Buying vintage is a simple way to cut down on the volume of new things being made, while still freshening up your living space or wardrobe, which is why I love to look around the web and find vintage versions of what we might be looking for right now. 


Which for me, is fruit bowls. I like to keep almost all of my produce out in the summer, so that I will be encouraged to eat them, so I can admire how lovely local farmer's market fruits and veggies are, or so I can admire my own handiwork - I have a small garden where I grow lettuce, string beans, tomatoes, squash, herbs, watermelons, figs, and blueberries. 


But when mid-summer arrives, I find I'm out of places to keep my delcious harvests. To both save money and keep things interesting and unusual, I love vintage dishware, and fruit bowls (which can obviously be used for all kinds of veggies too) are a fun and versatile way to decorate. 


This turquoise blue fruit bowl will make anything brightly colored - a pile of oranges, as here, or lemons, bananas or mangoes - look even more appetizine. 

This Victorian-era raised square bowl is ideal for a large collection of produce like mine, since it creates different heights among the bowls and highlights whatever is inside that much more. This could be used for cake or Christmas decorations in other seasons. 

This beautiful Israeli fruit bowl shows a lovely patina that you only come across with vintage pieces. It's more oval shape and colors would be perfectly complimented by a bunch of bananas (which are a good idea to keep separate from other fruits anyway, as they hasten ripening). 

Sometimes your fruit needs a little breathing room (when quite ripe, fruit shouldn't be smooshed or stacked on eachother). Enter this romantic little yellow wrought iron number (notice the hearts?) which would also be ideal for use outside. 

If a modern style is your thing, this slightly asymmetrical 50's modern bowl on a small glass pedestal has a nice wide area and shallow for keeping all sorts of smaller fruits and veggies without threat of them getting lost. 

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Vintage Fridays: Fruit bowls to display summer's bounty
The more attractive the healthy snacks, the more you and your family will want to eat them up.