If you have been following me for a little while, you probably know all about my love for vintage copper. Copper just has this simple beauty to it that is aged and timeless and can be worked into any room. The coloring of copper really can’t be compared to anything else, and the best is when that coloring is covered with a beautiful antique patina. Today I want to share with you on how to go about displaying thrifted vintage copper in your home!
A Brief History Of Copper
Copper has been around for thousands of years, some copper being dated back to around 9000 BC! Since it’s discovery, copper has always been valuable. It has been an important metal because it is very diverse, being used for practical purposes as well as decorative.
Copper items dating back to 9000 BC have been discovered, though it is believed that the Mesopotamians were the first to produce and use it about 6,000 years ago. During that time, the excitement over copper grew and that led to a period known around the globe as the ‘Copper Age’.
Copper cookware became popular during the 1800’s and into the 1900’s. These old pieces are quite expensive and heavy, typically showcasing a brass or cast iron handle. As Julia Child said in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, “copper pots are the most satisfactory of all to cook in, as they hold and spread the heat well.”
Where to Find Thrifted Vintage Copper
None of my pieces of copper are super old or heavy. In fact most of my copper pieces are light and the metal on them is very thin, but each piece is unique and worthy of collecting.
I started collecting copper last year and am always on the hunt for more pieces. You might assume that you need to pay a high dollar amount to purchase vintage copper pieces, but I’m here to tell you that you do not! All of the pieces that you see here have been found thrifted for an affordable price.
All of my copper pieces have been found at antique stores or THRIFT STORES. Typically when I head into a thrift store I make a beeline straight for the kitchen and house ware aisles. I just start digging around, looking for copper treasure!
Collecting Thrifted Vintage Copper
My collection of copper teapots with white and blue porcelain handles have all come from thrift stores. I haven’t paid more than $6 for any of them. I absolutely love the mix of the porcelain with the copper. Each of my teapots has a slightly different shape than the other and the pattern on the porcelain is unique on each one as well. They are so pretty in my kitchen and bring me joy each time I see them.
Another copper piece in my collection is this adorable little creamer. I found it at a thrift store and paid $2 for it! I scoured the rest of the store looking for it’s mate, the sugar dish, but it wasn’t to be found. It is so cute and I have never come across anything like it before.
The largest piece of vintage copper that I found at a thrift store is this beautiful kettle! It was still in a box by the donation door that was being wheeled out to be put on the shelf and I scooped it up! The copper coloring has a pink hue to it and the double handles make this piece one of a kind.
I was antiquing with my husband on Valentine’s Day and spotted this pot in one of the booths. Normally I don’t find copper at antique stores because they are always priced too high, but this pot was marked for $10! It adds such an old-time feel to my kitchen and what makes it extra special is that there is a stamp on the bottom that reads ‘ Old Colony’.
This canister is one of my favorite finds. Also found at an antique store, it was marked for only $7! It has a copper label on the front that reads ‘Flour’. I love the way that the label is a little darker than the rest of the piece and the little handle on top of the lid is just charming. I’m always looking for more canisters like these to add to my collection!
Why I Love Displaying Thrifted Vintage Copper
Collecting and displaying thrifted vintage copper is so rewarding. I just love the way that it creates a cozy yet bright mood in my kitchen. The copper color pairs beautifully with the green accents that are in my kitchen such as my antique green pendant light above the sink and the green knobs on my kitchen cabinets.
This old metal provides an instant statement from chic to contemporary spaces, but is just as effective at creating a warm and cozy atmosphere for a more vintage feel. The patina and weathered appearance that copper tends to give off adds such character to a space. It really is the perfect type of vintage decor for any home.
I hope you have found inspiration here today on displaying vintage copper and where to find it! Let me know in the comments below if you have a copper collection and how you display it in your home. Be inspired!
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