Friday, January 1, 2010

Using Vintage Picnic Tins to Display Antiques and Collecitbles

Vintage Picnic Tins Used For Displays

Handled picnic tins make great platforms for displaying antiques and collectibles at shows, in shops and even at home. Colorful , sturdy and practical picnic tins come in so many sizes and patterns and can be used as great "stands" for displaying collectibles.

Visiting The Glastonbury New Years Day Antique Show in Glastonbury, Connecticut

Each year I have the pleasure of meeting up with Wanita Paolino, a regular dealer at the Glastonbury New Year's Day Antiques Show (Glastonbury, CT). Wanita, from Johnston, Rhode Island packs her fabulous kitchen collectibles into vintage picnic tins and tin bread boxes and
then unpacks her goodies re-using the tins for showcasing her kitchenwares.

Picnic Tins Come in So Many Colors And Patterns

What I particularly like about Wanita's displays is that she coordinates the colors of the picnic tins (or bread boxes) with the kitchen collectibles she sets atop them. Sometimes she matches the same colors of the tins with similalr colored objects and other times she uses complimentary colors.

All of the tins she carries are in tip top shape and when she is not using picnic tins for "stands" you see plenty of tins that Wanita stacks. She has some of the coolest picnic tins out there.

Photos Courtesy of

Wanita Paolino Antiques 401-949-0659


Domestic Cow Antiques, Glastonbury, CT., 860-657-8157

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. Holy guacamole! I just discovered your blog, and I almost fell out of my chair when I saw all of those delicious picnic baskets! They're one of my favorite things to collect, and I've never ever seen a Christmas one. The search is on, because I must have one!

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I have 4 of those vintage picnic baskets and we use them for crafts storage and stacked all up they make a great end table.

    I am really enjoying your blog. Glad you invited me over. I love it!