What am I?
I am an antique sewing tin!
These charming little tins where the “must have accessory” of seamstresses in the 19th and early 20th century.
The three-part design of these tins was a clever solution for organizing and transporting sewing supplies. The different pieces could be separated and stored in a compact manner, making them easy to carry from place to place. The ingenuity and practicality of our ancestors! These tins were also designed with beauty in mind. They were often made of metal and came in various shapes and sizes. Back in the day, they would be as commonplace as a TV nowadays, so you would want them to be aesthetically pleasing.
This little red tin offers a glimpse into the past and a reminder of a time when practicality and aesthetics were combined in everyday objects.
Did you guess it right?
January 11th, 2023
It’s the original hipster, Mr. Potato Head!
The original Mr. Potato Head was first introduced in 1952 by Hasbro. The toy was a hit with children and quickly became a beloved classic. The original version of Mr. Potato Head consisted of a real potato and a set of plastic parts, including eyes, ears, a nose, a mouth, and other accessories. You would poke the plastic parts into the potato to create your own unique potato characters.
In 1964, Hasbro released a plastic potato body, so you wouldn't have to use real potatoes anymore. This move was a practical one as real potatoes were perishable and could attract bugs. This new plastic potato body had a hole in the bottom to store the extra parts when not in use.
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Katherine Lynch is the Assistant Manager of the Winnetka Thrift Shop. She LOVES thrifting and sharing all her little Hobnobby things right here.