Wearing vintage clothing and accessories is one of the most accessible and affordable (not to mention creative) ways to reduce the environmental impact of your wardrobe and home goods. So every week, I comb Etsy and eBay and find beautiful vintage pieces around a particular theme. (Check out last week's entry, "Hats through the decades.")
Since it's both the season for baking and the season for gift-buying, I went hunting for vintage accessories with which to create delectable treats (that also look good enough to hang on a kitchen wall). None of these are made from plastic, a material which has pretty negative environmental consequences, and may have direct negative health impacts, too. Taking time to turn off the electronics, TV and mute the phone and concentrate on baking, either solo or with family and friends, is a simple way to enjoy the season. Giving gifts that are both useful and beautiful makes it more likely that they will be used. And by participating in the used goods market, you are supporting small businesses and individuals, instead of corporations this holiday season.
A long-handled baking paddle like this one from Ebay seller bloobu7 is probably not the right implement for actually pulling pies out of a hot oven, but it would make a very sweet bit of kitchen decor and could be used as a trivet at the Sunday dinner table.
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