Top 15 Favorite Kitchen Collectibles

Kitchen collectibles have long been at the top of many people’s lists of favorite vintage items to collect. We are no exception! The great news for vintage lovers is that many kitchen collectibles are very inexpensive and are great fun and easy to search for at almost any local flea market, garage sale, or thrift store!

We LOVE Kitchen Items!

I have mentioned in previous posts that Sister and I inherited a lovely 100+ year old house that was a virtual treasure trove of antiques and vintage finds from our mother. While our mother had eclectic tastes and had a great eye for unusual and one-of-a-kind treasures, her true love was all things kitchen! Sister and I most definitely inherited her love of bright, colorful, and always cheerful vintage canisters, shakers, mixing bowls, cookie jars, etc. If you have ever visited our booth at the Cedar Chest Antique Mall in McGregor, Texas, you will notice that we always offer a large selection of these items.

Our Favorite Items:

While there are very few kitchen related items that we don’t love, there are some that we nearly always gravitate to. I am going to list them here. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and I feel quite certain that I have missed some. Also, these are not listed in any particular order, so here we go…!

  • Salt and Pepper Shakers– If you pay any attention to our booth and/or our Etsy shop, you will notice that we offer TONS of these! We especially love the cute figural and anthropomorphic ones!
  • Aprons– Vintage aprons are easy to find and come in all styles! We especially love all of the hand sewn aprons that are readily available and can be found in any color/style imaginable!
  • Canisters– Our favorite types of canisters are the colorful and wonderful old metal ones.
  • Pyrex– I have written previously about Pyrex. We love it, and while it is still possible to find Pyrex at affordable prices, be aware that it is very popular and people might fight you for it! 🙂
  • Kitchen Utensils: I am including many different types of utensils here. This could mean rolling pins, egg beaters, biscuit cutters, potato mashers, etc. We love the old red and green wooden handle utensils!
  • Tins– Many people love to collect old kitchen tins. This could include spice tins, biscuit tins, coffee tins, etc. Sister found a really cool old potato chip tin recently at an estate sale. You will see it pictured below.
  • Bread Boxes: Bread boxes are another popular kitchen collectible. They can be found in wood and metal versions. Again, we love the colorful metal bread boxes!
  • Cake Savers– Vintage cake savers were very popular back in the day. They are most commonly found in plastic and metal form. Cake savers are not quite as easy to find as some other items, but they are out there!
  • Recipe Boxes– These are really selling like hotcakes for us right now! They are usually found in both wood and metal. It is especially lovely when you find one that is already filled with wonderful, old vintage recipes!
  • Mixing Bowls: Mixing bowls come in many forms. Many people like to collect Pyrex, Jadeite, and other stoneware crock-type bowls. We love them all!
  • Cookbooks– Oh how we love these! We love them so much that one of our first blog posts was dedicated to them. Old cookbooks can be found everywhere!
  • Teacups/Saucers and Teapots: I have collected teacups and teapots for most of my adult life. I loved them even before I became an antiques and collectibles fanatic.
  • Drinkware– Vintage drinkware can include many things. We tend to stock primarily old glass tumblers and juice glasses in our booth and Etsy shop. Swanky Swigs are some of our best-loved items. We find that they are always some of our best sellers.
  • Flour Sifters– Flour sifters may initially sound rather dull…but they’re definitely not! Some of the old metal flour sifters are amazing and quite lovely. They also sell quickly, so you have to grab them while you can!
  • Cookie Cutters– Cookie cutters are still very inexpensive and can be found everywhere. We like to collect holiday related and wooden-handled cookie cutters.

Final Thoughts:

There you have it! The items above are some of our very favorite kitchen collectibles. I feel quite certain that I missed a few, but my hope is that you can, at a minimum, appreciate the variety of items available and that maybe you’ll even decide to begin a collection of your own!
FYI… Almost of the items above are from either our booth or our Etsy shop. A few are from our own personal collections. If you love vintage kitchen collectibles, don’t forget to check our Etsy shop frequently for newly added kitchen treasures!
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This post was originally published on our Two Ladybugs Vintage website.


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Here’s to New Beginnings!

