Ok, I’m perhaps inordinately excited about this Craig’s List find, but I’m so geeked! Not only do I have a convenient place in the kitchen to hold my entire pantry’s worth of canned goods (home and commercial), but it’s gorgeous. Don’t know the exact build date, but it’s over 100 years old and not a piece of junk at all. I think this qualifies as my first bona fide antique, as opposed to “something old someone else is getting rid of but I have lower standards.” (Click to enlarge)
Items are grouped by “family”: jam, fruit, veg, beans, soup, etc. There’s even a corner reserved for “gifts.” Space between groups lets me see an entire column of cans so I don’t have to pull everything out to see what the variety of beans in the back is. I’m contemplating snazzy paper labels for each section of shelves, just ‘cuz.
I’m going to smile every time I walk past it. No more running to the basement for a can of beans! No more wondering which cupboard the tuna is in! It’s all in this cabinet! And so pretty, and it just makes me smile to know that a hundred years ago, some woman canned up a storm and stored a winter’s worth of groceries in this pantry…and now, a hundred years later, so will I.