Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Using Vintage Holiday Tins for Your Cookies, Cakes and Candy

Gifting With Vintage Tins

Vintage cookie and candy tins make lovely containers for holiday gifts, especially when giving home-made cookies, cakes and candies or popcorn. While some antique tins are very special and fetch a lot of money, the tins I am talking about can be found for a few dollars.

Vintage tins come in all sizes, shapes, patterns and colors. You will discover squares, rounds, ovals, rectangles and canisters shapes. I adore the tins with handles that often were used as lunch pails after the goodies were eaten.

Tins in Holiday Colors or Special Themes

Around the holiday time, you may want to look for reds. greens, plaids, Christmas and winter themed tins. Or perhaps if you are giving a gift to a child, you might consider a container with an animal theme or perhaps a popular character such as Mickey Mouse , Garfield, Snoopy etc.

Florals Make Lovely Patterns for Tins

Ladies may enjoy their goodies packed into a pretty floral patterned tin. While the gentleman may get a kick out of a tin with a sports or hunting theme . Pet lovers might find tins with doggy or kitty images a sweet idea. There are so many options for special tins for special people.

In fact you can even personalize a plain tin with the person's name or a warm greeting. Visit you local craft or art store and pick up a paint pen designed to write on plastic and metal surfaces.

Buying Older Tins

You can find older tins in thrift shops, flea markets, tag slaes, antique stores, on-line auctions for a few dollars. Sometimes you can even pick up a whole box lot of tins for next to nothing. I have bought plenty of tins for pocket change. Be sure to clean the tins carefully, drying them real well with a towel. Be careful about getting any paper labels wet. After your tin is cleaned, and dried, you may want to line the tin with either foil, wax paper, plastic wrap before placing your cookies, cake or candies inside. Many people also use a layer of colorful tissue paper, decorative paper napkin or a cloth napkin in additon to the first layer of lining. This is a way to keep your
goodies nice and fresh.

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Photo of Santa Tin Courtesy of HummingbirdHideawa on

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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1 comment:

  1. your tin box very nice i like .and i collecting tin boxes too.