Got these cute rectangular tins EONS ago; when we were still doing primarily primitives in our store in Hillsboro. I think they had repro vintage laundry detergent labels on them. They were on clearance and super cheap, so I bought a CASE of them; in sets of 3 graduated sizes. The smallest about the size of a box of band-aids.
STILL had a lot of them left. So I made primitive tea stained labels to put on some of them to sell alongside the vintage bottles that I similarly labeled. (photo from Stars 2010)
You can see the can a little better in this picture. So I did that with a bunch of them and sold them as such. Then I started working on more of them and got as far as covering the original label with dark brown or tea stained paper; then I stopped. Recently found that box of them; and with those ‘blank canvases’ made these new altered versions:
From my previous experience with selling these in our store, I knew that people would HAVE to take the lids off. That’s the first thing they did when they would pick them up to look at them. Take the lid off. Even though they are obviously EMPTY. It’s just human nature. We want to SEE what’s inside. But the lids were a very snug fit and it took time to get them back on. Hence, at the end of every day at the store, I had to walk around and puts the lids back on all the tins! sigh. Since I can’t ‘be there’ to replace the lids at the malls, and don’t want them to ‘go missing’ (you’d be amazed at what ‘walks out’ of those places!?!) I GLUED them on when I started this project! (which does NOT necessarily guarantee that I WON’T find them with the lids taken off!) double sigh!
Vintage looking photos from an embellishment pad. TONS of great stuff in that thing!
Vintage dictionary page is from an actual old dictionary. I use the paper from it a LOT. Really inexpensive to buy at a thrift store. Another ‘flat back’ key. The vintage post card images are cut from a 12×12 sheet of scrapbook paper covered with them.
But more often that not, I buy stuff like that ‘when it catches my eye’ and it’s sometimes YEARS before I actually USE it. And by then, if I decide I want MORE, they don’t have them anymore?!?! But maybe that’s a GOOD thing!
I did all of these in one evening, in front of the TV.