Leaving the teaching profession after twenty years was not an easy decision! Teaching is, in my opinion, the most important profession. After all, “Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions.” -UnknownI did get out of teaching much sooner than I thought that I would…ridiculous expectations, standardized testing, and a general lack of respect for the teaching profession did contribute to my premature departure. Despite all of that, I still feel with every fiber and ounce of my being, that this world needs good teachers more than ever before. I also still believe that despite the obstacles, teaching remains an extremely rewarding and emotionally fulfilling endeavor! The purpose of this blog post is to share a little bit about my journey as a teacher, give a bit of advice to new teachers, and to tell you about my new adventures!

Teaching: A Calling

A good teacher is like a candle-it consumes itself to light the way for others. – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
I have long proposed that teaching is not, and should not, be viewed as a “job.” It is far more than that. It is a calling. You are performing a public service, You are using your special gifts to “give back” to the world. It is important that teachers enter the profession with these thoughts in mind. When you view teaching through this lens, then it is easier to tap into the reserves of energy and grit that will be required at times as you travel through the journey of being a teacher.
I taught for twenty years at one school. I truly felt “called” to be there. It was a very tough place to teach. It was an extremely high poverty school with a large number of students who were learning English as a second language. Many of my students struggled in various ways. Some of them were homeless. Some of my students were experiencing various forms of neglect at home. Many of my students had never experienced basic life events like those who come from more affluent homes. I had students who had never been on a vacation, gone to a movie, been to an amusement park, museum etc… you get the picture. Why did I choose to stay there? I could have gone somewhere else. I chose it because of what I mentioned previously. For me, teaching was a calling! I truly felt that I was placed there for a reason, and I gave it my all every single day. I don’t regret it for one moment!

Advice for New Teachers:

I could expound upon the topic of teaching and the value of public education for hours because I continue to feel so passionately about it, but I will instead give a few simple little gems of advice that I have for new teachers entering the profession.


Find a Friend or Mentor:Teaching can be totally overwhelming, so find someone to share it with! Find somebody who is willing to listen and to be supportive. One of the best ways to overcome the inevitable stress that teaching brings is “venting” to a colleague.


Laughter Cures Everything!: Yes. Teaching is IMPORTANT! At the same time, nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. Don’t take yourself too seriously. We all need to find a way to just see the humor and LAUGH!! It’s a huge stress reliever. Laughter is also key in the classroom! Students love to laugh, and they love it when you can laugh at yourself. Believe me when I say… you will find plenty to laugh about in the classroom! 🙂


Focus on the Big Picture and Prioritize: Yes. You will have a long to-do list everyday. No. You will not accomplish everything on that list most days. Accept that, and keep your eye on the end goals. Focus on the big picture. Do not get “bogged down” in the little details. When you do this, you will be able to see what the most important items are, and accomplish those FIRST!


Relationships are EVERYTHING! I saved the most important advice for last. Relationship building is the single most important thing! You cannot teach a child if you do not have a positive, respectful relationship with him or her!! You just can’t! Take the time to get to know your students. Ask them about their lives outside of school and LISTEN!

A New Chapter:

Here I am at fifty years old, and I am embarking on a new journey. I am one of those people who gives my all to whatever that I am doing. That may be one of the reasons, that my teaching journey came to a premature end, but I am certain that it was time. I am also one of those lucky souls who has many passions. I have a strong desire to try many different things. There are so many things that I would love to do with my life, and now I will have the time to do them!

A New Mrs. Fritz:

For those of you who know me, you know that I am the proud mom of two fabulous young men. Several years ago, my oldest son began dating and later married the most wonderful girl imaginable. My beautiful daughter-in-law is truly the daughter that I never had. I love her like she is my own. Last May, she graduated from college, and she just completed her first year of teaching! Believe it or not, she is following in my footsteps as a second grade teacher! This thrills me to no end, because I get the opportunity to pass on my experiences and wisdom to her. She was also the recipient of my beloved collection of children’s books that she can now use in her own classroom! The Fritz family teaching legacy marches on through her…

What the Future Holds:

Now that I have made my contributions to the world through my twenty years in public education, I am preparing for a whole new journey! Sister and I launched an antiques and collectibles business recently. We began this journey a couple of years ago, by renting a booth in a local antique mall and have since branched out into online sales through our Etsy shop! We would like to eventually follow in our mother’s footsteps and open an estate sale business, as well. In the process of setting up our website, I have recently discovered that I actually love blogging… Who knows what the future will bring? I leave you with this quote:
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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My Father: A Man of Substance

“Don’t ever underestimate the impact that you may have on someone else’s life.” Anonymous

