Monday, April 16, 2012

COLLECTION #208: Fruit-Themed Kitchen Stuff

I just love fruit! Yummy to eat, and fun and colorful to look at! Doesn't every kitchen look more cheery with a bowl on the table, counter or island, full of apples, oranges, bananas? Designers of fabric, ceramics, and kitchenware of all kinds, discovered the popularity of fruit as a theme back in the '30s and '40s, and you can often discover wonderful vintage canisters, table linens, dishes, and other kitchen accessories for a reasonable price at flea markets and online auctions. I have a plethora of colorful fruity ware... I like it so much, that my kitchen color scheme is red and white, with green and yellow as accent colors. Most of my fruit themed items are vintage, but I pick up modern items from time to time, that feature a retro look.  About ten years ago, Martha Stewart had a retro kitchen linen line at K-mart, and I bought everything I could get my hands on: tea towels, place mats, pot holders, etc. When they were discontinued, I picked up a few more items on closeout before they completely disappeared.  Target had a wonderful cherry themed retro kitchen pottery line. I believe I bought everything I could: canisters, napkin holder, salt and pepper shakers, mugs. Like the Martha Stewart line at K-Mart, it's long gone, and I can't even find replacements online.
Cherry-themed ceramic canisters are from Target
But I much prefer my vintage items. I have several linens: tablecloths and tea towels, tin canisters, and a cute flour sifter with apples on it. I also adore a fun little strawberry wall decoration... it's probably from the 1940s or early '50s. It hangs above my stove with some colorful tin signs.

So, I'll just post all the photos for your enjoyment!

Vintage table linens and tea towels

The yellow box in the background was painted by me, many years ago.

Vintage strawberry wall plaque, made in Japan

You gotta love cherries!

The pot holder in the background is from the Martha Stewart collection from K-Mart, around 1998

Apple-y goodness!


Anonymous said...

I have the entire line of Target Cherry items. I'm moving at the end of the week and really need to sell them . While looking for a price comparison online, I found your blog. Before I post them on Craigslist, would you like to purchase them? Please reply to

Unknown said...

Would you consider selling the large cherry canister from Target? My son broke mine today. Kathy