I was so excited when I found these old enamel sugar, flour and rice containers! I come across them from time to time on auction, but they always fetch crazy prices so up until now have been out of my league. I bought this set from an old Indian lady who had had 12 children (yes 12!), and so it made sense for her to buy her staples en masse. Today with (much) smaller families we don’t really have a need to buy 20kg packs of rice and flour, but these containers can easily be repurposed to fit in with contemporary life. One use would be to use them as recycling bins in your kitchen: paper and plastic in one (Mondi have made recycling a breeze by collecting the two together); tin in the second; and glass in the last container. We all try to be good, but recycling can be messy, so these bins would provide a neat and very attractive solution to the problem. Another suggestion is to use them as laundry bins, or as storage containers for your dog pellets – so much more attractive than the plastic bags they come in, plus it’ll keep your pup’s food fresher for longer.
These bins have some serious age to them, so it’s not suprising that there’s a bit of wear and tear – some of the enamel has chipped off in places, and the one bin is missing its clasp. I’ve also had two replace some of the hinges, but these are at the back so won’t really be noticeable.
Authentic vintage enamelware is like hens teeth these days, so nab these bins while they’re still available!
Dimensions: 53cm tall x 34cm wide x 34cm deep
Price: R480 each