do love vintage kitchens... and you have an amazing collection! Thanks for sharing it with us... and thank you for participating in my "Let's Talk Vintage" party.
Have a great weekend!


J said...

You have a lovely collection! Those red handles rolling pins are beautiful. So enjoyed seeing this post - it was like a visit to my dear grandma's kitchen!

Sandi Magle said...

Great stuff, so many my mom had, and my grandmother. Very curious is the glass container with the mixer inside with the metal top with the upside down pear shape wood handle---a Horlick's Malted Milk mixer? I haven't seen that one before.

Love the red high chair…to set off the collection. Great stuff, makes me want to go dig mine out to share.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness Jann! What wonderfully shabby collections you have! I love them all and pinned many of them. Thanks so much for sharing!

Fran. said...

AND you should add "Most Awesome Vintage Thrift Store Frugal Pretty Lady Etc." to your resume!!! XOXO Love Fran. PS I love all the pics!! Tomato Slicer being my fav and envy the cool high chair!!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I recognized many of these tools from my Grandmothers kitchen and my Mothers. You ahve a fabulous collection!!! I am also wondering about the 4 tiered stand in the last picture, where did you get that??? I really love it too!

Rose L said...

Your RES PURE LARD container had me laughing so much! My youngest brother is named Rex and that just struck me as funny! Wish I could find one like that to give to him!!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

Love your vintage kitchen treasures, Jann! My collection of red and red-handled tools is smaller ~ but much loved!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Jann your post today really hit home. When I was a young mother of four I was ask by a very successful business women what I did. I looked at her kind of funny, and said that I was a stay at home mom. She said, no I don't mean that what job do you have? She just couldn't figure out what type of life I must live. I was not offended by her not understanding but rather I was happy that I had something wonderful in my life yet sad that she did not. I love looking at your beautiful collections many of them I have and still use, and others I have seen in the homes of grandparents. Thank you for the reminder of just how precious a life of a homemaker is. It is truly a blessing. Have a lovely weekend sweetie. XO Jo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I just love your red and green vintage kitchen items! I have a few of those things, like the jadeite bowl and the Kraft wooden box. I wish I had the room to display them all in my kitchen. And, I am finally not ashamed to say that I am a homemaker first and a vintage junkie second!!

Joy Junktion said...

I love your collection. I have a few of those same items. I am a red collector, it does my heart good! And, being a full time wife and mom is the toughest job in the world. I'm thankful that I was able to be that person for many years as my children grew up! What a blessing! Happy weekend! Blessings, Cindy

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

You know how much I enjoyed seeing all your red and green vintage treasures! And may I add how well they would go in my Kitchen too!! But you already know that!! I have a lot of pyrex too but many pieces are from when I forst go married 37 years ago so I guess they are now considered vintage!!

Thanks so much for all your visits!!


cynthia lee designs said...

Love your collection of vintage kitchen items. I have some of the same old kitchen pieces too.

Kiki Nakita said...

Such a precious collection. I love the colored juicer, never seen them in different colors before. ~ Kiki

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hi Jann, I love all your vintage kitchen collections :) Such cute ways of displaying them, too! I agree that 'homemaker' should be said proudly! :) x Karen