Collecting and Using Decorative Tin Boxes, Christmas Tins Too!
The first purchase we made!
Before moving to Colorado, I had always lived in humid climates and thought that this metal container would keep crackers fresher and bug free. We have used it for about 40 years and, while there some dings and dents made by fascinated toddlers, it is still attractive and useful.
A vintage Christmas tin
The first vintage container that we purchased ... in an auction box
Normally, I do not attend auctions but in the late sixties I did check the miscellaneous boxes at one. One of them contained western china (see my 'western' china hubs). This Christmas tin was also in the box. It contained many sewing items; such as, buttons, cards of hook/eyes and snaps, pieces of elastic tape, small spools of thread. Some I have used, but you can see that I still have some of the original items in the tin.
Traditionally, the round tins were used for round cakes, such as fruit cakes. Other oblong tins were used for those baked in loaf pans.
Boxes used for chocolates
The early wooden boxes were designed so attractively that they were kept after the candy was eaten. For example, the box shown is inlaid with other woods and there are other decorative carvings around the sides as well.
A box such as this one can be used for necklace packages, as I do, or for stationery, sewing supplies, craft supplies, photos, or other items. .
Modern candy tins
Although many modern tins have designs that make them look older, most seen in thrift shops and garage sales are fairly new. That does not make them less desirable, however. As you will see from my pictures, they are suitable for storing buttons, sewing materials, small pictures, jewelry, or other items.
An assortment of tins I use
Many companies put chocolates for Valentine's Day in attractive tin boxes
What can we do when we have just too many tin boxes.
- If you have small boxes with appropriate illustrations, line the box with tissue or cotton and give it to a little youngster with trinkets inside.
- Use for a gift of homemade cookies, candy, or other food item. Note: always make sure that it is a food-safe storage container. Can also be lined with plastic wrap.
- Donate to your favorite thrift shop or a white elephant sale.