When I moved into my own place back in 2000, my Mom gave me a beautiful bowl that once belonged to my Great Grandmother. Four years later, I saw the same bowl on the cover of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. My Grandfather and I looked through the pages to see it several more times, as he remembered his mothers mixing bowl that now belonged to me.
Was it suddenly more valuable to us now that it was featured in a magazine? Not really. What gives it value is the story behind it and how this now popular, yellow ware bowl was often used to prepare and serve food by the hands of my Great Grandmother.
Over the years I have seen several of them in the antique shops and in photos on the internet, beautifully displayed in many kitchens. I love how these pieces look in my own kitchen as well, but they hold so many memories and have been the topic of many conversations when family and friends visit.
I especially love these green vintage Pyrex bowls in the “crazy daisy” pattern. My Grandmother prepared many meals with this set along with the matching baking dishes…she loved the pattern! I see them a lot now on Pinterest and for sale on eBay and Amazon. I don’t think I would buy anymore in this pattern so that I don’t confuse them with my Grandmother’s, but I wouldn’t mind having a few of the vintage yellow bowls with the floral pattern. I love how the green looks with my new kitchen paint color.
This floral metal tray was always one of my favorite pieces in my Grandmother’s kitchen. She always had it displayed until she gave it to me several years ago. If I remember correctly, she said it was one of her wedding gifts.
Here it is in the background of this picture from 1981, as I was obviously enjoying a piece of cake. Check out the plate that went with her Pyrex bowls…
The family piece that always gets the most conversation is my Grandfather’s butcher block, which once sat in the meat department of the old A&P Grocery store in downtown Waynesboro. It was the first block he used to butcher when he worked there. It’s now our kitchen island where we prepare meals. People who visit always ask about it, but what makes it so interesting is that it is a piece of local history as well.
My Grandparents first met in this grocery store while he was working behind the meat counter and she was on a shopping trip. My Aunt and I have tried so hard to find any pictures of the old A&P and so far we have only come across one. The Waynesboro Heritage Foundation sent me this photo of a downtown flood in 1940, and you can see the A&P sign in the background. I have been on a mission to find more photos….
My Grandaddy’s old scale makes a nice decorative piece as well…also used when he was a butcher and for many years after. I still use it occasionally, but not often since it does have some chipped and rusted places. I love the color and it supports a few of my cookbooks so I can display them.
I guess this would make me a hand-me-down type decorator…well, I wouldn’t really say I’m much of a decorator. I think they are fun, colorful pieces that add a lot to a room and many conversations. If you have any special family pieces that are a part of your decor, please share your link in the comments. I would love to check them out and add them to my Pinterest Boards!
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