Larger Than Life:

In honor of Father’s Day, I would like to tell you about one of the people who has made a lasting impact in my life…my father. There is no denying that my father has led a life of distinction. He is a former CEO, chemist, professor, naval officer, star athlete, author, the list goes on… The greatest thing about my father, though, is that he is one of the most humble, kind-hearted, and self-deprecating people I know. My father grew up in a very small Texas town, where he was raised by parents who believed in hard work and the importance of education. He grew up working on their ranch and learned the value of hard work from an early age. He went on to become a football and basketball star in high school and eventually to earn his PhD in chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He took time in between to serve his country as a naval officer, and was stationed in Bethesda, Maryland when I was born. In later years, he worked as a professor, in various leadership roles in higher education and in the healthcare industry, and eventually worked his way up to becoming the CEO of Advent Health.

A Gentle Giant:

Don Jernigan didn’t rise to those heights by accident. He did it through hard work, grit, determination, and just sheer brilliance. It also required a strong ability to build relationships, as well as, the ability to empower others and lead by example. All of these things are amazing and exceptional, but here’s the best part…my father is also a kind-hearted, humble, selfless, gentle giant. I use the word giant quite literally, as he is a very tall and imposing figure. Those of us who are blessed to know him well, know that Don Jernigan is a man of strong moral fortitude and Christian faith. He is essentially a kind and tender-hearted man of integrity.

A Family Man:

My father is very much a family man. He is a very devoted husband. He values time together with his children and grandchildren. He understands that any time that can be spent with family is truly a gift. He has taken us all on some exciting and memorable trips over the years, and even though he lives in Florida, and the rest of us are in Texas, he manages to make the most of the time that he spends with us. He is a very proud father and grandfather and loves to tell others about his daughters and grandchildren.

His Legacy:

Because of his humility, I’m not certain that my father truly understands the impact that he has made on so many. I see him daily in myself and my children. I was blessed to inherit his positive outlook, work ethic, determination, and a true understanding of the importance of serving others. My oldest son, Garrett, was blessed to inherit my father’s truly brilliant and beautiful mind. He shares his grandfather’s sense of duty, selflessness, work ethic, empathy, and grace. My youngest son, Gavin, inherited my father’s athletic ability, grit, determination, drive, intelligence, and sense of servant leadership. What a beautiful thing it is to live on through your children and grandchildren. Billy Graham once said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”

A Fighter:

Currently my wonderful father is displaying many of his finest personal qualities and is serving, yet again, as a wonderful role model. He was diagnosed last fall with leukemia. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in February. While there have been a few setback along the way, he has faced this challenge head-on with grace, determination, and faith. He is a fighter, and I know without a shadow of a doubt, that he will, yet again, rise to the occasion, show that trademark determination and grit and be stronger for it.

A Role Model:

I have honestly been so blessed to have had two remarkable parents. While they each made their marks on our lives in different ways, there is no mistaking their influence in both their children and grandchildren. What a beautiful legacy!

This post was originally published on our Two Ladybugs Vintage website.

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Vintage Decor: An Amateur’s Guide

While many of us would love to be able to afford to have our homes designed and decorated by professional interior decorators, the truth is, that for most of us, that is just not possible. I would argue that a home that is decorated by YOU with the things that YOU love, and in a style that is YOURS is best!

Be Yourself!

It’s YOUR home! Do what makes YOU happy! It is my personal belief that it is important to live a life that makes YOU happy! Our choices shouldn’t be dictated by the preferences of others. Of all of the things that I most admired about my own mother, it was her ability to live her life on her own terms that I loved the most. I recently came across this quote from Caroline Kennedy that I think is a perfect example of this,
I think my mother… made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms, and you have to not worry about what other people think, and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected. Caroline Kennedy

Go For It!

Now for the hard part…where to begin… Taking the first step in anything we do is always the hardest part. Now, if you are a rule follower like me, you might tend to want to overanalyze your choices and just try too hard! NO! Just get in there and start playing around until you create something that appeals to you and makes you happy. I love to decorate, and I have been known to change around a particular room and/or display hundreds of times. I just enjoy the create end of it all, but I learned a long time ago, just to keep moving things around until you like it! You can always move it again!

