Sunday, June 9, 2013

fun and still useful

I'm a collector.  But I suppose you already knew that.  Some I collect just because I like them... others actually can be quite useful.

Like a vintage pitcher.

I came across this one last week at the thrift store.  A 1 quart carafe style juice pitcher for just $.99!  The graphics are still in great shape.  Although I wash my pitchers by hand, many previous owners may have put them through their dishwashers... the graphics don't hold up well to that kind of washing.  This one looks like it was rarely used.  I've seen glasses, little swanky swigs, that match this pattern.

Some of my pitchers are large, some like this cherry pitcher are much smaller.  This one is truly a juice pitcher to go with tiny little juice glasses.  I have one matching glass to this pitcher, I think it holds about 3 ounces... the glass that is.

Many of these pitchers were made by Hazel Atlas, Pyrex, Anchor Hocking... most, if not all had matching glasses.

A couple in my collection are plain pitchers, one large and one small.... actually I have two of the small one, I just didn't pull it out for the group photo.

Then there's this larger one.  I have three that are this 2 quart size.  This one and another are used on a regular basis.

After all, just because you're old doesn't mean you can't be fun and useful, right?  I use these two pitchers for iced tea.  They are so much better looking in my refrigerator than the plastic pitcher that came with my iced tea maker.

Plus these pitchers are practical... have you ever had a pitcher that DRIPPED when you poured from it?  Well I've had a number of those over the years.... these old ladies, they don't drip!  A wonderful trait to have since I pour many glasses of this tea every day.... (Did I ever tell you I'm addicted to Arnold Palmers?  Made with Newman's Own Lemonade and Luzianne tea which I have to buy on Amazon since they don't sell it this far north.)

So I'm happy to add another glass pitcher to the flock.

Now I'm on the hunt for matching glasses,

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  1. Now that was a great find. Never have I seen one with that pattern or in that good of shape.
    My hubby is from the south and I bet would love if I surprised him with that tea. His birthday is the 22nd of this month, I think I'll order it and say it is from the dog.
    I enjoyed seeing your collection, good luck on finding the glasses to match. xo

  2. My mother made a batch of sweet tea every day and put it in a glass pitcher in the fridge. We would ask for sips whenever we could. It always tasted better out of her glass.

  3. Love your collection . . . and your words . . . "just because you're old doesn't mean you aren't useful!"

  4. What fun pitchers for the summertime (or anytime, really!) It's always great to come across something you love...and at a terrific price!

  5. You have a great collection.
    I love the old pitchers and have a few. You are so right about them not dripping.

  6. A great addition to an already charming collection, I do use my glass pitcher all Summer long~ Hugs, Diane

  7. I have a few of these too, and love them! My mom always used them. Don't remember having a carton of juice in the fridge, but always a pitcher!

    Wedding update...downsized to family and a few close friends...would still love to get together. My job ends tonight so my time will be much free-er!!!!

  8. Chris,
    I have a couple also, and one that is clear that is small and almost square...I love them all and lemonade or iced tea served in them tastes 100% better!

  9. You find the greatest things at your thrift store! I have some juice pitchers like that, and to mix it up, sometimes I use them as vases for cut flowers from the garden.
    Love yours!

  10. What a very pretty collection you have!! Ice tea and lemonade always tastes better out of something pretty!! :) Have a great day! xo Holly

  11. What a great collection! I love the old glass and so pretty to use.

  12. How pretty! You sure can't find this anymore in the stores. Love them! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria


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