Helpful Tips:

While I don’t propose that you follow any particular rules in decorating your home with vintage items, I can share with you some things that I tend to do. Remember, this is the amateur’s guide… I am far from a professional, but here goes…

  • Create groupings of collections of similar items
  • Create vignettes
  • Create seasonal displays
  • Combine vintage and new items
  • Use what you LOVE!

Create Groupings of Collections or Similar Items:

This is my personal favorite! If you love cats, then display a collection of cat related items! If you love a particular color, then display a collection of items that you love in that color! There are limitless possibilities! The following photos are from our own personal homes. I have also included photos from my niece’s home, as well!

Sister's girl figurines

Create Vignettes:

Creating vignettes is simply grouping several objects together to form a picture or tell a story. I think that this is best explained through more photos…

Create Seasonal Displays:

This is especially fun if you’re a big holiday nut like me! I am particularly fond of vintage Christmas decor, but you can do something like the following photos for any holiday and/or season!

Combine Vintage and New:

When decorating with vintage items, it is worth noting, that there is nothing wrong with combining items that we love that are both old and new! I happen to be in love with Ree Drummond’s (of The Pioneer Woman fame) line of home decor items, and I often decorate with combinations of both!

Don’t Forget the Garden!

As much as I love decorating the interior of my home, we mustn’t forget the exterior. Garden decor is just as much fun. There are numerous ideas for using vintage items to spruce up our yards, as well!

Do and Use What you Love!

My true purpose in writing this, is to help you to understand that your home is YOURS, and you are the author of your life. YOU get to choose the items and styles that appeal to YOU! Life is too short to spend it worrying about the opinions of others at the expense of our own authenticity and happiness. Make up your own rules, and happy decorating!

This post was originally published on our Two Ladybugs Vintage website.

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Antiques, Fixer Upper, and Blue Bell!

For fans of antiques and vintage treasures, Blue Bell ice cream, and Chip and Joanna Gaines… I have some news for you! You can spend a day experiencing all three in Central Texas! Central Texas offers some outstanding shopping opportunities for those who love vintage and antique finds! One fun option for a day trip spent shopping and dining is an easy drive to McGregor, Texas.

Cedar Chest Antique Mall and More:

The Cedar Chest Antique Mall is an 18,000 square foot indoor mall that offers something for everyone! There is also another smaller mall that is just down the road that is called The Cedar Chest Too! These two buildings are literally full of amazing vintage treasures. As if this isn’t enough… there is also an outdoor market located on-site called The Market at Cedar Chest. All three of these sites offer a wide variety of vintage and antique furniture, decor items in many popular styles, including farmhouse, shabby chic, mid-century modern, retro, and more. There are tons of cool vintage tools, toys, books, jewelry, and so much more!

Fox’s Treats and Eats:

Attached to the main building is a really great little cafe called Fox’s Treats and Eats. This place is amazing! They offer homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches and serve Blue Bell ice cream. Their food is delicious, and their bread is baked fresh daily. They are open Monday-Saturday 11am-4:30 and Sunday 12-4. The ambiance is that of a 1950’s diner. Another really neat touch is the addition of an antique soda fountain from the 1920’s! Sister and I both love the chicken and dumplings, and I also really enjoyed a delicious BLT there recently. It is definitely worth a visit!

Fixer Upper Fame:

For those of you who are fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame, you might recall several episodes where Chip and Joanna were shopping in The Cedar Chest! If you are a fan of Chip and Joanna, then another option would be to drive on over to Waco and spend some time shopping at Magnolia Market at the Silos. It is just a 17 mile drive to Magnolia Market from the Cedar Chest! On a side note, McGregor is also home to Magnolia House, a lovely bed and breakfast that is owned by the Gaines family. that was featured in this article from Country Living Magazine.

Our Booth:

Sister and I have rented a booth in The Cedar Chest for a couple of years now. We have really enjoyed our time there. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase some of our vintage and antique finds in a good location that attracts a large number of shoppers! Below is a glimpse of how our booth has looked over time…

In summary, if you are a Central Texas resident or are visiting this area, and you are looking for some ideas for how to spend a fun day, you should consider a trip to McGregor, Texas!

This post was originally published on our Two Ladybugs Vintage website.


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She Sheds: A Girl’s Best Friend

A “she shed” is a getaway/hideaway for females. I guess you could describe it as being similar to a “man cave,” but for girls! It is a place where you can relax and do whatever strikes your fancy…read, paint, create, write, reflect, nap…you name it! The best thing about it is that it is all yours. It reflects your personality and interests.

Possibilities:

If you google “she sheds” you can find endless ideas and possibilities. Some possible locations for your own personal shed could include:

  • Old sheds
  • Campers
  • Tree houses
  • Barns
  • Sheds from a kit sold at Home Depot, Lowes, etc
  • Rooms in your home
  • The sky is the limit!

Pinterest Ideas:

I love Pinterest, and it is my go-to source for inspiration and ideas for almost anything. If you need inspiration for all of the endless possibilities for your own shed, check out this Pinterest link! There are tons of great ideas here that can help you to form a vision for your own private retreat!

Decorating Your Shed:

My own personal style tends toward a more vintage look. If you’re like me, then you can find many decorative options at your local area flea markets, estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores, etc. We offer lots of great vintage decor items at our Etsy shop. I also purchase items online through Ebay, Etsy, Mercari, etc. Even if the vintage look is not your thing, great inexpensive decorative items can be found at these same places.

My Shed:

Last Mother’s Day weekend, I got the surprise of a lifetime! My wonderful, saint of a husband and my youngest son built me my own shed! My husband purchased a kit from Lowes, and it was relatively simple to build. They were able to complete it in about three days. It is approximately 8 x 12 feet, and it is perfect for me. I painted the inside white, and I still need to paint the outside. Since I live in Texas, and the temperatures get super hot in the summer, I invested in a portable air conditioner. I also purchased a cute, little electric heater for the winter months. I primarily use my she shed to read, blog, rest, and relax. I love it so very much, and I think that everybody can benefit from having their own, private haven as a means to escape the hectic hustle and bustle of life. I have included photos of my shed below, and I hope they will inspire you to consider one for yourself!

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Live, Laugh, Love: A Tribute to My Mother

On my mother’s headstone are engraved three simple but important words: Live-Laugh-Love.These words were my mother’s favorite quote, and they embody everything you needed to know about her. Those three words describe her life perfectly! Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and I want to tell you about the person who shaped me into the person that I am today.

Live:

Oh, how that woman LIVED!! She lived joyfully, simply, gratefully, and with determination and grit. My mother taught me the value of living life each day to the fullest! When she was confronted with challenges, as we all are at times, she faced her challenges head-on. She refused to allow others to steal her joy, and she was always thankful for what she had. She always said (as I alluded to in a previous post), “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” and that’s exactly what she did! When she went through a divorce and became a single mother of two young daughters, she was able to provide a stable, healthy, loving home for us. The same determined and fearless spirit is what gave her the gumption to quit her boring and unrewarding job as a medical secretary and launch her own business! Nothing could keep her down for long. She always found a way to look at the bright side of life and saw the possibilities. It was her ability to truly live that enabled her to have so many stories to tell as she got older. There was no such thing as “sitting on the sidelines” and watching life pass her by. She was much too busy living for that!

Mother was able to make it to many of my son’s college baseball games before she passed away. She was his greatest fan!

Laugh:

I wish I had a recording of her laugh. It was contagious! She was known for her stories, and they would become more and more outrageous the more times that she told them. She was known to “embellish” her stories a bit…My word, the stories that I could tell about her. We went on so many fun adventures with her. Once, she had a desire to “spy” on some people at a high school graduation. (I’ll leave the details to your imagination). Well, before we knew what was happening, she had rented a car and dragged Sister and I with her to the graduation. While we were too embarrassed to get out of the car, she dressed in disguise, marched herself right into that gym, and sat right there close to the culprits. They never knew she was there. We laughed about that for years! We laughed with her all the time! She loved life, and laughed through it all. I truly believe that is one of her greatest gifts to us. Sister and I can laugh in even the toughest of times. We can nearly always find something to laugh about. It’s good for the soul…

Love:

My mother loved deeply and fiercely. She loved her family above all else. She literally adored her two girls and her three amazing grandchildren. She also gave the gift of time. Mother attended every single event that her children or grandchildren participated in, be it sporting events, band, you named it, and she was there. She was proud of us no matter what. She loved us unconditionally, and that was the greatest gift. She never compared us to each other. She accepted us as we were. Because of her, I learned not to compare my boys and to accept them for the beautiful, unique souls that they are. What a gift. What a legacy. What a life well lived! Thank you for everything!

So proud of her three grandchildren…

This post was originally published on our Two Ladybugs Vintage website.

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